Believe my motherboard is dying

June 17, 2013 at 17:45:36
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athlon II X4 640
i do alot of pc gaming and the highest requirement game i play is red orchestra 2, my computer was fine but now it has growing issues including graphical glitches, screen tearing, some of my higher requirement games are slow to load, garrys mod is at a snails pace for anything, fairly often i have had to restart my computer when the sound stops working, my average in-game ping has gone up by near 100, my browser and most actions on my computer are slower, and sometimes my flash plugin crashes and slightly often videos will freeze or take forever to load.

here is my computer

literally the only thing i replaced was putting in an Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT for my graphics

these issues have been getting worse for several months now

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June 17, 2013 at 18:07:39
You may simply need to clean out your computer from accumulated dust. Just power it down, unplug it. open it, and blow out the dust with a compressed air can. Clean out all heat sinks, vents, fans, and anywhere you have a build up of dust.
While it is open, look with a strong light to see if any capacitors are bulging, leaking, or burnt looking. If they are, replace.
You may have accumulated build up in Windows also. Run Disk Clean Up. Uninstall programs you do not use. Clean out browser (Cookies, History, etc.). Disable unneeded add ons. Disable most programs from starting with Windows (Run msconfig, go to Start Tab and uncheck all except MS & antivirus). Run Malwarebytes.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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June 18, 2013 at 05:12:18
I agree with Fingers, it's likely that your system simply needs a good cleaning rather than the motherboard is failing. Follow his advice.

Start with CCleaner-Slim:

BTW, the 8600GT is getting a little old for modern gaming, it might be time to consider upgrading the card again.

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June 18, 2013 at 09:35:44
well i like how my computer was till now, the highest game i play is red orchestra 2

and ive cleaned the dust and done a disk defrag but ill try CCleaner Slim

and im not very hardware savy, what are capacitors?

and if things need replacing i have a max budget of $300

ill message back if it works or not

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June 18, 2013 at 09:53:49
Did you clean the CPU heat sink as well as the vents and fans?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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June 18, 2013 at 11:30:10
I don't think these is the sign of dying MoBo, latest Games and applications needs System updates and certain hardware balance. Nvidia Geforce 8600 GT is quite old for latest games, you can consider latest GTX series from Nvidia or ATI/AMD graphic cards having GDDR5 high speed memory. If some more bucks left you can buy additional Gigs of RAMs of same frequency off-course.Lastly many times virus, Antivirus, Faulty Drivers can also jam up your system. Use Start - Run - Msconfig to shutdown unneeded process and monitor process inside task manager and check which process is consuming more and kill that process.Always keep substance of doubt for that kind of processes.

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June 18, 2013 at 11:53:52
slightly faster after ccleaner slim

but still having the other issues

here is a screen cap of what happens in most of my steam games namely CDS(screen cap), medal of honor airborne, and all source games

and as said before i don't play the latest games, newest game i play is ro2

i have a max budget of $300 total for anything id need to fix

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June 18, 2013 at 20:54:04
Update Windows, then update your drivers. Get system drivers from HP and graphics driver from NVidia directly.
It could be your video card getting old, or your power supply no longer delivering clean power so one or the other might need replacing.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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