I’m at the point of suspecting I’ve a dead graphics card (980ti) on my hands, but I thought I’d pop the full set of problems on here in case anyone has a bit of brainstorming on potential alternatives.
So, earlier today I was playing a little Witcher 3 when the computer crashed without warning or error. Automatic restart, but no display signal and the vague smell of smoke. Uh oh.
First things first, tried to work out where the smell was coming from, but every other part of the computer seemed to be booting correctly including all the fans (GPU fans as well). Bit tricky to work out where a smell is coming from when you have 7 fans blowing air all over the place. Oh well.
First things first, tried a different video cable and connection type. No output with hdmi, same with DVI. Okay.
Tried a different card from another computer. Computer boots up fine, and now there is display. Uh oh. Sounds like a new graphics card is on the…cards (oh ho!). Annoyingly, can’t test the dodgy card in the other computer, because the card is massive and won’t fit.
The card was adequately powered (650w PSU, gold-standard), I’ve ensured all connections are good. I’ve done a scan for fried capacitors or anything along those lines, there’s nothing apparent.
While GPUs are expensive and that’s annoying, my major concern is considering why there might have been a failure, just in case another element of the PC is playing up and might fry a replacement. The computer is showing no signs of unusual behaviour otherwise, so I’m not inclined to suspect the PSU of being dodgy. Having said that, we’ve had problems of poor grounding in the wiring of this apartment, so that’s always a concern.
It’s a bit late, so I apologise for this message being rather haphazardly structured
Anyone have any thoughts?