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"Bullett Proof" Asus AM2/3/3+ motherboards and how did you kill them?

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I'm just curious..........a friend of mine is amazed that I killed an Asus M4A78M-Pro with a brand new AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE freshly installed. Actually, it was f***king stupid! I cleaned out the case with some canned air and washed the intake fan filters.

There was apparently a damp dust bunny stuck to the filter that I didn't see.

When I powered everything back up..........nothing. A BLACK screen. PLUS......I couldn't turn off the PC without unplugging it. Come to find out, I only blew the motherboard.............and the USB keyboard and my Thrustmaster Digital Extreme Joystick.

After replacing the old mobo I discovered the culprit...........a small ball of dust, about the size of a BB or so.......the clearance between my old mobo and the metal tub it sat in.

Now, THAT was totally because of carelessness and not paying attention to details.

WHAT has anybody done, deliberately, knowing full well what the outcome might be, done to their PC that killed their motherboard?

Again, just curious..............
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Well its not an AMD board but... I had the Striker Extreme Rev. 1 and a BIOS flash killed a board that two power supplies had exploded on beforehand several years before. They said to revert to default settings BEFORE flashing (I thought they were stupid, turns out their crap BIOS didnt like that)
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Its more than easy to blow an AM3 board with a high TDP processor, especially a board like the M4A78M that has no VRM heat sinks.

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Mine blew because of a small piece of dust between the mobo and the frame. Trust me, I didn't mean to do that. I had just gotten a new EVGA GTX 240 at the time, too. Surprisingly, the EVGA card wasn't damaged at all nor was the 955.

I was actually wondering if there has been anybody who knew FULL WELL (I'm sure there's a few) they were pushing the limit and with the push of ONE button.................caused them to run to Fry's the next day. Or whatever!!!! WHAT did you find that DID kill your favorite rig that was totally preventable and stupid?

Just wondering........
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My M4A79T Deluxe is still going strong five years down the road with the same Phenom II X4 955 BE (C2) @ 3.6 Ghz. Such a reliable pair and I can still play most games on very high settings with an HD 7850 2GB.
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