I was putting together a build for my brother-in-law from my old parts...
I put these components in:
Gigabyte 8IPE1000 Pro mobo
4x256 kingston value ram
P4 3.2 northwood
7600 GS gfx card - xfx
Into a cheapo case...
with a cheapo power supply (that had been working with the above set up for about a year in an old case)
So I turn it on... NOTHING.
I look in the case - only a yellow LED in the corner of the motherboard is lit.
I read stuff online - it says to reset the CMOS and maybe that'll help.
I take out the battery for 2 mins, then replace it.
I turn it on again.
SMOKE!!! FLAME!!! I really can't believe it - the damn thing sparked on me...
I hadn't O/C'd or anything.
Now - none of these items are still in warranty, so what do you think I should do? Do I change the mobo, or assume that it has fried everything else too (CPU, GFX, memory)???
Or do I just redo from start...
I do not know how or why it did this either - this was the third system I've put together and the others have really not done much smoking...
I'd be mortified if this was a brand new setup, but I'm not so worried as this was an OLD PARTS system...
It was probably the crappy power supply that caused the spark, at least it was in an old computer. You could try another quality psu to see if it will boot (hoping that the psu didn't take down the mobo, ram and video with it). If not, you wiill have to build a new system.
i'd check the standoffs or nomad screws underneath the board. whatever caused the board to crash and burn won't tell us much about the other components anyway, you won't know which components are gone till you test them individually.