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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by FlipBoi, Oct 3, 2011.

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  1. FlipBoi

    FlipBoi Thread Starter

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    okay guys, I'm very unlucky here. This problem has been for a while now, but now is the only time I could ask for help. I recently built a new rig, only HDD and Power Supply were recycled, but I don't know myself how reliable my PSU is.

    First things first, the specs of my computer.
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     MSI GD70 Motherboard 
    AMD x4 955 BE @ 3.2Ghz (untouched non oc) 
    G.SKILL Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 2x2GB ram sticks (1333) 
    Sapphire Xtreme HD5850 GPU 
    OCZ Powerstream 520W PSU (bought used)
     Coolermaster hyper 212 plus
    Okay, my first encounter with a problem was when I was moving my rig around, I guess the power cable to my PSU was loose, my computer turned off. So I turned it back on and I believe I had an error sound coming from the motherboard when I started it up. No display was showed and my first reaction was something in my rig had been short-circuited. My rig can run on HDMI wires fine, but DVI does not work. What is weird is when I use a VGA cable and use a VGA-DVI converter to plug into my GPU, it works fine. The problem now is that I lag in game a lot, meaning its noticable.

    The problem does not stop there. My case is a CM HAF 912 so the top of my rig is open. Being the idiot that I am, I spilled water and it leaked inside and my computer shut off. I was peeking inside the rig and my GPU was right in the middle of where the water would pour down. I removed the GPU from my rig and let it dry out for 2 days, I put it back in and it works fine. What is the first thing I should do at this point? My 30 day warranty is gone from NCIX and I built it myself so it does not come with warranty after 30 days. Thanks guys, i know its a lot to read and i really do appreciate the people who take the time to read all this, thanks again very very much!
     
  2. Frank4d

    Frank4d Trusted Advisor

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    The biggest danger in spilling liguids into a PC (excluding the power supply) is galvanic corrosion that occurs when parts are still wet and power is turned on. You can do a visual inspection to see if this has occurred by looking at the soldered connections for a powdery substance that is usually black, yellow, orange, or green. If you don't see this, and it is working you may be OK.
     
  3. FlipBoi

    FlipBoi Thread Starter

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    thanks for your reply! do you mean inspect the GPU or the whole computer ?
     
  4. Frank4d

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    I guess only the GPU if that is all that got wet.
     
  5. FlipBoi

    FlipBoi Thread Starter

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    okay, so i bought a new video card 6850 and the dvi still doesn't work so i guess its the monitor, well i know its the monitor because it works on my dads monitor. The detail changed a lot but im still noticing unsmoothness while i play battlefield 3 beta, what could be wrong ? Could me using a VGA cable to the DVI plug be the problem? or could it be hardware ?
     
  6. Oddba11

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    First, the obvious...battlefield 3 BETA

    Second, video drivers. Not too mention any number of other hardware/software/drivers issues related to a game/software in Beta.

    So, issues with a game in beta aside, are there any other noticeable issues?
     
  7. FlipBoi

    FlipBoi Thread Starter

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    I also play games like Need for Speed World and it is laggy as well, it might be my broadband internet though, i called in my ISP and they scheduled someone to come to house because my ISP told me my modem signal is unstable, or something like that.
     
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