Hello to everyone in the forum and to those who would assist me...
Recently been struggling with a problem. I've had my PC for a good while now (give or take a year), and I haven't had any problems whatsoever. But for a month now, I've been experiencing hard resets after my pc takes on certain heavy tasks, and it's been chugging quite more than usual. Hard resets in the form of my pc just shuts down and restarts itself.
I've had reason to think it's because of the GPU's temps, as everytime I play a game with heavy visuals my PC decides to shut down and hard reset. Haven't had this happen before to me. Currently I'm also ruling out if this is caused by a virus, but none of my scanners have found anything (I might also take the time to ask the malware experts in the forum).
Now i didn't bother with this problem for a month since I was planning on scrapping my current rig for a new one, but since I'm stuck with it till I finish a work project, I was thinking of replacing the GPU. However, due to the frequency of the hard resets, I am now afraid that my motherboard and/or my GPU, maybe even my HDD is now shot since my CPU is running significantly slower.
But then when I run a game, it tends to live longer whenever I have my ac on full blast as well as my fan in front of the CPU itself (opened the side of the case). I'm running a deepcool captain 120. This all started when I played For Honor, and it hard resetted once. After that, it happened to any game i played that ran in 3D graphics. Even Dota 2, which used to run well, is now crashing. I've replaced the thermal paste on my GTX970 but it didn't do anything for the temps. I also use MSI afterburner to speed up my fans ever since this all started, but it really doesn't help much.
I really would like some steps to take in order to diagnose what parts I can keep (my idea is toss out the gpu and psu) and what should be replaced/if there's any problems at all. Is my motherboard fine and can I safely use it? What can I do to diagnose if it's bad as well?
I'm a complete newbie to CPU troubles regarding the hardware itself, and can't diagnose anything. I did do a Furmark test to see if it would crash my GPU, surprisingly it didn't. What steps can I take to rule out problems? Thank you very much.
P.S. - I sometimes hear short, faint clicking sounds coming from my cpu that are very seldom. I hear the same sound after a hard reset as well.
Edited by ToastedMarshmallows, 05 May 2017 - 04:41 PM.