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July 27, 2013, 09:51:16 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I recently made the noob mistake of plugging a fourth GPU into my MSI mobo....

 and I fried my Corsair PSU and melted part of the 24 pin connector on the MOBO. 

I found the replacement MOLEX part from Mouser and have my old mobo ready for testing. 

Since I couldn't watch my GPUs wait for the mobo repair - I bought a replacement mobo (socket FM1) last week for $100.  Since I'm already in way over my head on mining rigs, I was thinking about returning the temp mobo.  Still, it was fairly difficult to find an FM1 socket board with enough PCIe slots - so my question is:

Do you think I should just keep the board for backup parts?  I wont make the same stupid mistake again (I bought MOLEX PCIe-extender cables on ebay), but part of me wants to keep the temp mobo for backup parts...

Do motherboards often die?  I've never lost a motherboard, but I've had every other component die.  My repaired mobo is an MSI military grade A75A-something.

Your opinions are appreciated.

*****NOTE:  I RMA'ed my Corsair PSU (TX650) and they sent me a new one for free!  No questions asked!  If you have a choice - go with Corsair they are the shit!

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July 27, 2013, 10:56:12 PM
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Do you think I should just keep the board for backup parts?

Personally, I would probably end up keeping the extra motherboard, but I'm a bit of a hoarder. If you really need the cash though, then you're probably better off returning it. The decision will ultimately be yours to make. Smiley

Here would by my reasoning to hold onto it:

1) It's never a bad idea to have extra parts on hand. RMAs can take over a month and buying new parts for older hardware only gets increasingly expensive as time passes. Whenever I build a couple of new rigs, I try to keep all of their parts compatible -- ideally they'll all be identical such that if at some point in the future they start to break down I can still cobble their parts together into one good system.

2) If you decide to build a new rig in the future, you'll already have a motherboard. FM1 processors are still cheap (though who knows how much longer they'll be sold at major retailers...) and the FM1 motherboards use standard DDR3 memory (thankfully not old DDR2 -- prices are crazy!).

On the other hand, for $100 you could buy quite a few useful things. I guess this decision really hinges on how badly you need the money.

As for motherboards dying... I would say not very likely. Usually they're either dead on arrival or they're going to live for the life of your system. In some 15 years of building and maintaining systems, I've only ever had two motherboards die and I'm fairly certain that I killed both of them. Tongue

As for Corsair, good on them for taking care of you! Cheesy

Probably about 90% of the systems that I build or own use Corsair power supplies and I've never had one fail. The same goes for Corsair memory and SSDs and now I'm even buying Corsair cases and keyboards... hah.

Whatever decision you make, good luck. Smiley
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