broken motherboard? suggest replacement please
my brother knocked his tower over yesterday and it landed on its head. I did some troubleshooting and I am fairly certain the motherboard is toast. The computer would power on alright but monitor will not receive any signal.
-full disassemble/reassembly to check for loose parts
-trying both pci-e slots with 2 different video cards
-trying a different monitor
mobo: asus M2N-sli deluxe
cpu: amd AM2 athlon x2 (cannot recall specific model)
gpu: bfg 8800gts (also tried a freshly RMA'd 9800gtx+)
ram: 2x2gb ocz sli-ready pc2-6400 ram
psu: antec tru power trio 650w
HD: WD black 320 gb
any suggestions for further troubleshooting? or am I correct in my diagnosis...
If so, what motherboard would you suggest as a replacement? I was thinking about picking up an AM3/AM2+/AM2 capable motherboard that takes DDR2 ram so I can use existing parts and also upgrade the cpu down the road. Thoughts?
EDIT: would this motherboard be suitable?
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if you also tried another psu?
go giga, 770 or 780/85 will treat you really good.
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hell you could go for the el cheapo 6100 chipsetted foxconn at 40 buckers
dont think of oc'ing tough. so if its just somethign to tie him over for a bit, that might do the trick
for that price?
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what i see on the pcb looks good. for that price.
you dont think i should get a am3/am2+/am2 board?
if its to tie him over get whatever works.
if he needs 'future proof', then 785g from giga or so because itll take a hexa core.
altough id rather put a hexa in an 870a boardie :)
did you check the hard drive, tried booting without it plugged in?
id think the drive would be most sensitive to a fall like this
in some cases a bad drive will prevent you to go over the initial bios screen, and probably in rare cases it might short the mobo out. very hard, but i guess plausible.
Was there any problems whatsoever before the fall?
the pci-e connector that the gpu was attached to during the fall is damaged I think (gpu doesn't sit well in it, clip no longer clips). but as I mentioned earlier using the 2nd pci-e slot doesn't help.
I also tried another psu and that didn't help either.
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