As per the title 'How do I know if the CPU or Motherboard is broken?' - I think it's the motherboard, but before I put my CPU for sale I hope you guys can help me confirm or do tests to make sure. It could even be the graphics card or RAM.
The Computers spec with rough ages:
motherboard - asus m4a79xtd evo - 4 years old
graphics - asus gtx 760 direct cu 2 - 1 year old
Processor - amd Phenom x4 965 be [currently not overclocked] - 4 years old
Power Supply - corsair builder series 750 watt - 1 year old
ram - Kingston hyper x ddr3. 1x 2GB 4 year old, 1x 2GB 3 year old, 1 x 4GB 2 years old.
SSD - intel - 1 years old
case - cooler master elite 334u - 2 years old.
OS - Windows 8 dev preview, but I was having the same problems in Windows 7 home premium
The Computers Problems
Any wireless adapter causes the PC to randomly crash / BSOD (Memory management) A recent internal (TP link) adapter even re-set the bios, but seemed OK until gaming.
While playing the game DCS world flying game it at random BSODs either after 10 minutes or 1 hour
BF2 it seemed not to have a problem with and I've not had a chance to try IL2 - battle of Stalingrad game. [both running off the SSD]
It got to where it refused to show the screen, but you could still hear it loading or would not turn on for a few seconds.
My limited testing
I thought GPU / CPU overheating, but I've checked for dust and put it by an open window.
I thought a RAM stick had broken as BSOD mentioned memory management. I have a slightly different mix of RAM that's been fine for a couple of years. Tried each stick on it's own and in different slots. The original identical 2 sticks I put in dual channel mode and the computer crashed. I tried each stick with the 3rd ram stick and the computer worked fine. I then put them all back into the original stots and it was fine for a while.
I assumed it's the motherboard because the wireless problem.
But could the SSD be at fault. I've not had a chance to test this.
Any help is good help. Unfortunately I can't do a whole lot of testing on it right now as I'm moving house soon and it's all packed away.
Edited by BFbunny, 07 May 2015 - 11:16 AM.