Monday, August 27, 2007

My Gaming PC died :(

Well, all good things must come to an end I suppose. I have pieced out a 64-bit processor when they were hot on the market and ended up with a nice machine. It lasted a good 2 years or so, but something has gone awry. It has performed like a champ since day one and just all of the sudden started having reboots out of nowhere. I don't have time for these things, as I run a WoW guild and have lots of websites I am working on now.

I am not sure if it is the motherboard or what, but I have ordered a new mobo and video card as it seems I cannot buy one that will fit all of my components anymore. I guess I could have tried Ebay, but I have heard too many bad things about it lately. I have ordered a newer ASUS board that will fit my 3800+ 64bit Athlon processor. It should arrive in the next few days as it is only being shipped from a state away.

The plan is to figure out if it is the motherboard or processor that is the problem. I figured getting a known-good, or hopefully known-good component in the mix would be a good idea. It turns out I needed to buy a new PCI-E (PCI Express) video card as AGP boards are a dying breed now if you want other performance benefits. I should be able to figure out if I need to buy a new processor from this or if it was the motherboard.

One thing I overlooked was the fact that my RAM could be the problem. I hope to run a memtest86 on the old system before I try to install the RAM into my new setup. I have gotten a new power supply within the last year, and I just bought a new Hard drive as I thought that was the original problem with the way the computer was acting. I had a similar problem in the past and it ended up being the motherboard.

Well the parts are on their way and it is only a matter of time until I figure out what is the REAL problem with my system. I have a secondary one, though it is not that great. I am pushing a whopping 768MB of ram and an AMD 1600+. It is not going to set any MIPS records, but it is getting the job done for now to at least updated some of my sites. It's not bad for an E-Machines.