Hello all, I'm looking for help identifying an issue with my PC running Windows 8.1 x64 (I have StartIsBack don't worry ).
With somewhat growing frequency, my PC will randomly turn off and reboot. Not like it shuts down then reboots, more like it acts like it suddenly lost power, then restarts as if I had just turned it on.
I have been looking but to no avail have I been able to identify any trends relating to a particular task I would be performing; it seems to be completely random.
Also, not sure if this is related or not, but sometimes my PC can also lock up, I want to call it more of it hesitates. I still can move the mouse and numlock will turn on and off (another way I check to see if it's completely frozen), but whatever programs I was using freeze up for up to a minute. Then everything I clicked on will all load. For example, I usually try to bring up task manager and test launching another program when I know it is beginning, but only once it un"hesitates" does it load both. If I'm in something processing/listening to audio, such as FL Studio, the track will continue to play but the program will not respond to any inputs, or only one before becoming unresponsive. CPU usage also drops to 0%, as I noticed when it froze while copying a large file. Unlike my problem above, this issue seems to have more of a trend of happening more when the system is under a (heavy) load (copying large files, compressing to an archive, rendering audio tracks, even playing a YouTube video while multiple other programs are open). I am unsure if this problem is relevant or related, but just in case I wanted to mention it.
Is there a good way to test what component could be failing? To my understanding, I would think that either my PSU or Motherboard could be at fault for this(these) behaviors. If I can't find anything else I will and definitely am willing to physically inspect the PC for bloated capacitors or something, but my knowledge is somewhat limited to what I have stated. Any tips or advice are appreciated! Now that I'm really thinking, I will trying using Safemode and see if these problems exist, but I think unfortunately they are hardware issues. Happy to answer any questions that might clarify or help.
CPU: AMD FX-8350
Motherboard: ASRock 990FX Extreme4 (ATX)
RAM: G.SKill Sniper Series 16GB DDR3 @ 1866MHz (8GB x2)
Storage: Samsung 850 Pro SSD 512GB
Samsung 840 Evo SSD 120GB
Western Digital Black (Performance) HD 7200 RPM 1TB x2
GPU: Asus R9 280X DCU II TOP Edition
PSU: Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Semi-Modular
OS: Windows 8.1 x64
Tests (Will update)
Safemode test: Unexpected power loss still occurs, however no "hesitating"/freezing yet
Memtest 86+: No errors found testing both modules together
Memtest 86+ Individual: Planned next test
SeaTools Test: All 4 drives passed the "Short Generic" test
Motherboard Inspection: Planned next test
Edited by malcontents, 03 April 2018 - 04:17 PM.