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I broke my mother board can i do this?

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While cleaning my cpu cause i wanted to replace the thermal grease on it I realised that after placing my cpu back in i bent some of the pins and from what I've already read it is beyond repair.

So now I've gotten over the fact that i just said bye bye to 250 bucks, I just wanted to ask if I bought the exact same motherboard would I need to re install my windows?

Or if i bought a completely new mother board could I salvage my windows?
post #2 of 9
You should have just cleaned the TP without removing the CPU.
I would just do a clean install of windows tbh. It might work, all it needs is for Windows to install some stuff on the mobo. As long as its the same model of mobo, it should work. But, as I mentioned a clean install is always recommended.
    
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Buy a magnifier, if the pins are only bent you can easily straighten them with a steady hand and a really sharp pencil I've done it a few times already. PM if you want more direction. And yes if you buy the same motherboard or a similar one with the same drivers it should work perfectly fine. At most you may have to boot the system in safe mode first and uninstall the drivers
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post #4 of 9
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couldnt i just install the new drivers straight up (that being the mobo) or do i have to uninstall the drivers.
post #5 of 9
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and i think i already screwed it up more by trying to fix it without a magnifier, i only used a pin im so silly i panicked hey, but yeah i got over it and now just gotta get a new mobo
post #6 of 9
You should be fine installing the new board as long as its mostly the same, which most will be since they are all X58.

Personally, i would buy the new board and either sell the broken one off to someone who can fix it, or order a magnifier and try to fix it. if you fix it you can sell the old board then. The magnifier is like $2 on ebay.

Now depending on the situation though you may just be better off selling the CPU and getting a sandy bridge CPU and MB since the cost would probably be around the same, and you would probably break almost even on the CPU if you grab and 2500K
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post #7 of 9
you can sell your cpu and get a new i7 2600k + z68 mobo
post #8 of 9
Some mobo makers actually do mobo socket repairs/replacements for a fee (costs much less than a mobo replacement & greener too), never hurts to ask Asus 1st.

Good luck.
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The tip of a mechanical pencil is pretty much the perfect size for straightening pins(both on the motherboard and on the CPU. I haven't done it alot, but a few times. Every time I've straightened them and the CPU or MB worked fine.

If you buy the same motherboard the current Windows install should be fine. Where I work for example, they never re-install windows if a machine needs it. They actually walk out and replace the hard drive. Since every machine is the same it works...and then there is less network traffic. I think it completely backwards and assine, but I am not the person in charge of that.
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