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Uh....lets rewind the clock back about three weeks ago when that damn lightning strike rocked my world at two in the morning... My router, modem, slingbox, dish network receiver, and two phones got fried. Not so bad but, I had to have the phone co replace a phone line and the cable co had to come out and replace the transponder at a neighbors house next door so that I could get online again. I thought it was not so bad because my beloved build was still ok!

Well, lets fast foward to a week ago when an approaching t-storm just freaked me out to no end so I unplug everything that is dear to me. I unplug my rig and disconnected the connection to my router so, I am in the clear right??

Right after the storm passes, I plug my power cord in back and I see sparks flying from the back of the case and if I could have, I would have cried right then and there. It did not power on so, I ordered a corsair 750 watt power supply so that hopefully it would work.

I had a friend of mine who had a power supply meter and we take out the old and in with the new. After everything is hooked up, press the power button and presto nothing happens and my jaw drops to the floor.

I check everything twice and try again and we notice that there is smoke coming from the hard drive so we unplug the power supply and test it and the supply is still good. I then hook up the meter to the power supply without the hard drive and it still will not turn on.

We have come to the conclusion (my friend and I ) that the motherboard is fried for sure. My question is as per my topic question is, do I need to replace along with the mb, the memory, video card and the cpu?? I was planning on upgrading all of these components anyway but I wanted to replace them one at a time.

By the way my system was a E-6600 with a Asus P5n-SLI mb with 2gb of memory and a 320gb hd. Should I use the same case or do I need to start from scratch??
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post #2 of 8
i would say everything needs to be replaced except the case and PSU..have your friend check your ram and CPU to see if they went with the board. I'm guessing since you saw sparks they are cooked too and smoke from the hard drive i would say that's gone.
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that's crappy, and reminds me that i have no surge protection, lol

yeah, find someone with a 775 mobo and try your components on it 1-by-1
    
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post #4 of 8
Will your friend let you test out your other components in his rig?
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Will your friend let you test out your other components in his rig?

All he had was a power supply tester. He said if you have a cpu that you do not care about, then use it to test the hard drive. I think I will buy an external sata hard drive enclosure and see if it spins first before I hook it up to my dell laptop that is under warranty and see if anything is recoverable.

I probably will be out for at least 700.00 after it is said and done. Cpu 200, Mb around 130, memory 4gb around 100, hard drive around 100 and I have to add the 100 I have already spent on the new ps.

The rig was plugged in a surge protector but, I think that the surge protectors only work in fluctuations in voltage from the power company. The mode of entry in this computer was through the ethernet port. After this fiasco, I am going to buy a wireless card to hook up to my desktop. I wish I did not have to buy another cpu but, it is very sensitive to voltage and if it still worked, it may overheat.

Overall I very bummed out but I will take this as a lesson learned. If this were the lottery, I would be rich right now.(the odds of being struck by lightning) I lost a couple of tv's when I lived in Georgia where t-storms were a daily event in the summer. I thought I was invinceable when it came to storms since I moved to the DFW area but, I guess I am unlucky once again!
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post #6 of 8
You need to test your components on another PC dude!
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post #7 of 8
I think it's time for someone to invest in a power surge/UPS.

I'd personally start from scratch since i had a PC fry on me a long long time ago and I tried to salvage it, but most of the components were fried and i wasted a lot of time testing out everything, that i could just start from scratch and built a new rig.
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post #8 of 8
Ouch.. That really sucks! I'm sorry to say but there is a very high possibility that if the lightening strike fried your PSU and your Mobo, then everything that's connected to it would also suffer similar damage. But you may never know, I have a E6600 and its been 'magical'; I pushed it to 1.75v on w/c without frying it.

I suggest you spend ~$50 and buy a decent surge protector, in the end, it'll be worth the money.

Good Luck!
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