My current computer is getting on for 6 years old and is feeling it's age. The motherboard is showing signs of giving up, it only has a single core processor and the power supply unit is making a buzzing noise. So it's time to upgrade! But since it is so old, this time an upgrade actually means a whole new computer, not just a new processor and more memory.
This time I have gone back to AMD processors, mainly due to cost - £700+ for an Intel 6-core processor or £160 for an AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition. I then looked around for the best AMD motherboard for the processor and decided on the Asus Crosshair IV Formula. After that it was simply a case of picking off the rest of the hardware I needed.
This has all been fitted into the existing chassis, which despite it's size, is perfect in every way. I have also continued the water cooling utilising a new CPU and GPU block and a custom cooler block for the motherboard from EK Waterblocks.
The build all went smoothly without any problems, however after much effort I had to resign to the fact that the graphics card was faulty (DOA) and had to be sent back.
The system seems to work fine until I do anything that involves 3D content then it quickly crashes. After a few crashes it then shows artifacts on the screen as pictured above. I cannot run any form of benchmark without the system locking up and/or crashing.
So at the moment I have a shiny new PC that I cannot use - all my old graphics card spares are PCI or AGP - no PCI Express!!!
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