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Should I repair a fried motherboard or buy a new one?

by Probuddha / July 8, 2016 1:25 PM PDT

So my Gigabyte 78LMT-USB3 motherboard was affected after my CoolerMaster PSU went up in smoke.

I had replaced my PSU and even though the CPU fans are rotating, the pc itself isn't booting. I took my MoBo, CPU and RAM to a local pc repair shop and they said that the motherboard has been affected and they will try to repair it. It has been 3 days and they haven't been able to go anywhere with the repair.

Now before I make another attempt at repairing it (at a Gigabyte Service Center), I wanted to seek your opinion whether it would be worth repairing the motherboard or buying a new one instead.

Please share your thoughts

Thanks

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Here this is a 55 buck board.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2016 1:30 PM PDT
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Replace the board
by Zouch / July 9, 2016 2:15 AM PDT

Bob's right, $55 will get you about 30-40 minutes repair work from the shop and you'll still have a potentially weak board. A new one, with a warranty is much better deal.

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Buy new or replace board
by wippernm / July 8, 2016 9:36 PM PDT

FIrst, How old is your computer. If it is greater than 5 years, you may want buy new since you technology is so far out of date, a new computer would make you feel like superman.

If your computer does everything that you need. you already said that you replaced the PSU. So that tells me that you at least know how to open the case.

If you open the case and look carefully, you may be able to find out the exact board that you have. Now the problem with name brand computers is that sometimes if not most of the time, they have the boards made just for them.

If you try to buy a motherboard from Dell, it might cost to much to afford. If you can find a board that matches your computer, you can buy that board and follow the directions or look at youtube and may find exactly how to exchange the board.

You might think about buying a barebones computer and just build your own. Two thoughts there. Find one that all of your memory, video boards and such will work. Then you can just replace the board and attach everything. Use the driver disk that comes with the motherboard and download the drivers for everything else.

You will have to reinstall your operating system. This might be your biggest problem Microsoft is no kind to people who change hardware. You may have to try and get them to allow it or you will have to pay for a new operating system.

Might be time to think about another operating system. Your choice.

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get new one
by renegade600 / July 10, 2016 1:16 PM PDT

I would most likely get a new one. could be cheaper unless it is under warranty. If you are running oem/system builders operating system be sure to replace with exact same motherboard or you will have to purchase another operating system to be legit.

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