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#1 scriptorex


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 10:22 AM

I want to build my first pc, I have an old pc that stopped working after a lightning strike that has been laying around for two or three years. I would like to use the case, dvd drive and perhaps the hard drive from it to save some cash, it is a compaq sr1630nx.
Since this will be my first build, I have a few questions;
What should I know about the fact that a lightning storm ruined this pc? Will the case be ok to use? Hard drive?
How do I know whether I should get a micro or regular atx board, I plan on using an fx 6100 or maybe a 4100, further, how do I know if the cables from the case will fit the motherboard, I am thinking of getting a cheap 880 board or possibly a 760. here's a pic of the cables;
How do I know if the hard drive will work? I have read that windows from one motherboard will not work on another

I am also intrested in overclocking for the first time, but i am not sure I should bother due toi turbo, a 6100 is 3.4 and turboes to 3.9, I want to OK with just the multiplier, does it make any sense to do so, say OK to a safe 4.2 or so?

P.S. here's a link to the motherboard from the old pc; http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...roduct=1122478

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 25 March 2013 - 12:09 AM

To hopefully prevent a lightning storm from damaging your computer, you should turn it off before the storm start and have a power surge protector. You could reuse your case but i would have a look at the front panel connectors to see if they are the standard type. The one in the picture is showing the front panel USB connectors which should be compatible with the new motherboard. Based from the information on the system, it uses a micro-atx form factor, so it's best to use micro-atx. Chances are that the lightning storm probably killed the hard drive, it's best to get a new hard drive.  Overclocking the CPU from 3.4GHz to 4.2GHz will produce a lot of heat and you may need to increase the voltage to stabilse it which would further create more heat.  

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:49 PM

By "stopped working", do you mean stone dead? Usually, lightning will enter through the power cord and blow out the primary side of the power supply. The rest of the stuff could still be good. I would beg or borrow a power supply and stick it in there for a test.

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