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#1 Stefan Fredriksson

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 0054 AM

So, the PC I got in 2010 (upgraded with more memory and new graphics card along the way) drew its last breath. It died during use. Will not boot. Fans may spin momentarily (less than a sec) when power on is pressed, but nothing else.
What I have done so far:
- Got new psu.
- Tried starting with different components not attached.
- Tried different power cord.
- Used different wall outlet.
- Removed memory, placed it in different slots.

Will not invest more money in this old one, new PC for child is about to be ordered today.
I have no knowledge whatsoever of electronics, I have no spare parts such as cpu or motherboard to try.
Are there other, *easy*, do-it-yourself tests I can do?

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 1015 AM

Sounds like you have done them all.  Good luck with the new PC.  

So, the PC I got in 2010 (upgraded with more memory and new graphics card along the way) drew its last breath. It died during use. Will not boot. Fans may spin momentarily (less than a sec) when power on is pressed, but nothing else.
What I have done so far:
- Got new psu.
- Tried starting with different components not attached.
- Tried different power cord.
- Used different wall outlet.
- Removed memory, placed it in different slots.

Will not invest more money in this old one, new PC for child is about to be ordered today.
I have no knowledge whatsoever of electronics, I have no spare parts such as cpu or motherboard to try.
Are there other, *easy*, do-it-yourself tests I can do?


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#3 Stefan Fredriksson

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 0631 AM

Thanks, I couldn't think of anything else obvious to try at my tech-level.

New PC ordered. :)
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 1440 PM

What are you getting?
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#5 Stefan Fredriksson

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 0512 AM

Core i7-8700
16gb
Gtx1060 3 gb
480 Ssd

Not the best or worst, but enough for his gaming a few years.
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Posted 13 August 2018 - 0626 AM

Decent specs.  I have a 1060, but the 6gb version, and it is a great card.  Check out the Western Digital Blue drives, the 1 TB costs $44 US: https://www.newegg.c...N82E16822236339 it makes a nice storage drive for games.  

Core i7-8700
16gb
Gtx1060 3 gb
480 Ssd

Not the best or worst, but enough for his gaming a few years.


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#7 Stefan Fredriksson

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Posted 13 August 2018 - 1334 PM

Kids mostly play Overwatch, Fortnite and GTA, so this will do fine.
His (my) old PC had a 500 gb disk that was quite enough. And now none of my old stuff will be on the new one. :)
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Posted 14 August 2018 - 0550 AM

I so know the feeling.  I got tired of my daughter using my desktop for her gaming, so I found a really great deal on a Dell G7 laptop with the 1060 card, and got it so that she can game on that.  Now my machine, is all mine again (except when I am at work).  

Kids mostly play Overwatch, Fortnite and GTA, so this will do fine.
His (my) old PC had a 500 gb disk that was quite enough. And now none of my old stuff will be on the new one. :)


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Posted 18 August 2018 - 0936 AM

Guess this question can fit here too. :)

Is there any useful reason to buy a screen with better resolution than 1920x1080 144mhz, if it is 24 inch (possibly 27 inch), and used for gaming? Screen is for above PC, since son is still using old DVI only 60 mhz screen.
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Posted 18 August 2018 - 1023 AM

I really like my two 2560x1440 monitors, I get a lot of screen and can have many windows open and working. So my answer is yes! Mine are two 27 asus monitors.



Guess this question can fit here too. :)
Is there any useful reason to buy a screen with better resolution than 1920x1080 144mhz, if it is 24 inch (possibly 27 inch), and used for gaming? Screen is for above PC, since son is still using old DVI only 60 mhz screen.


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Posted 19 August 2018 - 0133 AM

Guess this question can fit here too. :)

Is there any useful reason to buy a screen with better resolution than 1920x1080 144mhz, if it is 24 inch (possibly 27 inch), and used for gaming? Screen is for above PC, since son is still using old DVI only 60 mhz screen.

 

I'm with Murph as far as desktop real estate for work is concerned.

For gaming however, I don't really see the need to go beyond FullHD at this point. A possible exception might be VR, but even then the display will be in the headset, and not be dependent on the monitor.


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Posted 19 August 2018 - 0257 AM

I noticed you tried a new power supply unit, at the risk of making a stupid comment, did you change the power button switch on the PC as well?


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Posted 19 August 2018 - 0910 AM

I can agree with you there, I game on one, and on the other have iTunes, chrome, etc open. Two 27” 1080p 120+ Hz monitors would be good too. I just wanted the 1440 real estate when I built my new one.

Guess this question can fit here too. :)
Is there any useful reason to buy a screen with better resolution than 1920x1080 144mhz, if it is 24 inch (possibly 27 inch), and used for gaming? Screen is for above PC, since son is still using old DVI only 60 mhz screen.

 
I'm with Murph as far as desktop real estate for work is concerned.
For gaming however, I don't really see the need to go beyond FullHD at this point. A possible exception might be VR, but even then the display will be in the headset, and not be dependent on the monitor.

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#14 Stefan Fredriksson

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Posted 21 August 2018 - 1041 AM

I noticed you tried a new power supply unit, at the risk of making a stupid comment, did you change the power button switch on the PC as well?

Not at all stupid.
But way too integrated in the chassi - for me -, had it been easier to change I would have tried it.
Perhaps a project now that the PC is "mine" again. :)
For son it was time for upgrade long ago, but he is stoic in some matters.
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Posted 22 August 2018 - 0736 AM

Its quite an interesting intellecual challenge rewiring a PC for a new power supply. The irony is, after having done it, ive hardly used the damn thing since. :)


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