My PC died. Turned itself off, and when I turned it back on it died in about 30 seconds then wouldn't go on again. The power works (the only testing hardware I have is a power supply tester), but the motherboard doesn't even give an error beep.
When I've had PCs died before and I've taken it in for repair, the problem has inevitably been something overheated and was destroyed and something had to be replaced. I was regularly using compressed air to clean this one out, but I got lazy and forget about it and sure enough, the fan over my CPU was full of dust.
So my guess is something burned out; based on past experience, MB, CPU, or video card.
After sinking too much money into repairs on my old PC I found it was cheaper to just buy a replacement on Craigslist, so at first I thought I'd just skip repairs and buy another Craigslist PC.
But then I wondered, should I just replace the most likely hardware, which would be cheaper, and I'm wondering if that makes sense?
If I'm right that it's MB, CPU or video card, well, someone's selling mine (nvidia 650i) on eBay for $50. I can get a intel core 2 quad 2.4ghz CPU for $20. A geforce gts250 video card for $30 to $40. (I'm not married to these in particular, but I have limited knowledge in terms of building computers it seems easier to just get the same stuff.)
Replacing all of these is cheaper than going to someplace for a repair (at least with New York City prices), but does this make sense? After all, there's no absolute guarantee that it's one of these three things.
I figured I could replace things one at a time. Since it doesn't beep, I'm guessing the MB is likely shot (although perhaps the same thing could happen if it's a dead CPU?) So I was thinking, just replace the MB. If it still doesn't work, get a new CPU. If still dead, get the video card.
Is that nuts? And is it possible that if it's the CPU or videocard that they could immediately fry a new MB, or that if I replaced the CPU first it could get fried if it's an issue with the MB? Is it best to replace both CPU and MB at once?
Am I better off just getting something on Craigslist? Or does this this plan seem reasonable?
(BTW, while its clear from my post my hardward expertise is weak, I did once install an MB and CPU so I do have the necessary skills, more or less.)