Originally Posted by MME1122
Sorry to hear about your boards. Replacing a motherboard essentially means rebuilding the PC..but it'll be good experience
Some tips, take pictures. It'll help you put things back where they belong and then you can show us as well if you get stuck. You'll also need new thermal paste for the heatsink, you shouldn't reuse what's there if you can avoid it. Also be patient and remember that the parts aren't as fragile as most people think. Particularly installing the CPU will require some force for the bracket. Just don't drop parts on the floor and be careful not to bend pins.
Thanks for the tips... i have ordered new thermal past but didn't think about taking pics, i have done some dissembly and drew myself a crude diagram though. I already tried a new PS when the fans didn't come on but no luck. I also ordered a $12 plug in volt tester for the power supply that could have saved buying the new PS, a first for me and seems to be a grate help to stop the "wonder ifs".
Most of the parts should be in this week. I even bit the bullet and sprung for a new ssd i have read so much about, it's a new egg refub but the best i could do... some bills ain't gonna get paid on time this month... but i gotta know. I have really been disappointed in speed so maybe this will help. I hate loosing my old win 7 operating system with all my programs but i don't know how to change the mother board and keep my old hard drive working.
If there is a way- maybe some could point me to a thread how to keep my old hard drive then i could clone to my new ssd. I appreciate the warm welcome and thanks. Sorry it was not my intention to tell my story, but one last thing- i'm 65 and self taught, i almost missed the computer age for me but computers are have been fun even if i poured a glass of water on the mother board, lol...joe