Do I need a new CPU?

Hey guys, couple months back my computer went down on my wife. She was working in lightroom and had an internet browser open. Not gaming or overclocking. it just went black, no shutdown nothing. one second its on, the next off and wont turn back on. I look around and don't see anything wrong with the motherboard that was obvious. my CPU is a corsair water-cooling system so didn't think that overheating was likely. so I purchased a new PSU. The new power supply provided the same results, but failed the paperclip test, so I RMA and got another one in. Same results. no life other then a little twitch of the fans when the power first cycles through. so I pull the board and find a capacitor the looks to be leaking. the board has a shiny puddle formed underneath it like it was waxed or something. quick Newegg search and the reviews agree, the board is crap. 9 months to a year and it died. So I pick up a new board and throw it in. I keep the new power supply as well. so new power supply and new motherboard. computer starts up fans a spinning and no signal to monitor. I try HDMI, DVI, VGA, a second graphics card, a second monitor. No signal. so RMA the motherboard and get a new one. the exact same symptoms. no video no matter what I do. I'm stuck. what is the possibility that the original motherboard actually fried my CPU? this doesn't make sense. without over clocking or overheating it should be fine. ive tried running with just one stick of ram, tried different gpu slots, tried my old power supply, checked the CPU for bent pins, no discoloration, made sure I hear the watercooler running and that checks out. im down too it has to be the CPU. but don't want to waste my money. I need to know why did the CPU go. could the motherboard fry it, or should I be looking into something else. with a new PSU and motherboard, if I replace the CPU I've basically rebuilt my entire rig. So any suggestions?
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  1. Hard to say. It might have fried the CPU, it might not.

    Whats the actual specs? Might be worth just going for a new platform than buying replacements parts for an old platform.
    Reply to RobCrezz
  2. full system spec could help
    Reply to Makentox
  3. old build.

    -MSI MSI Gaming 990FXA-GAMING AM3+/ AM3 AMD 990FX & SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard

    -AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8320FRHKBOX Desktop Processor

    -G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C10D-16GSR

    -MSI GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 GTX 960 4GD5T OC 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support ATX Video Card


    new psu

    -CORSAIR CXM series CX750M 750W 80 PLUS BRONZE Haswell Ready ATX12V & EPS12V Modular Power Supply

    first new board
    -ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB 950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    second new board
    -MSI 970A-G43 Plus AM3+/AM3 AMD 970 & SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  4. Yeah I wouldnt spend any more on that system, its already out of date.
    Reply to RobCrezz
  5. only as of like last week since ryzen came out. it has more then enough balls to handle the photo editing needs that my wife has. plus I've already stuck a couple hundred into trying to get this back up and running. if anything, help me get it up so I can sell it and build something worth posting about.
    Reply to vesserik
  6. vesserik said:
    only as of like last week since ryzen came out. it has more then enough balls to handle the photo editing needs that my wife has. plus I've already stuck a couple hundred into trying to get this back up and running. if anything, help me get it up so I can sell it and build something worth posting about.


    No, its been out of date for a few years to be honest. Even when it was new it couldnt match the Intel CPUs at the time.

    But anyway, if you have tried other motherboards, it certainly sounds like the CPU is fried.
    Reply to RobCrezz
  7. oh I see. ok, ill rebuild my 700$ AMD system for a 2000$ Intel system for my wife to edit photos. honestly I expected a little bit more professionalism off this forum, and not to get into a Intel vs. AMD battle right off the get go. I know more about computers then all my friends, and its hard to troubleshoot with them when there looking at me like im speaking a foreign language.I just needed some help thinking through everything so im not wasting money by forgetting about things.

    but anyways, cool thanks. ill replace my cpu and just be done with this.
    Reply to vesserik
  8. Wheres the lack of professionalism? Just telling you the truth.
    Reply to RobCrezz
  9. Weird one this , the MSI 990 board you've replaced is far far better quality than those 2 replacement boards you've bought.

    The Asus r2 is passable , if you still have the g43 you should return it instantly because its one of the biggest piles of crap there is
    Regarding CPU , in all honesty without trying another one there is no way to troubleshoot at all.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009O7YORK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492779574&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65&keywords=fx+6300&dpPl=1&dpID=41xjeiOr-SL&ref=plSrch

    6300 is $75 on amazon at the minute , as a replacement (if the CPU is faulty) you're not going to do better for the money.
    To all intents & purposes it'll perform exactly the same as the 8320 did for your uses.
    Reply to madmatt30
  10. i5 2500k @ 4.7Ghz w/ Corsair H105, Asrock Z77 Extreme
    4 Mobo, Asus 1060 Strix 6Gb, HyperX Fury 16Gb
    1866Mhz, Samsung 840 250Gb SSD, Corsair Carbide Air
    540 White, Corsair CX750M PSU. Qnix QX2710 27"
    1440p, 96Hz.

    Your computer is out of date. I suggest a rebuild.

    I'm not an idiot. I didn't build a subpar computer. I built what she needed. your honesty is not welcome. Building a computer that far exceeds the needs of a person isn't being professional. Its wasting money on specs that will never be used. The truths your speaking of are invalid based on the circumstance. They may be factual, but that's not something I didn't already know.
    Reply to vesserik
  11. *ignores the intel/amd debate and heads into issue*

    You asked
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    what is the possibility that the original motherboard actually fried my CPU? this doesn't make sense.

    oh yes if a board goes out, while power is full applied, you have no idea how easily it can short lines and fry a cpu. and "fry a cpu " is inaccurate, it is just a messed up function, item inside the cpu, and it no longer able to function properly.

    if you changed CPU, Motherboard, Disconnected everything from it, and all is left is the cpu, by troubleshooting methodology, one would need another CPU to test your PSu and motherboard to ensure they are working , if it does, then your CPU by elimination is faulty.

    as to how..? that would require to tear cpu chip down to find which part of it is no longer working to attribute the answer to the question.

    madmatt30 has a great suggestion and cheap too boot. something I would do to test it.
    Reply to The Paladin
  12. Thank you madmatt30! Im aware of the quality of boards and will be returning the msi. I picked it up because it was cheap and I wanted to verify that the motherboard was the problem. I still have the asus. I appreciate your response, and ill definitely look into that.
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  13. vesserik said:
    i5 2500k @ 4.7Ghz w/ Corsair H105, Asrock Z77 Extreme
    4 Mobo, Asus 1060 Strix 6Gb, HyperX Fury 16Gb
    1866Mhz, Samsung 840 250Gb SSD, Corsair Carbide Air
    540 White, Corsair CX750M PSU. Qnix QX2710 27"
    1440p, 96Hz.

    Your computer is out of date. I suggest a rebuild.

    I'm not an idiot. I didn't build a subpar computer. I built what she needed. your honesty is not welcome. Building a computer that far exceeds the needs of a person isn't being professional. Its wasting money on specs that will never be used. The truths your speaking of are invalid based on the circumstance. They may be factual, but that's not something I didn't already know.


    :lol: The difference is mine still works. I was only making the point it wasn't a good idea in my opinion to continue spending money on a computer thats already out of date.

    Anyway, good luck.
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  14. Thank you The Paladin!
    Reply to vesserik
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