The motherboard I'm using is Gigabyte H67M-D2-B3.
When I was using my old Graphics Card (Sapphire HD 6850), my computer crashes once in a while quite randomly/unpredictably. Sometimes BSOD related to
ntoskrnl but caused by
atikmdag.sys. Sometimes my screen just plain out freezes and everything stopped working then it'll just reboot if I leave it alone after a minute or so.
I've upgraded to Sapphire R9 290 now and the problem persists. Similar crashing scenario and sometimes, my sound card (Asus Xonar DX) suddenly stop working as well while I'm using my computer.
My question is, can a motherboard's PCIe slot fail while everything else still works fine?
I can get back to using my computer usually after a reboot or a few reboots. Sometimes I need to give my Graphics Card a little wiggle and if I reseat my graphics card, the problem wouldn't persists again sooner than I didn't reseat my graphics card.
PSU: Corsair TX 650M
Components: Single CPU, single GPU, 2 HDD, 1 SSD, 2 sticks DDR3, 1 sound card all running stock (no overclocks)