Life through me a curve ball and the planned upgrade I was going to do has changed due to the fact that the rig I have been running for the last 3-4 months had has had a massive psu failure . The thing took out the mobo and damaged the proc, my question is what parts should I to get to replace what I've lost and get a slightly better result?
What I had been running,
Phenom II x2 555 w/Xigmatek Loki cooler
G-skill DDDR3 1333 2x2 gigs
HIS Stock model Radeon HD 6850
Corsair builders series 500w
I was thinking that I would update the proc to a four core and a better graphics card and psu. Here's what I was looking at,
I have a budget of 450usd (depends on what I get for a few things I have on ebay) or so to rebuild this rig and I still need a quality psu and would gladly take any suggestions on the other parts as well.
Thanks in advance
On a side note corsair is sending me a new psu but I don't really want to use it, is my model fairly reliable? Was this likely a one time thing?
I wouldn't use what Corsair is sending you unless it turns out to be something from a more high quality range, like the TXV2 range, which, unfortunately is unlikely to be the case.
Your other choices look solid.
I would consider this graphics card as it is $15 cheaper after rebate, has a good fan on it and has slightly higher core and memory clocks:
PowerColor PCS+ AX6870 1GBD5-PP2DHGJ Radeon HD 6870 $220 ($30 rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
However the Asus probably overclocks better, so if that was your plan then maybe it makes sense to stick with the Asus.
Could it be that because the board I used to test it was a rather old am2+ board that's why the proc isn't recognized? I mean I am not getting a beep code or anything. since i live in california the upside if I don't get a proc and then my proc is dead all I will have to do order one it's basically next day shipping for me.
In order to hear beeps you need a case or motherboard speaker. It looks like this and you can find it at any PC shop. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Grab one, get some thermal paste and and then try the CPU with both your mobos on a table. So, the PSU, the mobo and the CPU. You can power on by touching the power sw 2 pins with a screwdriver or by putting the case next to the mobo and using the case power button as you see in the pics below http://www.mechbgon.com/build/benchtest.html
I simply used the speaker already in the case of my old build for the test, before I took my old system down it worked fine. So because I heard no beeps it likely means that the mobo I used to test the cpu was likely also dead (wouldn't surprise me at all), I suppose that means I'll just get a graphics card mobo and psu and hope that the proc is working. Judging from your guys responses I likely jumped the gun thinking the cpu was dead.
The reason that the processors are not normally destroyed when the power supply goes faulty is that there are regulators on the motherboard that converts the power supply voltages to the required processor voltages thus buffering the processor from power supply faults.
$339+Shipping&tax= $380-$25(newegg gift card)=$355
I hope the two DOA psu reviews were flukes hopefully antec is a good brand. Keep your fingers crossed that the cpu still works and I won't have any issues with the bios unlocking the cores on this mobo like I did with the msi one. I will choose a best answer and post a follow up once the parts come in (likely tuesday) and my rig is back up and running.