Well an interesting development has taken place on the dead computer front. Whilst browsing for some new case fans I located clearance motherboard nearly identical to the one that I belive has failed on me. When I say nearly identical I mean a slightly better model than the current one. The best bit is the price, about Â£23 including delivery. It's an ammount I can afford to lose on a chance like this. If it works however it could keep the system running for another 3 years or longer. The item isn't due to arrive until next friday so I wont have any news before then.
My only regret is fully dismanteling the computer and cleaning the case out. It means I have to put it all back together again, if it works I wont mind too much, if it fails I may end up kicking it.