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Jan 07, 13 at 3:06pmCoconut


Okay so I was testing my parts before I put them in the case and I've followed the instructions and tutorials to make sure I was doing it right and then bam. A spark then a tiny fire for a few seconds before it went out after I turned the power supply off. I have no idea why it did this as I'm pretty sure everything is compatible. I have photos I'll upload of the area that sparked. Will my motherboard or anything else be damaged or will it be okay? I'm hoping it will work again after getting advice as I don't want to have to buy a new one
Here are some photos of the motherboard and the area which (I think) caught fire/sparked.
I'm currently totally stressing out as this is a lot of money I've spent and I was so sure I did everything correctly but I'm doubting my self any help and advice is grately appreciated!

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Jan 09, 13 at 7:18am
Benedict


quote Randome
Whatever that component is, I'm sure it's not useless. If it's possible to get them to replace the motherboard, I'd do that. I wouldn't want to risk the CPU.
It's a capacitor and there is several of them, looking at it's position it's for managing voltage of a key component. So on second thoughts, RMA it.



Jan 08, 13 at 11:16am
Luis_GT


Don't reassemble it, just get it exchanged, that's a PWM module, basically what controlls the flow of power to the CPU and other chipsets, once that goes, the motherboard is toast.

And like I said, the GPU doesn't need external power, it gets enough power from the PCI-e socket.



Jan 08, 13 at 10:59am
Randome


Whatever that component is, I'm sure it's not useless. If it's possible to get them to replace the motherboard, I'd do that. I wouldn't want to risk the CPU.



Jan 08, 13 at 10:46am
Coconut


Luis_GT I literally only bought it last week and it got delivered yesterday so I might ask to exchange it.

I thought it didn't need one as there was no obvious socket anywhere for a power cable to be plugged in, and the fan on the graphics card did show a sign of life before I turned the power off, so it mustn't need external powering.

Benedict Do you think there will be a chance it'll be okay? Do you think it is worth me assembling it all in the case to see if it works? Then if not just dessemble it and exchange it via the retailer.

Thanks for replying everyone! I've been stressing about this ever since it happened and I want to get as many opinions as possible before I do anything!




Jan 08, 13 at 9:04am
Benedict


It's a capacitor, you might be fine.



Jan 08, 13 at 7:38am
Luis_GT


quote Crusad3r
The mobo's dead, no doubt. Just pray that your CPU isn't as well.

Luis_GT it consumes 350w according to the specification sheet, which is more than the mobo can handle iirc

The GT 630 draws a maximum power of 50 watts... the only 600 series to draw that much power, and this is basing it on my 470 is the 690 which is a dual GPU setup.



Jan 08, 13 at 7:32am
Crusad3r


The mobo's dead, no doubt. Just pray that your CPU isn't as well.

Luis_GT it consumes 350w according to the specification sheet, which is more than the mobo can handle iirc



Jan 08, 13 at 7:30am
Luis_GT


RMA it, if you are within 30 day of buying it you can have the retailer exchange it, if not, just send it to the manufacturer, will take about a week or 2, in my experience with Gigabyte RMA, but you will only have to waste money on postage, and that motherboard has 3 years warranty.

The 630 doesn't need external power, it doesn't consume enough watts to need one...



Jan 08, 13 at 7:07am
Coconut


It's okay for criticism as it probably was my fault anyways But thanks for the replies Randome and Crusad3r! As long as everything else should be okay then I don't mind spending another £60-70 on a new motherboard. And also Crusad3r, I know I'm probably missing the obvious but I couldn't see anywhere to plug in the power to the graphics card. I literally sat there for ages with my dad trying to figure out where to plug the power into. Although it did work for a split second without a power plugged into the card as the fans worked then.

I know the motherboard will most definitely be bust but is it worth trying it again or not?




Jan 08, 13 at 6:17am
Crusad3r


Looks like you overloaded your motherboard.

Graphics card generally goes last when putting parts in. Even after you've installed windows. Also looks like your graphics card wasn't connected to your power supply from the photo.

Other possible reason is that your CPU wasn't properly placed in, causing a short.



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