I accidentally knocked off a small block of fools' gold on-top of my computer case, but didn't actually hit anything inside (since the case was open), and now the computer is having serious stability issues.
These issues mainly comprise of it refusing to output to my monitor at all, but sometimes it does boot. However:
- Sometimes it hangs at POST when checking the RAM
- Today it booted to the Windows 'starting Windows' animation, then got a BSOD of
BAD POOL, with the top inch-or-so of the monitor experiencing a graphics glitch (hundreds of small multicoloured lines across the screen).
I've observed that it usually turns on in a usable state without any crashes for 10-20 minutes after around 3 hours being turned off. Beforehand the computer was in a relatively healthy state, with a small minor issue being the lack of disk space.
I'm certain that the knock caused a short somewhere (perhaps the RAM), but I'm not exactly sure how, as the components are screwed in pretty firmly, and I couldn't make any of the components budge at all when I was pushing in the components and checking that they were in properly.
Perhaps this would be a case for out-of-the-case testing?
Every component except the GPU is under warranty (motherboard, case, RAM, and SSD runs out in December, whereas the GPU ran out a couple of years ago), so I may be able to make a warranty claim for a faulty component. Thing is how do I know which component is faulty? I could send all the components in for RMA, however I do not want to dismantle my watercooling system.
Which component is most likely at fault here? Whilst I realise that my components aren't top-of-the range, the PSU however is a top-of-the-range model, and I don't expect it to be causing the issues here.
CPU: AMD FX4100
RAM: 4GB DDR3 1066MHZ
SSD: 64GB OCZ Agility 3
GPU: Nividia 8800 1GB
PSU: 500W Corsair CX500 Modular PSU