First off I'd like to say how much I appreciate this forum and how helpful everyone is, it's saved my first desktop from certain death MANY times.
However I knew it was time to upgrade to something better, which led me to buying a gaming desktop from iBuyPower. It was very expensive so I'm really stressing out about it having some problems after two days of use.
1) It will slow down/freeze at random times, usually when I'm browsing the Internet or watching a video. Sometimes when I go to shut it down or restart, the will just hang at the "Shutting Down..." screen and won't turn off, so I have to hold in the power button myself.
2) Headphones can't be detected no matter what. I plug them in, and the little bubble pops up saying something's been plugged into the audio jack but aren't listed in the Playback Devices area. They work, but I hear a hissing noise from the headphones and it sounds like there's a slight echo. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling and disabling/enabling the sound driver but nothing works. I've got onboard Realtek HD Audio. When I look in the device manager under Sound, the "NVIDIA Audio device" also shows up listed with the Realtek. I don't know if this has anything to do with it or not.
3) Sometimes games will crash or stutter during the cutscenes. But I can live without the games as long as the first two problems are solved. All I need is something powerful/stable enough to run all of my Adobe programs for school.
I ran BitDefender, SuperAntiSpyware, and MalwareBytes and everything's clean. So I know it's not a virus that's causing the slow downs. I have all the latest drivers installed. Here's my specs:
Windows 7 x64(SP1)
Intel i5-2500K (4x 3.30GHz/6MB L3 Cache)
ASUS P8Z68-V LX mobo
8 GB [4 GB X2] DDR3-1600 RAM
1 TB HDD -- 16M Cache
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti - 1GB
3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard
XION 700W PSU
One final question...I have the version 0401 BIOS. The most current version from the ASUS website is version 0703. Is it possible some of these problems would be fixed if I updated the BIOS? The only reason I haven't is because I've heard horror stories about incorrectly flashing the BIOS could completely brick the system. I don't know what I'd do if I messed something up. If I were to update the BIOS, how would I/what's the safest way to do it? The motherboard disc came with an Asus BIOS utility that will update the BIOS for me but I'm still scared of using it.
I think that's everything. If you need any more info please let me know.
The 30-day money-back warranty expires in a week or so, so I need to know if I can fix this myself (which I'm hoping on since the price to ship the darn thing back is insane) or if I should get my money back if it turns out to be a hardware fault.
Thanks in advance!