My computer is fairly old. I think I build it at the start of 2009, and it's starting to show its age.
Since the day I built it, it's always been fairly loud but I've never thought anything of it since I'm always wearing a headset when I'm near it. It's also always had a habit of crashing the graphics card for me. Since day 1, if I'm watching a video or playing a game I'll just have the 10 second blackout and flicker with "Your graphics card stopped working, but it's okay again now". Me being me, I've always forgotten about this 10 seconds later - I'm in the middle of [a game|a movie] man!
Recently, things have gotten worse. My computer will just suddenly stop everything it's doing; the monitors get no signal, the drives stop spinning, all input is dismissed and it acts as though it's powered off with the exception of the case fans which are going crazy. I have to hold the power button for 10 seconds to turn it off "properly", then when I turn it on it does the exact same thing immediately. Turn it off again and turn it back on, and it's fine again for 30 minutes.
I've asked lots of my friends for advice and we all came to the conclusion that it's overheating. Seems obvious now, but it's nice to have group support. To verify this, I installed MSI Afterburner and restarted my computer to see what's up. The results were... quite interesting.
As I write this blog post, my GPU cards are at 85°C and 87°C respectively. The only applications I have open are chrome, XChat and MetroTweet. I have no ran anything special today, no games or things that could possibly strain my graphics card, and I only turned on my computer about 30 minutes ago. It's quite chilly today, or this would be 90°C or 100°C as it was yesterday.
If I launch D3, sit on a menu screen and alt-tab out of it then I'll reach 115°C on both GPUs. I am not making this up. I can make bloody tea with this thing. I last cleaned out the computer 2 months ago, and I decided to give it another very thorough clean last night; nothing changed.
I decided that it's now time to say goodbye to this thing and just make a new computer; I've wanted a new one for quite some time and I was going to wait until sweden, but this is just melting too fast for me. I ordered some new parts last night, and I thought I'd list them out here + my current spec as everyone keeps asking me for it.
- Thermaltake SwordM case - I can't even remember why I bought this. Whose case needs hydraulics? Mine apparently.
- NVIDIA GTX 295 - Apparently famed for its "oh god I'm on fire".
- Intel i7 940 @ 2.93 Ghz
- 24 GB of DDR3 RAM - I can't remember speeds.
- ASUS Rampage II Extreme motherboard
- 2 HDDs at 7,200 RPM with 1 TB storage
- 1 HDD at 7,200 RPM with 2 TB storage
- 1 SSD, OCZ Vertex 2
- Liquid cooled CPU, stock fans of graphics card.
- Cooler Master Cosmos II - Because bloody hell that looks cool.
- Gigabyte NVIDIA GTX 670
- Intel i7 2600k @ 3.40 Ghz - Cooled with this (I'm tired of liquid cooling)
- AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard
- Same RAM, same drives.
Surprisingly, lots of people have asked if my old one is for sale; I am gutting it for parts for the new one, and it's somewhat broken (front USB ports) regardless. No sale, sorry!