- 13 months ago
I built my first computer a few years ago and everything went surprisingly well… or so I thought. There has always been a problem with the graphics card which is a Radeon R9 280x Twin Frozr. I had one RMA’d and the replacement has also developed the same problems. I can turn the PC on but eventually the screen tears and goes to a light blue screen. This can happen after just a few minutes or many hours and also happens whilst doing simple tasks and web browsing.
I have tried many fixes. These include reinstalling the drivers using DDU, updating the video card BIOS, reseating the card, cleaning the card, updating PC BIOS, updating Windows.
Whilst I consider myself fairly competent at dealing with computers, I sometimes struggle when things get too technical. My build is as follows:
Intel Core i3 4160 MSI Z87i Gaming AC Mini ITX Corsair Vengence 8gb DDR3 1600 (2x4gb) Crucial MX100 128gb SSD WD Caviar Blue 1TB HDD Corsair CX500W Semi Modular PSU Thermal take Core v1 Case
MSI Radeon R9 280X 3gb Twin Frozr
I used PC part picker to select the parts in the hope that it would flag up any compatibility issues. Maybe something isn’t quite right? I have also noticed that the Ethernet socket doesn’t show up in the hardware list, but shows in the BIOS? Could this mean a motherboard problem?
As a side note, I am wondering if I should bother upgrading this PC or buy something new as I am at my wits end with it. Is it worth upgrading or are there more cost effective alternatives? I am looking for something small to sit under the TV. Any suggestions would be appreciated.