Built my rig around 3 years ago and haven't really touched it since (exception: Moved OCZ SSD Last year). Bad lightning storm knocked out power two weeks ago for a solid 13 hours. After power came back on, *BAM* PC won't turn on. Thought it was my PSU, but I found an old PSU in the closet...Hooked it up, still won't work. Green Diag. LED on the MOBO is flashing. I'm ASSUMING the problem is between my MOBO/CPU.
Problem: I'm a poor College student future Medschool Student (about to get poorer, Yeah yeah!), so I need to buy a new mobo/CPU SUPER cheap. Like $150 max cheap?.
Type of User: I work in breast cancer research so I mainly use my rig for MS office type stuff (Excel, Access, Word). I also use Photoshop now and again (nothing super fancy). I game every now and again as well (Skyrim, etc.)
I went AMD before and was quite satisfied (Specs below), and I assume I'll get more bang for buck with AMD still, but I'm not opposed to going Intel this time around (With Ivy out is Sandy any cheaper?).
EDIT: Current Build
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core HDZ955FBGIBOX
MB: ASUS M4A78-E AM2+/AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB
SDD: OCZ Vertex 3 90GB 2.5"
HDD: Seagate Barracuda LP 1TB 5900 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular High Performance Power Supply
Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD RW SATA - OEM
Case: NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Mid Tower
Wirless N Adapter: D-Link DWA-552 32-bit PCI Xtreme Desktop Adapter