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Hi guys. Soo, I bought the kit suggested and he put it in last night, everything was fine but then suddenly after he put everything back together and had it on for about 20 seconds it shut off. I feel so bad! My present broke his computer. =\\ What do you guys think it is? He thinks it's the power supply or the motherboard is fried. Anyway to tell which it is before buying anything or is the only way to buy a new power supply and test? Power doesn't go to anything or make anything work. I'd really appreciated your help guys, he's really upset and I don't know how to make it better.
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My first take would be that something did not go right when he installed it.. sorry to say. Given the fact that the rig did run for 20 seconds and then stopped gives me the feeling that either something overheated (CPU?) or that indeed the PSU gave up. However, generally a watercooling kit does not draw that much power, so I don't think the PSU is the problem.

Did he do anything special while booting his rig??

It can be something simpler, like there is a short circuit somewhere, causing the rig to fail to boot.

I do assume he has enough experience with this kind of installations..
    
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Just to be safe I'd check the psu. It's the most easy thing to check. Call up a friend and see if they will let you check it on their rig. If that's a no, you can always take yours to a computer store. As long as you buy the new one from them they usually won't mind checking it for you.

Another thing it could be is a lose wire maybe. I had that problem before. I had finished an upgrade and started up the computer. Everything ran fine for about 2 minutes then it just shut off. I just rechecked all my wires and everything was fine again.

Lets hope it's not the motherboard.

You might also want to unplug everything and then replug it. I've seen a few computers get shut off due to lightning and the such and will not turn back on. However, when you unplug them and plug them back up they seem to work. Strange.. but at least it worked for me.
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He said he sees one little burnt black square close to his cpu on the motherboard...
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Does it not boot at all?

Some motherboards have a CPU fan fail so the PC will not boot unless it detects a CPU fan. This can be found in the BIOS options, try disabling it.

But if it is not booting at all I would go with what Chozart said
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He said he sees one little burnt black square close to his cpu...
Oh in that case it looks like one of the Voltage regulation Caps has blown.
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What does that mean? Meep. I feel terrible. ;-;
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Dont suppose you have a camera to take a snap of the area that is scortched?

If it is a blow cap it is usually attributed to a PSU failure overloading the motherboard. The caps blow as a safety margin to prevent damage to other components attached to the board. If this is the case, im sorry to say the board will have to be RMA'ed.

I would not feel bad, Its happened to us all at some point in our computing histories
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post #9 of 97
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Yeah sure, just gimme a few minutes.
post #10 of 97
And RMA's means returned to the shop where he bought it, so it can be replaced/repaired.

But yes, a picture would be nice.

And please don't feel too guilty about this. It was really nice of you to give him this gift. It's not your fault it did not work out (yet). There are several possible causes. If it was indeed the PSU, this would have happened sooner or later anyways.
    
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