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Hey guys, currently in my system I got a motherboard (Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3) whose sata ports don't work. It got 6, but only two (the sata 300 ports) accept any device plugged in. The problem doesn't lie with the HDDs/SSDs or DVD drive, but with the motherboard. I'm not sure why the other sata ports aren't working. I've set BIOS in both AHCI and IDE mode, everything is enabled, yet nothing. I don't know if I forgot something, or that the sata ports are simply broken. I made a ticket at a company, Compudoc, that visits when you got trouble with your PC (saves the trouble of bringing the PC to the store and missing it for a few days) but they still aren't responding to my ticket and it's almost been a week (they respond in 36 hours).

My CPU is a i5-2500k with a Scythe Mugen 3 to cool it down. I was thinking of replacing this cooler with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo, since it's quite cheap, much smaller (the Scythe Mugen is waaay too huge) and it fits on both 1150 and 1155 sockets, nice for in the future.

Now I'm unsure what to do. I have no idea how to find the cause of the broken sata ports, and I'm wondering as well how the CPU is holding. I mean, if I'm going to go for a new motherboard, should I get one that fits with the 2500k or should I save myself the trouble and go for a new motherboard AND cpu? This latter choice costs more money and I'm aware the I5-4670k is barely better then the 2500k. But if I buy a motherboard for the 2500k and the CPU breaks down, I'd be quite screwed since the motherboard would only fit another 1155 socket. Sucks a bit that motherboards can't be fitted for both sockets.

I also have to add, last week I bought an Asus Z87-A. I forgot to check which socket it was for, and now it's just sitting here. I'm thinking of bringing it back to the store, but I'm unsure if they'll accept it back. I couldn't find any scratches but they're quite keen on the quality, so I have to consider the possibility of them refusing to take it back. And then I would have to choose between buying a CPU for it and plug it in my system or sell it and lose some money on it.