Motherboard is dead, What next?

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Hi
All started about a week ago when I was playing some video games when my girlfriend asked me If I smelt something burning, I said no. About 20 minutes later I did start to smell it myself, And I also noticed smoke around my room. I quickly tried turning my PC off but it was too late, The system had already given in and turnt itself off.

Next day I took it to a PC specialist who first told me the PSU + Water cooling system had both burn't out. I ordered a Corsair CX750 and an Evo 212 Cooler to replace both to pick it up today to be told completely different, It turns out that the Motherboard and water cooler apparently died. I was pretty disappointed considering I had spent 65 bucks on a PSU I didn't need, Not only that but the Water cooling wasn't broken, My father managed to fix it within 5 minutes.

So, We tried the motherboard ourselves just in case while watching a few "How To" Videos, The Motherboard seems pretty broken though. It blinks once when plugged in then completely cuts out and takes the Water cooling with it. Bare in mind, The water cooling works fine by itself.

So, I'm wondering if the motherboard "Frying" has taken other components with it, Such as the Processor, Graphic cards, Memory ect as I have no way to tell as of yet.I'm thinking of buying a new motherboard and putting the CPU inside it and firing it up, But at the same time Im worried incase itll mess up my new motherboard!

Any suggestions?

Also, Could someone please suggest a decent, good priced motherboard thats compatible with this set up -

Zalman Z3 Plus Case
CX750W Corsair PSU
Intel Core i7 965 Extreme edition
MSI R9 280X Graphics Card
12GB RAM
Dvdrw Sata 750gb HDD + 250GB HDD + 120GB Laptop HDD.
 

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I doubt a broken CPU would fry a new motherboard. At worst I'd have thought it would have failed to work at all or it would work and you'd see some strange things happen.

Only way to know would be to replace the board with a similar socket and if it works, stress test the components. If it doesn't work, then you have your answer.

Someone feel free to tell me I'm wrong though.
 
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I doubt a broken CPU would fry a new motherboard. At worst I'd have thought it would have failed to work at all or it would work and you'd see some strange things happen.

Only way to know would be to replace the board with a similar socket and if it works, stress test the components. If it doesn't work, then you have your answer.

Someone feel free to tell me I'm wrong though.

So, Just buy a new motherboard, Throw in the CPU and fire it up?
Stupid question;How would I stress test components? Im assuming theres programs for this?
 

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Yes, there are programs.

Just to point out, it is in theory possible a CPU could damage a motherboard. I just think you'd be very unlucky to have that happen although I'd wait until someone else can agree/disagree with me before you go buying anything!

Your CPU is a LGA1366, so you might have 'fun' trying to source a replacement board. It might even be worth your time to look at upgrading instead.
 
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Yes, there are programs.

Just to point out, it is in theory possible a CPU could damage a motherboard. I just think you'd be very unlucky to have that happen although I'd wait until someone else can agree/disagree with me before you go buying anything!

Your CPU is a LGA1366, so you might have 'fun' trying to source a replacement board. It might even be worth your time to look at upgrading instead.


I was indeed thinking of upgrading,its just the matter of "what to"
I'm not too clever with PC's, Nor do I have a big budget right now, Thats the main issue :p
 

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Well, a replacement board seems to be going for about £100-200 which is a lot for older tech.

In terms of budget, you can do that or just look at some B-grade stuff. You'll be wanting to get a new CPU and motherboard which are of the same socket type.

Do you know what RAM you have?
 
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Well, a replacement board seems to be going for about £100-200 which is a lot for older tech.

In terms of budget, you can do that or just look at some B-grade stuff. You'll be wanting to get a new CPU and motherboard which are of the same socket type.

Do you know what RAM you have?

Yeah i just took a look and noticed its pretty expensive, Its pointless to actually buy it at that price, I just thought if I could save the Processor it'd save me a bit of cash but it doesn't seem doable considering the price.

To get a half decent CPU and Motherboard would cost what price would you say?

Not really sure on the RAM either, Just says Kingston Hyper Blu DDR3 on them.
 
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Yeah, This is what I have by the looks of things.
8GB DDR3 1333Mhz HyperX Blu Memory Kit
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Another 2GB of Kingston RAM
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Another 2GB of Samsung RAM
 
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DD3 is what we needed to know. :p

You can get yourself an 1155 i5 CPU for £170 and a compatible board for under £100.

Much better value.
 
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