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I have a dell dimension 5100. i have just recently replaced my hard drive and usb connectors due to one being shorted out. i had somone look at it and when it came back it worked just fine for a bit. Then it just reboots. Now when i say it just reboots sometimes it does not even get through the bios before it happens again. What could be the problem. Do i jus need to trash it or is it worth buying a new motherboard and cpu

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It seems like somthings shorting out the computer seems to me if its doing this the problem my be the psu (power spply unit) id if i were i would reset the bios too hoppe this helps

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