I started to put together my new build. It's my first one and I'm afraid I may have messed up my motherboard already.
I've been working at it all day because the computer just wouldn't boot up, but the status light on the motherboard was lit. I started disconnecting pieces to figure out where I could have gone wrong. The last time only 5 things were plugged in. The 2 power connectors for the motherboard, the harddrive and the chassis front ports (switches and speakers). I plugged the power cable in, turned on the PSU and pushed the power button, there was a spark and smoke at the top of the motherboard. I tried to attatch a picture of the thing that the spark came from, but the attatchment was too big, and tried 3 times until I gave up. What I'm wondering is
1) Is the motherboard totally gone now?
2) Was it something I did, or was the motherboard possibly bad?
3) If it was me, what did I do wrong!?
4) Do I have to buy another one, or could it be replaced?
Thanks everyone for all your help!!! I'm freaking out at thinking I just trashed my new mobo and need to purchase a new one again!