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Came home after 7 months to a stripped down and broken PC, some help in getting it back on its feet? :)

I've recently came back home after spending 7 months away, only to discover that my family have just helped themselves to parts of my PC :( (Pics of the baren PC and its problems described below here )

Now normally I wouldn't care as much but in the process of removing the CPU they have pretty much fucked the CPU and my motherboard up, (as far as i can tell the cpu just "split" in two, the gold pins and some kinda circuit board still inside the socket)

I can build PCs confidently but repairing them is different and I'd like to know if its possible to save the M/B and continue to use it or to just start over again and make it nice and new and powerful again...at least i still have my power supply! :D

Also any help with the new innards would be appreciated, was thinking about just going for a bundle from scan, something similar to this:

M/B: Asus Z87-K
CPU: Intel Core i5 4670K
RAM: 2 x 4GB Corsair 3XS Only Vengeance LP Black 1600Mhz C9 Module

and maybe a GTX 760 as the new Graphics card but it might be a tad too expensive but I'm just giving you guys a best case scenario here as i see it but of course i welcome replacements for any of these if there is strong evidence to do so :)

Mainly my PCs are used for games and movies and would really like to get the best performance i can for around £600.

Thanks for having a look and I hope someone might be able to help me!

Edit: The old M/B is an ASUS P7P55D-E PRO btw and im pretty sure the CPU had pins on the bottom when i installed it, and i can see them in the socket and will fall out if i wiggle them XD Im PRETTY sure its not supposed to do that :3
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  1. What motherboard did you have? If it's an Intel LGA-based motherboard, the pins are supposed to be there (LGA is short for Land Grid Array, which means the pins are attached to the motherboard instead of the cpu)

    Edit: I hadn't initially noticed the link to the pictures, but the parts look fine. You just need to remount the cpu and cooler, then add some memory and a video card. Possibly also a new SSD and/or HDD - I can't tell from the pictures whether those are still in the case.
  2. Core i5 CPUs don't have pins. Intel hasn't used pins on their processors for quite some time now. From the pictures, the CPU and the motherboard socket look fine. All you have to do is line up the notches on the side of the CPU with the grooves in the socket, put the metal plate down, and the clamp it closed with the metal bar arm.
  3. The old M/B is an ASUS P7P55D-E PRO btw and im pretty sure the CPU had pins on the bottom when i installed it, and i can see them in the socket and will fall out if i wiggle them XD Im PRETTY sure its not supposed to do that :3
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    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P7P55DE_PRO/#gallery
    The pins are on the motherboard there, not holes for cpu pins.
  5. MauveCloud said:
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/P7P55DE_PRO/#gallery
    The pins are on the motherboard there, not holes for cpu pins.


    Well i feel dumb now :P I guess i got so caught up in the fact my PC was salvaged I just figured they broke my CPU as well :P

    Regardless I would still like to upgrade it and If im right then this motherboard's socket isnt compatible with some of the new CPUs?

    Guess I've gotten pretty rusty at this :P
  6. Yeah, that's an LGA 1156 board, which is a few generations old. If you have the money, upgrading to an LGA 1150 system might still be a good idea. The parts you listed in your initial post are good.
  7. That's so rude. I'd be so pi**ed off :lol:

    like MauveCloud said, the parts you listed are good :)
  8. yeah? Well okay then that makes this a lil bit more simple then :) I already have my SSD harddrive and a non-ssd one for space and If im going to be getting a new GPU then i might as well upgrade the rest of it :) Any arguments on the gtx 760? I read a good review on it but I dunno if its the most bang for my buck so to speak :P
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