It looks like my PC just barely outlasted Kurt Vonnegut. After a power outage I found that it won’t boot up anymore. The power turns on and I can hear the drives kicking in and the fans turning, but nothing makes it to the screen. No error beeps either, which tells me it’s either the motherboard or part of the power supply that is bad. I thought it might be the CMOS battery, but my friend Steve convinced me that it would still boot up with a dead one.
The good news is that my hard drives are probably ok, and even if they aren’t everything should be backed up on my external drive.
So… do I buy the same motherboard and rebuild my current machine? If I upgrade the MB I’ll probably have to buy a new processor, RAM, and video card, so we’re already talking hundreds of dollars.