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#1 vikingo1985

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:10 AM

First of all, here are my computers specs:
 
Mobo:  GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3
CPU:   AMD FX-8350 Black Edition
RAM:  G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 
GPU:  GIGABYTE GV-N970WF3OC-4GD GeForce GTX 970 
PSU:  Segotep GP900G 800w
 
This was not the first computer I've ever built but definately the first high end gaming computer.
 
So I put all this together, Installed windows 8.1, installed drivers for the mobo and gpu, ran windows update and everything went fine.
 
next I installed some slightly older games. Civilization and Skyrim worked just fine at max settings. Then I tried Shadow of Mordor which ran fine at max settings for a few hours before I got a BSOD. I restarted and updated drivers and tried it again. Again played for a few hours then BSOD. Then I tried Assasin's Creed Black Flag.  Had no problems for days, got totally engrossed in the game, and completely forgot about the issue until once again I got the BSOD. I think this happened right after an auto update of the video drivers, so I tried manual update, and started the game again.  Played for a bit before another BSOD.  
 
This time when I tried to restart nothing would appear on the monitor. After days of troubleshooting and forum reading to no avail (I tried the CMOS clearing and RAM swapping, resitting cards and plugs and whatnot) I swapped out the gpu for an older one and it worked.  Then I tried updating drivers again and swapping back...nothing.  So I figured my gpu, brand new, had somehow broken and I reluctantly bought another one.
 
new GPU:  SAPPHIRE TRI-X OC 100362-2SR Radeon R9 290 
 
After installing this card and its drivers everything seemed to work fine.  I tried Civilization: Beyond Earth which worked no problem.  Then I tried Watchdogs.  Played for about 30 mins then I got BSOD all over again and nothing appearing on the monitor at restart.  
 
Is this something as obvious as a heating issue?  Have I created some sort of GPU death trap?
 
The case does not have any extra fans. Just have the PSU fan, CPU coolmaster fan/radiator, and the gpu's built in fans/radiator.  Is this not enough?
 
Any advice would be good.  I feel like I may have just waisted a lot of money.
 
How can I confirm if the GPU is broken, and if so how can I prevent it from happening a third time?


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:34 AM

In the first instance run WhoCrashed, it may give you a straight up answer.



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:39 AM

I can't do anything without display. Its too late for that option.

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:43 AM

on board graphics should still work....

 

Could test the cards in a second machine also, to confirm "deadness".



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:48 AM

So then is it unlikely that I somehow destroyed the video cards from poor airflow?
Unfortunately no integrated graphics

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:51 AM

It's "possible" I guess, but seems pretty unlikely. If they blew, the screen would likely just go black or totally schitz out before going black... no BSOD.



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:53 AM

got the old card on hand still, to try run some diagnostics?



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:54 AM

Well that's comforting at least. So then how can I get my display to show again? Assuming the cards aren't damaged.

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 06:58 AM

depends what is causing the issue.. could still be the cards... I don't honestly know. I can help you analyze the dumps and give you a definite answer though.

 

The next option is to mount the hard drive on a different machine and copy the dumps out.

 

Just to give you the heads up though, I won't be able to look at them tomorrow... (going to bed just now too)


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 07:00 AM

So these dumps are created automatically? Where do I find them?

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 07:01 AM

C:\Windows\Minidump



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Posted 11 November 2014 - 07:29 AM

Ok found the file. How do I copy it?

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 07:31 AM

Do I need a special program to open it?

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 08:48 AM

You can get a look at what it might mean if you empty the same folder on your test machine and then place all the the files from your new machine inside.

 

You can then run WhoCrashed which may tell you what happened... it' not 100% accurate though



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Posted 12 November 2014 - 06:35 PM

How'd you go? Still need help?






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