My rig was purring like a kitten for the longest time. One night, I boot it up, things are going well, I log in to my guild's Mumble server and BOOM... the whole system shuts off. Initially, I would turn the system back on, it would POST, both screens would come on for about 5-10 seconds, then the screens would shut off, but the machine would continue to load the OS. Drunkenly frustrated, I decided to just turn the computer off and deal with it later so as to avoid causing damage to the machine (I completely ruined a CPU once by trying to fix a PC once while drunk).
Later came and the same thing would happen. So I began unplugging everything and only had the mobo, CPU, RAM, PSU, and graphics card installed. Now it won't even POST. I've removed all but 1 stick of RAM (doesn't matter which stick) and the same thing. I've cleared CMOS, yet nada. The fans start up and the lights look all pretty, but the monitor just says it's going into standby and no POST.
So with those three crucial parts, which could it be? I could see a close-to-dead PSU giving me a problem by not providing enough juice (it's a 750w with no newly added hardware). I could also see that the mobo finally bit the dust on me, which would cause that, but there are no blown capacitors to indicate a dead mobo. I doubt all 4 of my RAM sticks are causing a problem, although I've read about how high-performance RAM can cause issues on mobos which doesn't have the setting in BIOS set to use such voltage by default (I reset CMOS, so it could be the case). I also don't think it's the GPU, because the damn system won't even POST. Or is it my CPU that actually shit the bed? I know a dead CPU is rare, but I'm completely at a loss right now and I spend every night looking over at her, hugging her and telling her it'll be okay.
Aside from the obvious problem of not being to use my computer, each of these parts is at least $100, and I'm not too keen on the idea of replacing more than one (unless needed). If I do that, I might as well just rebuild from scratch.
Anyone have any ideas? I don't care how novice or silly of an idea/suggestion it may be. I'll take anything at this point. Maybe I missed something really stupid and over looked it because I was over thinking the whole problem. I do this a lot and typically play dumb so that I hear all suggestions, from most simplistic to more advanced. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
While I agree that being insensitive is an issue, so is being oversensitive.