Well this long boring story starts this past Friday night. I'm warning you...this one will put you to sleep, so I'll try my best to keep it interesting, but impossible to keep it short. I was up late that night on my perfectly fine, working computer, for an auction on a new pair of AKG Q701 headphones. Good news, I won them. I finished up the night with a few rounds of League of Legends.
Fast forward to the next morning. The Saturday morning rays wake me up I decide to take it easy, and not do my usual morning exercise today. I grab a bowl of strawberry Frosted Mini wheats and hit the power switch on my PC. Time to beat Diablo 3 on Nightmare I suppose. I hit the power switch on the PC and the power button on my monitor. Nothing on the monitor shows up. "What the hell," I say. I look at the side of my tower and see all the lights on and all the fans spinning. Still no clue to what is going on. I finally pull the tower and lay it on it's side to see what the problem is. All the connections were good, so I turned it on again and to my surprise. The video card fan is not spinning. I tried a different PCI slot...no dice. I did everything that was readily available to me, but the card would not work. I came to the conclusion that the card was fried.
Since I use the PC everyday, I drove to CompUSA and see what I could scrounge up. Let's just say nothing cheap. They had a radeon card for $280 that was comparable to my fried GTX 260, which I paid only $200 for at the time. Anything below was weaker,so it would be stupid to downgrade.So I had no choice to but to $300 and up...sigh. The cards they had available were the GTX 570 at $370 and the 580, at $430 o_O...I went with the 570.
Once I got home I put the card in the computer crossed my fingers and hoped for the best. Once I got it all connected I hit the power switch...BAM it worked! My monitor showed the bios instantly and Windows booted up like it should. Windows then proceeded to install the necessary drivers for my video card to work. I was relieved that nothing else was the problem. My dad came into the room and asked if I could help him clean out the back shed. It was 2:00 p.m. in the Florida afternoon heat, but I didnt hesitate and of course offered to help him. However, it would have to wait a few minutes, I wanted to see how my games looked with DX 11 and the new card.Deus Ex HR looked phenomenal, Metro 2033 was amazing and smooth as butter on max settings. I then tried Dolphin Emulator, which is a complete Processor and GPU hog on even low-mid settings. I booted up Smash bros. Brawl, a game with dozens of things happening at once. I raised the settings a bit and was able to keep Brawl running at 55-59 FPS even during high action moments. Beautiful. I shut the computer off and headed outside to help my father.
3 and a half hours...3 and a half hours cleaning out that shed. I was drenched in sweat and had moved 4 boxes full of trash and 10 full garbage bags. I was beat messing with my pc earlier and this, I just wanted to lie down, my father says "hey lets grab something to eat." So after I shower I start to get ready to head out, I have an inkling to turn on the computer to check something real quick. Hit the power switch. Nothing. Just like before, the mobo lights turn on as do the fans but there is nothing showing up on the screen. It was literally just working perfectly fine earlier now this. I checked everything twice, triple checked all connections, made sure nothing was touching any sensitive areas on the components, even used compressed air in case dust was trapping something. No dice.I then started doing a process of elimination: unplugged the hard drives, checked each stick of ram, tried on board video, removed all ram sticks, unplugged all the SATA devices. No dice. This went on for another 2 and a half hours yielding no positives...just negatives. While the computer was on and clearly the fans were all working(including the new GPU) It started shutting off on its own... Then when I was just about to give up I turned it on one more time...but stopped once I smelled it. Smoke. Your guess is as good as mine. Something fried...again.
I was beyond mad. I tried one last time, but now only the mobo "stand-by lights" greeted me for all my efforts. I had to just go outside. I didn't want to even look at my pc. I called my friend who's a computer tech and said he could come by the next day. I had no other options left. It was either my motherboard of Power supply....Just hoped it wasn't both It was already 9:15, I left the house and got something to eat.
I woke up still angry about my damn PC,and my dad suggested to buy a PSU. Figured why not. Took another trip to Compusa and had to settle for a 1200 watt PSU...it cost $250. FML. On the way home my friend got back to me said he was on his way with a working Power Supply. Good, now I wouldn't have to open up mine and pay a 15% restocking fee if I had to return it...damn Thieves
Once my friend got to my place, he tried everything he could. Even plugged in his PSU and it still did not work. The motherboard was toast...along with the processor. When I built this computer, I forgot to add spacers to the screw holes where the motherboard rests. So any type of electric charge would burn out the MOBO since it was rested directly on the metal surface of the case. I wish I knew this prior.
Well...This blew. I need a computer. It wasn't even just about gaming. I use my PC for so many things, and as the days have passed, I see how much I actually need it. That day looking up Computer parts I could've purchased everything I originally had...but seeing as it was $250 to make my rig beastly...at this point screw it. After I ordered I went back for the third trip to Compusa and returned the psu, as well as my GTX 570. Shutting off and turning on the power over and over, who knew if I'd blown the GPU I just purchased. But I exchanged it for a GTX 580. Might as well go full force now. But of course I still was not satisifed...I went and once again returned the GTX 580 and ordered off newegg the new GTX 670.
So Previously this is what was in my computer AMD six-core processor 1090 3.4ghz BFG Tech Geforce GTX 260 MSI Sli Platinum motherboard k9n2 5gb DDR2 800mhz Ram And now this is what I upgraded to: Intel Ivy Bridge i7 3.4(3.9)GHZ Quad core processor EVGA Geforce GTX 670 Superclocked Biostar Intel board with Upgradable to 32gb DDR3 Memory, 2 PCI Express 16x 3.0 slots and 1 PCI Express 2.0 slots with 2 PCI slots 8 GB DDR3 1866Mhz This set me back a lot, ain't gonna lie. I could've just gotten the bare minimum, but I do that all the time. After the weekend I've had, not to mention I've had no working AC for the past two weeks in hot ass Florida, I treated myself. I binged. Point of this story. None, except stupid things happen without cause or reason.