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MSI 880GM-E41 Dead, Please Help Me!!

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Hey, my motherboard was going stop up until yesterday when I was playing Dirt 3 and it just randomly switched off and refused to switch on. When the on button was pressed one fan moved slightly. When the system stopped I had CPUID running as i had just overclocked and was checking out the temps, which were are 30 degrees with prime 95 running! I had also just installed my cooler master haf 922 case and hard rock pro cpu cooler. Once the system shut down I took a look and at the montherboard and realised that the capacitors next to the cpu socket were VERY hot, I think I have blown the cpu socket or something.
I did a lot of troubleshooting with other power supply and stuff and it was found out that the whole system works except for the cpu power socket. When the cpu cable is plugged into the cpu power socket on the mobo the system won't turn on at all. But soon as the cpu power cable is removed the system run but no buzzer sounds of anything because obiously there is no processing power. I have my on athlon II dual core processor that I could try but I can't be bothered taking off the cpu cooler becuase it is such a mission, stupid clamp system.

A summary - computer stopped, capacitors got very hot, unplugged cpu power, system ran but obviously no screen image or anything.

That Msi website says that all motherboard have a one year warranty so this could be worth taking a look into. I have every intention to invest in a crosshair IV/V because this current motherboard just isn't upto what I need it for.

Thanks in advance
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1055T (95w) MSI 880GM-E41 XFX Radeon 5870 Kingston Hyper X Blu 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1Tb Hitachi Sony DVD multi-recorder Window 7 64-bit Professional ViewSonic 19" 
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Microsoft Cooler Master Silent Pro Modular 500w Cooler Master 922 Microsoft 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1055T (95w) MSI 880GM-E41 XFX Radeon 5870 Kingston Hyper X Blu 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1Tb Hitachi Sony DVD multi-recorder Window 7 64-bit Professional ViewSonic 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Cooler Master Silent Pro Modular 500w Cooler Master 922 Microsoft 
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post #2 of 4
Capacitors next to the CPU socket? Hot?
I think you blew the VRMs...
The 1055T may be a 95W and within the board's TDP spec, but it is still a Phenom II x6 and one of the more VRM heavy chips out there. And the 880GM-E41 is still a lower end 3+1 phase not meant for overclocking at all.
The Be Quiet! Dark Rock Pro is a tower heatsink, removing cooling to the VRMs. Looks like it played a part in this. Remember that boards are always TDP rated at STOCK SPEED and STOCK COOLER. Stock coolers blow on motherboard components due to the design, including the VRMs. Using a different cooler goes beyond the board's spec.

Confirm it - unplug the 4-pin/8-pin CPU connector and attempt to boot. If it turns on (obviously it won't POST), your fried your VRMs.
Might want to read up on the links in my sig on why using low end MSI boards with the x6 is a bad idea, and why to ensure your VRMs are cooled...
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/16/11 at 3:50pm
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Thanks so much! This has clarified what I thought. I am new to all this so don't know all the computer 'lingo'. It seems like you're right and that I burn't out my VRMs. I plan on getting either the crosshair IV or V so that I can overclock without having to worry. I have some seriously research to do, so that I can overclock safely.

Yeah when everything is plugged in and I press on, nothing happens.
Once the CPU socket is unplugged the system runs but the power button doesn't turn the computer back off.

I have been reading through the topics in your sig and they are really helpful, thanks! Is the crosshair V good? It's quite pricey but I want a realiable motherboard that I can get my 1055t to 4Ghz with.
My Computer
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1055T (95w) MSI 880GM-E41 XFX Radeon 5870 Kingston Hyper X Blu 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1Tb Hitachi Sony DVD multi-recorder Window 7 64-bit Professional ViewSonic 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Cooler Master Silent Pro Modular 500w Cooler Master 922 Microsoft 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II x6 1055T (95w) MSI 880GM-E41 XFX Radeon 5870 Kingston Hyper X Blu 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1Tb Hitachi Sony DVD multi-recorder Window 7 64-bit Professional ViewSonic 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Cooler Master Silent Pro Modular 500w Cooler Master 922 Microsoft 
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You might want to opt for the Sabertooth 990FX or other such alternatives. I've seen a lot of threads about Crosshair V problems, and it may not be as good a board as we think. I may be wrong, but I do know a person who has had success with the Sabertooth 990FX, the board has an overall high reputation here on OCN and I don't think any threads about Sabertooth problems have come up.
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