Question House Fire, Now PC Not Booting

Jul 25, 2020
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Hey guys,


Tragedy first - had a house fire ~ 2 months ago. Just now getting PC and monitor back from "specialists" who clean/check the electronics. The fire wasn't in my bedroom where the PC is, but they had to tear down the ceilings to make sure that the fire wasn't in the attic. The insulation that came down was on top of the PC and somewhat inside the PC when I looked before it got hauled off. Not sure about water damage, don't think the water they used was in that room.


Build, although it has since been modified


https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/73n08b/2nd\_build\_in\_10\_years\_help\_appreciated/


Processor is now Ryzen 7 2700x and RAM is G.SKILL TridentZ Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4 3600


Anyways, they claimed by monitors were toast because of "soot damage". I hooked them up to my laptop and they looked fine without any real signs of screen damage. Now my PC, I plug it in and the mobo lights turn on. However, when I press the power button, the PC does not turn on. The interesting thing is that the 1080Ti and CPU cooler lights do not turn on with just the power cord plugged in, but now that I think about it, I'm not sure they ever did. I just remember them having RGB/lights when the PC was on, but my memory could be faulty.

I was thinking that some if maybe not the entire PC need replacing/rebuilding. I initially thought the PSU was the problem, so I used the paper clip trick. The PSU fan came on. So we know it's at least functioning. I've checked the connections and the power button connections (yes I dismantled the chassis to get to it). Still no low hanging fruit that I can point to. A lot of the screws appear rusted which I fear is a sign of overall heat damage that can't really be visualized.

My question is, how do I troubleshoot the rest of this build to see if/what exactly works and what is toast (literally)? How can I test some parts individually without having to buy new parts? Is this is situation where I should just take the PC into some specialty shop and see if they can figure it out?

Thank you guys for your help
 

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My question is, how do I troubleshoot the rest of this build to see if/what exactly works and what is toast (literally)? How can I test some parts individually without having to buy new parts? Is this is situation where I should just take the PC into some specialty shop and see if they can figure it out?

Thank you guys for your help
I don't think you can without buying new parts and swapping. It may not be worthwhile if many parts are damaged or it could just be the motherboard and power supply
 
When my apartment burned down(The adjacent unit was the culprit), my motherboard was the only component that kicked the bucket. The cpu and ram are pretty hard to kill and psu's are pretty resilient as well, perhaps do a visual inspection through the psu shroud for any damage from the caps, etc. Considering how my board died from indirect fire damage, I'd bet it's the motherboard. After that, the psu.

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