Something is shorting out my motherboard

September 14, 2011 at 20:04:20
Specs: Windows 7
I am trying to build a computer but something is causing the motherboard to go bad. I am about to install my 4th motherboard since the computer has only run long enough at one point to install WIndows 7. After I did the first build and the third buil. Fry's Electronics did the second build with the same results all three times....mother board is bad. There has to be something causing that motherboard to go bad. I can't believe Asus can build that many defective boards.

What can be causing this issue?

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September 14, 2011 at 21:48:29
A faulty power supply would be my best guess. Have you tried another power supply?

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September 14, 2011 at 23:30:36
or no earthing

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September 15, 2011 at 05:45:22
Faulty power supply (either burning out board or making it appear it is gone).
Missing posts in your case or metal out of place or bent causing a short on the back of the motherboard.
Trying too hard to hide the wiring and running some of them past sharp corners inside the case (common on cheap cases).
Bad memory causing problems that appear to be a burnt out board.
"earthing" usually called 'grounding' -- static electricity that may be small enough you do not notice, but enough to fry components if you touch them before grounding yourself (touching screw on switch plate or water faucet) or using a carpet or other material on work surface that holds or makes static charge.
Using steel wool to clean ANYTHING that is going into computer build.
Try bench testing out of case with just minimum plugged in.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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