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On Wednesday I put together the PC out side the case and it worked fine with a 5770 installed. I got his 2 460s yesterday and put everythin g in the case and even did cable management. I installed the 460s in SLI. When I turned on the PC there was a little noise coming from the inside. I tried to look what it was, but before I could check I saw smoke coming from the top 2 fan vents then I unplugged the PC right away. It smelled like something burnt.

After that I tried one card at the time and the 2 460s and the 1 5770 work in the first 5770 PCi-E slot. I have not tried to put just one in the second slot yet. I don't see anything burnt so I just uploaded some pics and maybe you guys can catch something. Also something odd is that when I put the 2 460s now I get a CPU led message in the motherboard.

So what could have burnt? The computer seems to work with 1 video card in the first slot. Could it have been that the second pic-e slot burnt? I can't even try to put the second VC in the third slot because there is a small metal from the case not letting me sit the card all the way down.


Maybe I should add his specs:
Core i5 2500k
ASUS 750w Gaming series PSU
Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600
A70
NZXT Tempest cammo edition
2x460 MSI Cyclons or Asus 5770.


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I'm confused now... I plugged 1 460 and it worked, then I plugged the other one and worked, too.
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Tough break! try looking around for burnt components, perhaps one (of the many) vrm mosfets went, so it still "works" but not optimally?
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any clue as to where the smoke came from? check caps and everything very carefully
    
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Wooha there dude!
You need to look very carefully at everything and figure out exactly what is burned and where the smoke came from.
I wouldn't advise powering it up until you know that, you could unwillingly damaged more components.
Smoke is never good, find out whats blown and then i can help you further buddy.
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I can't see anything burnt maybe I should wait until tomorrow and look. But the computer seems to work with only 1 video card in the first PCI- Express slot. If I put the second card there is no video output and the motherboard gets the CPU led light on (odd) then the computer restarts after a few and kind of loops into that.

I was going to try to plug the second card into the third PC-express slot to see if it was the second PC-E slot that got dmged, because I put a card there and it wouldn't display anything.

I'm very fustrated with this, I was hoping it would work right away since I already left him w/o his new computer for almost 3 weeks by borrowing his motherboard and sending mine to RMA.
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Hmm well is certainly is behaving strangely, Personally I wouldn't use it until i knew exactly what was wrong in case it got worse but If you have to, just keep a close eye on it and have a look as soon as possible to try and figure out what has burnt out. You might be in luck, it could just be one pci express port has died or it could be something more serious. You really do need to find out whats burnt and why it burnt, i dont want to sound like a broken record here but if something has produced smoke it needs to be investigated to prevent further damage to your components.
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Originally Posted by Jim McNasty View Post
Hmm well is certainly is behaving strangely, Personally I wouldn't use it until i knew exactly what was wrong in case it got worse but If you have to, just keep a close eye on it and have a look as soon as possible to try and figure out what has burnt out. You might be in luck, it could just be one pci express port has died or it could be something more serious. You really do need to find out whats burnt and why it burnt, i dont want to sound like a broken record here but if something has produced smoke it needs to be investigated to prevent further damage to your components.
i 2nd this.
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post #9 of 24
My theories;

1. You could have lost a mosfet

2. You could have blown one of the caps

3. Perhaps there was dust which briefly ignited

Not sure about the second card causing the LEDs to go, though.
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I insptected everything yesterday and I didn't see anything burnt though it was a bit dark. Something that I did hear was a weird noise and when I opened the case I saw that the second video card's fan was like barely touching the HD audio cable. I was thinking that maybe the friction caused the smoke... but the card seems to work, but I can't have both cards at the same time.

I think what I'll do since it works fine with one card it seems... I'll install Win7 then run something like prime to make sure CPU is working because the LED in the motherboard worries me. But it only lights up when I put the 2 video cards.

What sucks is that I can't put the second card in the third PC-express slot because the case wasn't really designed for that and I need to cut a piece of metal.

Maybe I should add his specs:
Core i5 2500k
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2x460 MSI Cyclons or Asus 5770.
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