Originally Posted by Jaxonfire
That's what happens when you smoke cigarettes and weed right next to your pc and never clean it. Then it overheats and combusts. I repair computers for a living and it happens a lot.
again, there are no smokers in the house. I doubt it was ever cleaned, but nobody smokes in the home.
Originally Posted by Q5Grafx
doesnt need to be ran hard there is no cooler whatsoever on that card the dielectric grease is whats cooked on the chip. with no cooler on it the card would overheat pretty fast and die/ the card is definately a goner, but the pc might be saved, get some electronic parts cleaner at frys.com clean the heck out of everything and replace the vid card and it should come back to life
the other parts were fine, and I figure he has that quality psu to thank for it. he's had very bad luck with power supplies before.
Originally Posted by PCCstudent
I also call this a maintenance issue. It does not appear the PC (and internal components) was dusted on schedule. I notice you say the motherboard will be returned. If this is true what fault does the motherboard manufacture have in this? With a hot running card like the 480 is known to be you have to stay up on things. I can't think of too many desktop PC's( that I own personally) that I even put the last side panel on, I like to keep on top of what is going on inside.
true, I told him a while ago that the card would require his attention and couldn't be left with the wife and kid forever. the motherboard wasn't damaged physically, but we did swap it at microcenter. he bought extended warranties on most of the parts and they exchanged the cpu and motherboard without issue.
Originally Posted by latelesley
To me, it looks like the PC's come either from a smoker's place, or thy have an open fire/wood burner in the same room. All that black "gunk" is just sticky dust really. It means there's either been smoke or oily stuff in the atmosphere around that PC. In fact, it does remind me of one I looked at from a car garage before. The stuff on the case just looks like the same sticky dust, and its landed in that pattern due to heat, and the airflow pattern from fans. It's probably died from heat, with all those fins clogged a the fan end reducing the airflow to cool the card.
A good clean out, a new GPU, and it should be sound. Just get yer friend to book the PC in for a yearly clean to stop it dying again.
I made a joke that it looked like I was working on cars after taking the parts out of the case. I really don't know what they had near the pc, but this black stuff was everywhere. the worst is over now though. the computer is up and running again,, only the case front power cable is broken so I will contact bitfenix for replacement.