Quite a few people (and you seem to be one of them) only realize they don't have a backup until it's too late.
In this case, however, probably it isn't too late. This seems like a power or motherboard issue, not a hard disk issue. So a tech should be able to fix it without damaging the data, that's still safely stored on the hard disk.
And if you decide this is an old machine, not worth to be repaired, it's easy to take the disk out and put it in an external enclosure, so you can get your data off after connecting that to you new PC.
But it wouldn't harm to start doing a regular backup after repair or on that new PC.
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