15 months ago
I recently completed the following build:
It was functioning beautifully for close to 3 weeks. Last night it randomly decided to lock up during a taxing gaming session and upon restart it would not go to windows. I tooled with it for a couple hours, tried following troubleshooting guides on youtube, and reset the bios to defaults. When the computer starts up I can access the bios, it recognizes that my SSD exist, but when it tries to boot it goes to trouble shooting and nothing that I attempt works. I had issues running Chkdsk since I couldn't run it as administrator so I'm going to give that another go as well. It will load, diagnose, try to repair, and then tell me that it wasn't able to repair.
Since the computer was running fine for nearly 3 weeks and I haven't made any changes at all (no updates, no new drivers, no new installs), it seems pretty clear that to me that this is a hardware issue. When I built the computer I decided that I didn't actually need my additional 2TB hard drive so I didn't install it. This computer is strictly for gaming and all of my games are on Steam, I typically only have 2 or 3 installed at a time, 375 of my 500gb was free on the SSD. The first thing that I'll do when I get home is install my other HD to see if my SSD is fried.
The SSD is located right underneath the 2080ti and the 2080ti runs very hot when I play Skyrim with 200 mods at 4k. The only thing that I've done differently in the last couple of days is actually play Skyrim for a significant amount of time. Previously I was just doing short sessions making sure that my mods were playing nice with one another. I've seen people online stating that it's possible that an m2 located directly under a hot running GPU which has dual exhaust blowing directly on it could get too hot, so that's what I'm currently leaning towards. My monitors are plugged into the GPU, and I am able to see the BIOS, so my amatuer thinking on this is that the GPU is fine. The memory is located fairly close to the GPU, not directly above it but close, so I suppose it could have overheated as well. My CPU has never gone above 40c, in fact it usually hovers right around 30 no matter what I'm doing.
I'm going to go to town on this thing when I get home, I just wanted to gather up as many thoughts on this as I could before I started. If all fails I'll take it to a PC repair shop, but I don't think that it'll come to that. Has anyone had any luck with PC repair shops? I read some reviews of a few in my area last night but the reviews all seemed fake, and with them charging by the hour it seems like it could add up.
Thanks for any responses. Apologies for the hastily poorly written mess, I'm currently at work and I actually do have work to do so I rushed this.