I am actually afraid to turn this computer on... (it is my brothers, overall not a bad set up)
his stats are like this:
AMD thurobred ( i know i didn't spell right) 2000+(currently unOCed)
1 gig of various ram (from 2700 to 3200 4x 256 sticks)
enermax PSU 300 watts( i feel more power is needed)
3 optical drives (one DVD, one CD-rw/DVD, and one CD-rw), silly set up i think...
An Abit KRA7-133 (I think, the a & 7 may be reversed)
ATI 8500 all in wonderc(hand me down from me in the olden days )
And running from XP pro
CPU temps at my house all stay below 40 C this is no exeption
oh yes and a floppy drive... (oldschool )
okay now these are my problems as they happened in order...
Me and my bro were going to play a lan game, but all of a sudden his comp restarts during game play after displaying an XP error message , sorry don't remeber what is says but it5 was a blue screen level kind of thing... (overall bad at this point) then whebn the comp restarts it only registers only 700 some of the overall ram, then it dies again during boot-up and only registers 2 sticks of the ram, and then finally one stick and then none, i left the computr off for a day (at this point there have been no obvious problems like fire or the computer apocalipse ) now i set the comp up in my room, and get it going, it registers all ram and continues on all like normal and then gets to XP and i log ion as admin and everytning is okay, i then procced to run the game again, and it all happens again, so i later afteer anothewr day try to play another game (counterstrike steam 1.6) and it crashes and says it has compatibility isssues with my drivers(would have been nice if windows told me wich ones... ) but alll in all this doesn't look good, it can go to XP, but anytime the CPU gets a heavy load it dies... (no temps don't spike, and even if they did the AMD would gladly burn itself to hell...) it looks lie a total sys failure from my mind, but i defintily don't have muh of a budget for this... (mayby 100 or so american dollares and that is iffy) (boss won't pay me because he found out i am underage... yeah fuck him) well afterf all these problems i am not thinking strait and i think i will ask for the expert advise of the board...
Buy a new Mobo
Buy a new PSU with higher wattage (the old one seems overloaded aand power was not steady, it was jumping examplee on the 12volt it would go from a range opf 8v to 13v completly randomly...)
It could be entirely the PSUs fault although the fact still remains thaat i saw a driver error for the games, which could be my Vid card... 8500s are kinda sloppy cards...
I also am not happy to kn ow that i can't load my cpu up to 100% without crashing... could this be a bad chip?? it looks unscathed, andd through all this has been kept well within limits...
Any help is very much so apreciated!