Hello everyone, let me start off by Introducing myself, I am 05LS8guy, that name comes from the 2005 Lincoln LS V8 i own, LS8 was fords internal development nickname for the LS V8, which was changed upon release.
Beyond that i am a die hard blue oval guy, and have had over 15 Mustangs of all shapes and performance grades, with my last Mustang being a 600+ HP 1982 Mustang GT (T-Top Car) that i had well over 15k invested in it. With That said I have a natural understanding of mechanical things, how they work, are assembled and such, but i have always doubted my learning ability with computers So any help u give i assume i will quickly catch on to.
Let me go into why i am here today, i am here for your help in properly diagnosing my computer issue, and what parts to replace them with for a decent performance upgrade with out going crazy (like i would want to, but cant afford too LOL)
I came home the other day to a dead Comp, power still on, locked up completely.
I Do not know the exact CPU specs but i know the basics, here are the current specs. I bought this PC back in 2010 from iBuyPower.
Windows 7 64bit OS
ASUS P7H55 Motherboard (it has the now replaced 1156 CPU socket) ugh. dead tech lol (original)
Intel Core i5 3.2 ghz i believe. (original)
Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler (upgrade)
Bigfoot Killer 2100 Network Card (upgrade)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 650Ti 2gb ddr5 (upgrade)
12gb of DDR3 1333mhz RAM (4GB's that came with the comp, and 8gbs that are the now discontinued Patriot Sector 5's) 11.99 gbs usable
Samsung 500gb hdd for OS and Programs (original)
Toshiba 250gb hdd for pic storage and the like. (older hdd and slow thats why its storage)
Xion 700W PSU (original)
Computer has been wire tucked by me to help airflow ibuypower didnt properly do it IMO,
So i came home to the comp locked up, forced a restart (with power button), and comp had no video signal output, but power fired, here is were im not sure what died exactly. I swapped the video card, to still end up with no signal. The HDD has never been audible, yet i can feel it spinning when i touch the drive.
This leads me to believe the CPU has died, now if it has, with no 1156 socket cpu's still being made, do i try to go the cheap route and locate a new 1156 cpu on ebay and hope the motherboard didnt die, or do i just go for a new 1150 socket motherboard and a new i7 cpu to replace the possibly dead i5?
I have browsed Newegg for a few ideas, and i will go with another ASUS Motherboard, i have always heard good things about them, and i like the look of the sabertooth and the ROG motherboards. Do i go with a similar i5, or do i go for a better i7 with out getting to high up into the $$$$. It may be possible i upgrade the graphics card again in the future to a 700 series invidia card.
I also plan to go with a new HAF-X case, along with a V850 PSU after i get the computer functioning again. I need it working again before i buy a $200 case and $169 dollar psu tho lol
This comp is strictly my gaming rig, I play APB:Reloaded, and sadly i LOVE that game even being as broken as it is, i play a few other games as well, and until now it handled the game perfectly, I just want it to do that and also handle watch dogs when it comes out. So if i only get a small performance upgrade, im fine as long as i can play those games.
FYI guys, two things i will never do is go to a AMD CPU, or AMD GPU, so dont even bother suggesting it please.
PS sorry if my thread is choppy, i am writing this in a hurry, as i am moving on wednesday, and trying to get back to packing and cleaning so i apologize.