First, let me just apologize if this is the incorrect sub-forum for this problem. I have been experiencing BSoDs, but I've also been experiencing a lot more than just blue screens, so if there is a more appropriate place for me to ask this question, just let me know.
Now, moving on to the actual problem...
I've been trying to do my own research and troubleshooting, but I haven't had a lot of luck, so I figured I'd throw this out into the internet and see if someone could maybe shed some light on my situation.
So, uh, long story short, my computer is functionally unusable. It starts up, and I can log in, access BIOS, etc. but if I have the computer running for any period of time, I inevitably end up experiencing problems. This occurs when I'm browsing the web, when I'm playing games, when I'm running testing software, and sometimes when I'm not doing anything at all whatsoever.
There have been a couple of symptoms:
I've been experiencing some artifacting and general visual distortion; a checkerboard pattern, where some squares aren't displaying; a more elongated version of the same checkerboard patter, horizontal rather than vertical; and a jittery, stuttering distortion like an old VHS tape. Sometimes this artifacting is present at start-up, sometimes they only occur after the computer has been running for a period of time. I briefly considered that my monitor might be the problem, but these are not the only issues, and the artifacting is not consistent.
Additionally, my Nvidia drivers crash and occasionally restart, giving me a line like "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered." Or, that's my assumption, because sometimes things just crash and nothing restarts at all. I've had both BSoDs and freezing related (I think) to this problem.
My initial assumption was that this was a GPU problem since I've had similar issues in the past with drivers and such, however, solutions I've used in the past haven't worked this time, and the symptoms this time are far beyond what I've experienced previously, as well as beyond what I would expect GPU problems to cause.
The only other options that come to mind are the RAM, Motherboard, or the CPU, but I don't really have any prior experience with those types of failures. Honestly, at this point, I wouldn't be surprised if there were multiple failures. I've had a lot of bad luck with this rig.
Either way, I appreciate whatever help anyone can give me.
As I was in the process of writing this, I realized I could probably use the BSoD error messages to learn more about the issues I was having, but unfortunately my computer doesn't even reliably crash anymore. I've been trying all day so far and I haven't even been able to access my desktop at all, and the one BSoD I DID have ended early when my computer rebooted itself. The problem seems to actually be getting worse over time, even when I'm not doing anything with my PC.
I'll update my post if or when I manage to get an actual error message transcribed.
Edited by Lolrider, 23 November 2016 - 02:53 PM.