Well, it just might be time for me to finally build a new gaming PC. Here's the problem. I've been gaming a lot the past couple days (you know, Steam summer sale) and I have a feeling that's been putting a lot of strain on the beast. This morning I turned on the computer and my monitor said "NO SIGNAL". The monitor is about 4 months old, and I'm pretty sure its not the problem. I don't have an old one around to test that theory at the moment. The PC powers on, sounds completely normal, but won't send a signal to the monitor. So options: could be my GPU. I bought it used from a friend a couple months back. He never overclocked it or anything, but you never know. I tried switching the monitor cable over to the motherboard, and still no display, but I have a feeling I'd have to actually unhook the GPU for that to possibly work. Anyone know? Could be the monitor cable. Those go bad once in a while. Could be the CPU or motherboard (in which case I'll start saving for a completely new build and suffer on my old laptop for a couple months. Here's what makes me think it's the CPU or motherboard -- The USB ports aren't working. I went to charge my phone in the USB port this morning and nothing. No juice. Also, I noticed my xbox controller's green light was not lit up. So, what does that sound like? Any suggestions before I bring it in to the local shop?
Oh here are my basic specs. It's a 2.5 year old ASUS computer I bought at best buy. I swapped out PSU and GPU and also added another hard drive. Other than that, it's stock.
Processor - Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz,
GPU - XFX RADEON HD 6850, 1GB
RAM - 8 GB
PSU - 550 Watt
Display - 22 in widescreen (1920x1024)
OS - Windows 7, 64 bit
Thanks for any help you can give. I really appreciate all the friendly experts out here in the GB community.