Please could you guys help. I have overheated my AMD Athlon 3200+ 400/333 CPU. It is on an Asus A7N8X motherboard and I can't get another CPU, even on e-bay. Can I fit a different one or do I have to change the motherboard and if so will I then need to change the memory (184 pin DDR DIMM), graphics card and etc. or can I find something that will fit?
Sorry, baldydave and Zaggerman your responses came in while I was replying to jimv7. I have taken the fan off and there was loads of fluff in the cpu heatsink. After cleaning it and the fan I tried again but no joy. I may try one of the cpu's in Zaggerman's link, but at £60 incl p&p it's a bit risky.
I foolishly ignored several "freezes" and restarted the pc, not realising that the cpu has an inbuilt protection that shuts it down, presumably by freezing the screen. I'm hoping that nothing else was damaged. I always kept the rest of the pc dut free, not thinking to remove the cpu fan and heat sink and clearing them out too. When the pc froze there were no error codes or any other indication of what was up, so now I know.