- 6 months ago
So the title of this sounds stupid, almost noobish, but I honestly do not understand what is happening with my system. Granted; this is my first ever PC build and I put a lot of time and effort into learning what to do, what parts to choose, and took my time doing the build. All my parts were compatible according to the site and the PC turned on and booted up no problem. Had no trouble selecting boot drive and installing Windows and all that.
Here's a link to my parts list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/3KtTdX
As you can see, I chose all good components with good ratings and was willing shell out some good money for it. Yea, I cheaped out on the screen, but that's an upgrade for the future. I am starting to wonder if I should have gotten a more expensive power supply and CPU cooler, though.
Anyway, onto the problem. As I began actually installing programs, games and transferring files yesterday, suddenly the PC just randomly shut down. What's more bizarre for me is that while the system just died, the aesthetic lights on the Motherboard continued to glow as if there was nothing wrong, but the system won't turn back on when I push the power button unless I turn the whole system on and off again directly at the switch on the power supply; only then can I actually boot the thing up with the power switch on the case.
During troubleshooting, I cannot seem to pin down the problem within what I generally know about problems that typically arise with these kinds of builds. I have double-checked and All of my cables are correctly connected and managed.Windows is correctly loaded and seems to run all basic programs just fine. Even after restarting I don't get any kind of Windows error indications in the boot screen letting me know that windows has even detected any kind of crash or "unexpected shutdown". I have not gotten to test any kind of high intensity programs/games yet since the computer won't stay on long enough to download them. Further into the subject of system strain, I do not believe that is the case. My GPU is showing no strain in normal operation of the PC. The CPU does not seem to be feeling any strain either. Checking the task manager while running several low intensity programs and transferring files, the CPU showed no problems in keeping up in handling them. Further, neither the cooling fans for the CPU, GPU, the Power Supply, or the Case seemed to be showing signs of strain and were all running at low and relatively quiet speeds.
Upon checking the BIOS, nothing regarding CPU or fan usage seemed to indicate substantial strain. CPU, Motherboard, and PCH temps are all in the 95 to 110 degree F (35-45C) range. I'm not sure what normal operating temps should be for my kind of system, but again, the coolers are not running at near their max speeds to to cool it (the max speed for my CPU fan is 1500rpm and its running at around 600 to 800 rpm in the BIOS and my desktop while only running basic programs. Again, the motherboard BIOS is showing no red flags as far running temp goes. the ONLY red flag I could find was monitoring the Voltage in the BIOS immediately after the same crash today. The +5V Voltage was indicated red in the BIOS with a reading of +4.360V. The other Voltages were all in the white with CPU Core Voltage being 1.362V, +12V being +11.968V, and +3.3V being +3.313V respectively. I managed to take a picture of the BIOS screen and I wish I could include it to better illustrate what I am talking about. Needless to say, only a minute or two after taking this picture with my phone, the PC died yet again.
I'm at a loss for what to do at this point except beg for help. I thought, maybe I would try another outlet or something later. At this point however, the crash has already happened a half-dozen times and I don't want to risk powering the PC on much more lest I corrupt or permanently damage my components with further crashes. If anyone has actually read this far and can make sense of the information I've provided, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.