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Yasmine89

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A while ago my 350W PSU failed so I replaced it with an Antec truepower trio 550W.

I connected it to my Asus M3A motherboard and when I turned it on, sparks came out of that motherboard.

The motherboard is wasted, and I was told that something with CPU voltages went wrong, I don't really understand, but anyhow, I need to get a new motherboard.

I want it to either be compatible with the 550W PSU and my Athlon 64 X2 dual core 6400+ (because somehow, that's where it went wrong).

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If you say it's silly to buy a new motherboard and not a new CPU, which ones should I buy, that are compatible with eachother, my PSU, my memory (I really don't have a clue what type or RAM it is, I could check if you want).

I really need some help with this, I want to avoid another "fireworks party", and need my PC up and running again soon. :)
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Neil Jones

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If sparks came out of the board with that PSU, I'd say the PSU (the Antec one) has an issue and on connecting it it has blown the be-jesus out of the board. Therefore I would not plug anything else into it. Realistically if you're going to buy a new board and use the Antec PSU again while it has a fault, you may as well just pour money down the drain now. Do you know that 550w PSU was working?
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I tested the PSU and it works, so I think it's safe to connect a new mobo now.

Which one would you recommend, to replace the M3A? I'm going to keep the AMD Athlon 64 X2 and everything.
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