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Question Resurrect 3770k build?

KentState

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One of my old systems has boomeranged back to me after my mother-in-law started to have issues with it.

Basically, it was originally the 3770k with a Gigabyte motherboard. It would BSOD randomly on me and I found while reseating the CPU that two of the motherboard pins were bent. I replaced it with an Asus Hero motherboard, but still at times would get a BSOD, but it was much more rare.

Fast forward and now it does it even with a fresh Windows install. My thought is that the bent pins may have damaged the CPU. So I can either e-waste everything or try to find a used 3770k to troubleshoot. Is there any sense in doing that since it is a 9 year old platform? I'm not in need of another PC and really don't want it taking up space.
 

VirtualLarry

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or try to find a used 3770k to troubleshoot. Is there any sense in doing that since it is a 9 year old platform? I'm not in need of another PC and really don't want it taking up space.
I think that you answered your own question? You don't want/need it around, why bother fixing it, especially if it's a dodgy fix, just dump it at a recycler. Staples stores in USA will (or used to) take PCs to recycle, for free.

Edit: I mean, if this were a Ryzen rig, or an 8th/9th/10th-Gen Intel rig, I could see possibly saving it. But an Ivy Bridge?

Could even sell the CPU "for parts only" on ebay, for maybe $40--60, if you can stand the hassle of ebay.
 

KentState

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I think that you answered your own question? You don't want/need it around, why bother fixing it, especially if it's a dodgy fix, just dump it at a recycler. Staples stores in USA will (or used to) take PCs to recycle, for free.
Thanks. Just asking before I dump it. Never know when one man's junk is another's treasure.
 

MalVeauX

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If it has bent pins that cannot be resolved (on the motherboard?) then just pitch it. Or sell it for next to nothing for fun money to someone who wants to tinker with full disclosure?

Very best,
 

VirtualLarry

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I'll Paypal you $10 for the CPU, LOL. Don't know if I'll ever find a mobo for it. Maybe one will fall into my hands in the future.

Edit: I've got a friend's Mom's rig, with a Pentium G620 or something, Sandy Bridge. The i7-3770K was the same socket, I believe. It's an OEM Gateway slim tower, don't know if they ever released a BIOS that could take Ivy Bridge. She was talking about getting rid of the PC. It might be something to play with and attempt an upgrade, if she was willing. Might be worth a shot, rather than e-wasting all of it including the CPU. Most CPUs are fairly robust, so honestly I would indeed be surprised if two bent pins had damaged the CPU. (It IS possible, but it seems like the possibility would be relatively remote to me, at least.)

PM me with your Paypal address if you want to get rid of it.

Edit: Just remembered (possibly incorrectly) something about the BIOS of some of those OEM PCs that were designed for only 65W TDP CPUs, complaining at boot about putting in a 95W/105W TDP CPU, and possibly powering-off that that point. Well, worth a shot, maybe. Something to play with if I have the time, and she would be willing to send the PC over here for an upgrade. (Would drop in an SSD for her at the same time too.)

It might be this one:

"U didn't bother reading the link i posted. The board is limited to 65W CPU's only and ivy bridge chip won't work. Try core i3 2100 "
 
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