|One of my neighbors built me a computer about a year ago, and since then I've been having some major issues with it. I know computers fairly well and I can build one myself now, but I've gone to my neighbor, my nerdy guy friends, the random tech guy at the Best Buy, and my school's tech support. They apparently either can't help me or want $100 for their help. Balls.|
Occasionally, my computer seems to shut down completely. It usually happens when I'm running a game such as League of Legends, World of Warcraft, or Portal, but it also seems to happen even if I just leave the computer running (although it seems to run longer if I don't run a game). At its worst, my computer couldn't even get through the initial loading screen.
I originally thought it would be a heating issue, so I went in and ran a program called Speedfan. Everything was sitting at a toasty 40ish degrees, except for something that said AUX. I still have no clue what AUX is, and it's a bit worrisome, especially since Speedfan reads AUX at 92 degrees... yikes. Despite looking it up for a year, I have no clue what AUX is.
So I defaulted to the next likely thing- maybe my motherboard's having issues. My PCI-e video card wasn't reading properly either, so I had both the video card and the motherboard recently RMAed. I gleefully got my motherboard back the other day and put my computer back together. You can imagine the rage when it shut down within 30 seconds of loading League of Legends.
The next thing that could possibly malfunction is the PSU. It's running at 400w, so I can't possibly imagine that I need any more power in the machine.
It's odd though. When my computer decides to go kablooey, it does one of two things:
1- I can hear/see all the fans running. The thing is still obviously on. Too bad my keyboard has no power going through it (or the lights just turn off, I have no clue) and my monitor just reads "No Signal" at me.
2- Everything entirely powers down, including the fans. When this happens I have to remove the power cord for at least 5 seconds, plug it back it, then start up the computer again. This happens much less frequently. The last time this happened, I was running Portal on full graphics just to try and see if using too much processing power was killing my computer.
I figured it's also possible that things just aren't plugged in correctly, seeing as how I'm a bit new to building (in my case, rebuilding) computers, but I've already triple checked all the plugs, my RAM, video card, etc.
I realize this is a wall of text, but thank you so much if you read through all of it. I'm just tired of systematically RMAing parts of my computer and wasting money I don't have on shipping. I've already RMAed my motherboard and my video card, and seeing as how I'm a semi-broke college student, I'm not looking forward to replacing my PSU...
Here are the specs to my computer:
Phenom II X6 2.8 GHz
AS Rock 880GXH/USB3 Motherboard
4 GB G.Skill DDR3 1600
XFX Radeon 5770 graphics card
Corsair 400w PSU
Save me, please!