I have an HP Elite computer with a Phenom II 1045T processor. When I turned it on the other day I heard a popping noise and i got a pungent burning smell. Now the computer won't turn on or do anything. I'm afraid I might have fried the CPU. Do you think I fried the CPU or do you think it is something else?
My guess is it's the PSU. Pre-built computers companies tend to cheap out on the PSU more than anything else. But before we do anything else the first thing to do is unplug everything. You don't want to get electrocuted or start a fire if something is burning. Next take a look at the motherboard. Look for any burn marks or bulging capacitors. If all that looks ok I would replace the PSU with a known working one and see what happens. Like I said I really think it's the PSU not the motherboard.