Which did I fry, MoBo or CPU?

OK so I have fryed either my motherboard or my CPU, and i dont know which is fried. heres what happen....

I was trying to reseat my geforce 260, so i was putting it back in and the the metal plate with the dvi ports was not close enough to the back panel of the case to screw it in (i have this problem with all my cards, even though the case has great reviews for how the componets fit together). It was hard unscrewing it, and even harder to screw in, thats where i think i went wrong, I pushed pretty far to screw it back in. Then from there on out, when i was starting windows, the usual programs started up, i could use it for a sec then it froze. There are 2 types of freezing it would do: 1.The complete screen would freeze, nothing was responsive not even the mouse. This type happened when i first built the PC very occasionaly. type #2. It freezez right when i try and open a program the loading icon starts on the mouse, then it just sits and does nothing so i have to restart. mostly it is type 1 now.
Now it cant get past trying to open a program. I now only have the cpu, harddrive, dvd drive, PSU of course, and am using the integrated video card. I am quite sure one of the 2 are fryed, or both somehow.... The mobo and cpu are about 5 weeks old. one last thing, at the same time as i was reseating my Geforce, I was switching out my soundcard with my wireless card. the geforce basically is touching whatever is in the slot next to it. and not sure if this will help but one of the last times i turned it on the geforce fan was making a funky sound and the bios wouldnt load (the beep). But im sure its not the graphics card because i am using the onboard card now and it does the same thing with the 260 out of the pc.

Here are my exact specs:

Vista 64
mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131323
CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103244
4GB memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104008
Geforce 260 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150310
case - http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146047&nm_mc=OTC-RSS&cm_mmc=OTC-RSS-_-Computer%20Cases-_-NZXT-_-N82E16811146047
PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139001
Hard Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262

Please give me your input, how do i know if it is the mobo or the cpu???

Thank you
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  1. You might have some debris on/under/touching the motherboard from the case when you were screwing the video card in, shavings. Or you could have simply bent/contorted the motherboard too much when fitting the card.

    Either way, there is a 99.9% chance its the motherboard. CPU's dont just die from messing around with the PCI or I/O slots.
  2. great thank you for the responce, I'm going to check for debrise. I was pretty positive it was the mobo. Some more opinions would help confim I need a new mobo :)

    I dont know if I should just get a new mobo that is just cheaper and use my warrenty or just buy a new one that is cheaper, but can handle all my hardware good. Any suggestions on a new mobo for all my hardware?
  3. is it worth it to use my warenty and just buy a temp, or should i just buy a new one? I can't even figure out how to use the warrenty there is no info.
  4. goat199 said:
    is it worth it to use my warenty and just buy a temp, or should i just buy a new one? I can't even figure out how to use the warrenty there is no info.

    take it back to the place you bought it from..

    you will more than likely get a new motherboard to replace it...

    buy a new board from somewhere else and look after it a better... go for a gigabye board as they are the best for reliability imho...
  5. hmm...Phenom 9600 BE ewwww. You should get a better CPU. Any ways. The Phenom 9600 is the B2 revresion and has the TLB bug. But any ways I'm with the rest of the people here. It is more likly that your motherboard is dead.
  6. what is the TLB bug?
  7. The TLB bug basically meant that AMD released processor which made windows unstable and crash with bsod..

    To fix the bug they made mobo manufacturers patch the motherboard with a bios update..

    The first batch of Phenoms were slow as it was let alone a bios update which made it slower.

    The worst processor release ever in other words..
  8. how do i know if it is patched? it is 5 weeks old
  9. The chip is fine goat
  10. goat199 said:
    how do i know if it is patched? it is 5 weeks old

    update the motherboard bios..

    you cant update the processor by software.
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