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I think my 990FX extreme 3 is dead, but am looking for other possible fixes before I commit to buying a new one

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FX 8350, r290, 16 gigs RAM, ASRock 990FX extreme 3 board, 750w EVGA PSU

Describe your problem. List any error messages and symptoms. Be descriptive.

While on and operating fine yesterday, my PC crashed and would not reboot. I smelled burning.
List anything you've done in attempt to diagnose or fix the problem.
I found a glob of thermal paste had leaked on to my board and on top of a heatsink for a No and appeared to be what had been burning though that seems unlikely, so I removed it and the heatsink and saw only minor discoloring on the heatsink only and not on the components beneath. This did not fix the problem, so I resat the CPU, changed the power cable to the board, checked the PSU to make sure it wasn't dead, took the board out and reinstalled it, tried a different powersupply (though it may have been too little power at 600w), I connected a chassis speaker (never heard a beep code) and tried memory in different spots and in different combinations

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Might be noteworthy that each of my power cables has what appears to be a fuse integrated into the cord, which is why I changed the CPU power cable. Could not try a different motherboard cable as I don't have a spare, however it functioned fine with the 'paperclip test'
The PSU clicks once when I press the powerbutton, then clicks again after I cut the power to it by turning the switch on the unit back off.
If you think I left out any information you may find helpful please let me know! I've been troubleshooting this for about ten hours now.
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  1. That board can't handle the 8350 , has a poor power phase and thermal design , that's why they have this warning on the site for 125w CPU's.

    * For cooling the CPU and its surrounding components, please install a CPU cooler with a top-down blowing design.
    Reply to SR-71 Blackbird
  2. The board is not recommended for a FX-8350.
    If you should decide to replace the motherboard, here is a link describing tsome of your options:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2384008/motherboard-tier-list-990fx-chipset.html

    Considering the age and weakness of the cpu, it might be time to consider a modern upgrade to kaby lake or ryzen.
    Reply to geofelt
  3. geofelt said:
    The board is not recommended for a FX-8350.
    If you should decide to replace the motherboard, here is a link describing tsome of your options:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2384008/motherboard-tier-list-990fx-chipset.html

    Considering the age and weakness of the cpu, it might be time to consider a modern upgrade to kaby lake or ryzen.


    I'd upgrade CPUs if I could but its not in my budget right now. Will have to get a new board though.
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  4. Best answer
    MazerReckem said:
    geofelt said:
    The board is not recommended for a FX-8350.
    If you should decide to replace the motherboard, here is a link describing tsome of your options:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2384008/motherboard-tier-list-990fx-chipset.html

    Considering the age and weakness of the cpu, it might be time to consider a modern upgrade to kaby lake or ryzen.


    I'd upgrade CPUs if I could but its not in my budget right now. Will have to get a new board though.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Motherboard: Asus - 970 PRO GAMING/AURA ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.88 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $92.88
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-23 17:36 EDT-0400
    Reply to SR-71 Blackbird
  5. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    MazerReckem said:
    geofelt said:
    The board is not recommended for a FX-8350.
    If you should decide to replace the motherboard, here is a link describing tsome of your options:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2384008/motherboard-tier-list-990fx-chipset.html

    Considering the age and weakness of the cpu, it might be time to consider a modern upgrade to kaby lake or ryzen.


    I'd upgrade CPUs if I could but its not in my budget right now. Will have to get a new board though.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Motherboard: Asus - 970 PRO GAMING/AURA ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($92.88 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $92.88
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-23 17:36 EDT-0400


    Looks good except it isn't mentioned in the Tier list linked elsewhere in this thread. Should I be worried?
    Reply to MazerReckem
  6. Tier list is outdated and never updated , it's a good fit for the 8350.
    Reply to SR-71 Blackbird
  7. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Tier list is outdated and never updated , it's a good fit for the 8350.


    Thanks so much!
    Reply to MazerReckem
  8. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    That board can't handle the 8350 , has a poor power phase and thermal design , that's why they have this warning on the site for 125w CPU's.

    * For cooling the CPU and its surrounding components, please install a CPU cooler with a top-down blowing design.


    Out of curiosity, would those poor attributes make the failure I'm experiencing more likely?
    Reply to MazerReckem
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