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Dell Optiplex GX280 won't start. Fan sounds like a Boeing 757

This computer was purchased on a military auction and it was working fine for about 2 months. Now it stopped from booting at all, and the fan, won turned on, sounds like a Boeing 757 jet.

I read in different posts and forms that caps are bad (I looked at some and they have a brown, dried up goo on top), so it must be true. How can I tell the type of motherboard I need to purchase to replace this?

It looks like (as seen on some pictures that matches mine) that is a Dell Optiplex GX280 SMT Motherboard

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    SFF Dell GX280 has a proprietary motherboard because of it's one screw and its grounding points/blades.

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If the processor is ok, you can just change the motherboard. Then look for a compatible motherboard that can accept your processor.

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