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My New Motherboard started smoking! First build need help!

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June 8, 2013 2:40:00 PM

My first ever build came crashing down before me. On my first time turning it on, it started smoking and I noticed a fire starting so I instantly turned it off. The motherboard power light is still on when it's idle and I see no immediate damage.. although I'm sure there is. However.. I don't think it's my fault. The part that seemed to start it was above the cpu socket.. to the left of the cpu fan pin. I part I never touched other then to plug in the cpu fan. Here is an image of the motherboard. It is the red block to the far right of the mobo on this picture. Please help! Should MSI replace my motherboard or did I mess up someplace?Are most of the parts salvageable if I did? I think the part that the smoke was coming from was the power delivery component. Which I haven't touched and there is nothing in the manual about.
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June 8, 2013 2:51:53 PM

I would RMA the motherboard and probably the power supply too.
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June 8, 2013 2:53:30 PM

RMA the board =YES. You can salvage your parts and use them on the newer board. It is unlikely it is anything you did, some parts slip by quality control @ the factory (rare) and they will honor the warranty.
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June 8, 2013 2:53:37 PM

alexoiu said:
I would RMA the motherboard and probably the power supply too.


I think the part that the smoke was coming from was the power delivery component. Which I haven't touched and there is nothing in the manual about.
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June 8, 2013 3:29:50 PM

I tried booting it one last time and there was no smoke/fire this time.. however no image on the monitor. Still sending it back.. How do I know other parts weren't affected?
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June 8, 2013 3:34:36 PM

There is no way to be sure unless you can test each part on another computer. "power delivery component" I hope you mean the cable wire/plug and get rid of that one.
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June 8, 2013 3:46:34 PM

ur6beersaway said:
There is no way to be sure unless you can test each part on another computer. "power delivery component" I hope you mean the cable wire/plug and get rid of that one.


Well I have taken everything out as I am going to send it back. Here is the exact spot from which it was smoking and I saw a small fire. I just want to make sure I didn't do anything wrong so when I try this a second time I won't have the same result.
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June 8, 2013 3:54:40 PM

That is the VRM module, definitely not you, RMA & let us know how it goes.
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June 8, 2013 3:58:47 PM

ur6beersaway said:
That is the VRM module, definitely not you, RMA & let us know how it goes.


Made my day by telling me it's not my fault! ha Now tell me everything else is salvageable and my day will be even better.
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June 8, 2013 4:07:32 PM

There is always a chance nothing (leaked) volt past since it was sudden & quick. Positive thoughts.
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June 8, 2013 4:08:38 PM

ur6beersaway said:
There is always a chance nothing (leaked) volt past since it was sudden & quick. Positive thoughts.


When I have you here one quick question. The 8pin 12v connector was right to the left of this. One confusing part of my build was since my psu had a 4+4 connector was whether to plug all 8 in or just 4 of them?
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June 8, 2013 6:19:01 PM

ALL 8, as one piece, there is a plastic clasp that locks them in the right way.
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