Urgent help needed, possible dead motherboard?

Hello. So.. I have a huge problem with my PC, right now.

2 days ago, I was playing GTA V. And out of the blue, my PC just shut down. No noises, no smoke, no burning smell, nothing. And it wouldn't even turn back on.

After a quick disassemble, I discovered that the Orion power supply had died silently. But, luckily.. It didn't take out any of my components. Only the motherboard..

My motherboard is an ASUS Z170k. And the little champion has overvoltage protection, to protect the hardware from cheaply made PSU's. I ordered a new EVGA PSU off of Amazon, hooked it up to my PC and hit the power switch. The green LED on the motherboard illuminated, everything whirred up. Including my HDD, thank God.. Everything seems to be in working order, except the motherboard.

My PC refuses to boot. Instead, I get one long beep, and 2 short beeps. The ASUS website tells me that the beep code indicates a memory issue. But it's impossible.. My Avexir Core series RAM has these cool, blue LED's on them. And they flash every 5 seconds. They continued to flash, indicating that they were receiving full power.

So, I ordered some new Corsair Vengeance RAM from Amazon, which came today. I installed it with care, pushed the power button, Lo and Behold. I was greeted with the same long beep and 2 short beeps.

Both RAM modules seem to be in perfect working condition, they don't smell burnt.. But the motherboard just wont recognize them.

I think the little guy took a hit for the team, my old PSU was pretty cheap and generic. Is it possible that the motherboard RAM slots were damaged from the voltage spike? I reset the CMOS twice, removed my GPU and tried booting with integrated graphics, reseated the CPU. And nothing worked..

Also, to clarify, all my other hardware is in perfect working order. If my Core i5 was damaged, my motherboard wouldn't be able to emit beep codes. I tested my RX 480 in an older Core 2 Quad system, and it booted perfectly, what I'm focused on right now is my motherboard.
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  1. It's highly possible the little champion couldn't fully protect itself from the cheap PSU. Is that motherboard still under warranty?
    Reply to GhislainG
  2. GhislainG said:
    It's highly possible the little champion couldn't fully protect itself from the cheap PSU. Is that motherboard still under warranty?


    No, I got it 7 months ago from Newegg. Unfortunately, I didn't select any warranty options. :(

    I just went ahead and ordered the same model off of Amazon, pretty cheap. New condition for only 99 bucks.
    Reply to BabyBreaker
  3. But the manufacturer's warranty should still be in effect; all you had to do is contact Asus support.
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  4. BabyBreaker said:
    GhislainG said:
    It's highly possible the little champion couldn't fully protect itself from the cheap PSU. Is that motherboard still under warranty?


    No, I got it 7 months ago from Newegg. Unfortunately, I didn't select any warranty options. :(

    I just went ahead and ordered the same model off of Amazon, pretty cheap. New condition for only 99 bucks.


    Asus provides 3 years warranty for z170k, and your case might under come in cid (customer induced damage), check the warranty status on Asus website with your serial number and I am sure you have invoice of it so go to Asus service Centre. I fucked up and bent some pins of my cpu socket and first when I called the company they told me that it comes under cid but the repairing charge will be same as buying a new motherboard, I went to service Centre nearby which was third party and they replaced my cpu socket charging me around 20 usd. My mobo is still under warranty after replacement. You should try contacting the service Centre personally by going there if company isn't helping you online or through call
    Reply to Nihalhgalathia
  5. sorry to hear about that asus makes some of the most reliable motherboards but even the best things can break. i would rma your board and have them send you a new one also dont use cheap psu's as that can happen lol. if you dont already get a surge protector as they can be a huge help
    Reply to Ryan Reynolds
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