Hey all, I got myself a prebuilt gaming PC very recently since I'm not really an expert in building PC and I honestly wouldn't trust myself to build one from scratch (upgrading an already built pc I can probably do) and those tempting deals are just too good
Anyway, one month after I got it, I noticed something smells funny in my room but I couldn't quite tell where it's from. At first I tried sniffing the exhaust of my pc and any obvious places in my room but I couldn't source it, so I just carried on with using my pc. At some point, I decided to restart my pc and it never comes back on again… The smell does kinda like burnt plastic or electronic.
So I sent it back to the store where I got the PC from for repair, and I was informed that the:
- CPU was burnt (there's black char around the area of the CPU according to technicians)
- RAM doesn't work when connected to other PC they tested
PS: The CPU is AMD and RAM is Corsair.
Now, the store initial thoughts is that this could be due to power surge, and I admit I wasn't using like a powerboard with surge protection in particular or at least I'm not aware if it has one (yes, I'm a dummy in hindsight), but how likely is this to be the case? Wouldn't the power supply get affected first instead? My power supply is corsair, which I think is pretty decent brand for it (I live in apartment with of 10+ floors, not sure if this is relevant or not)
PS I also notice that my monitor very very randomly flickers every now and then (like only few times a day); and in particular, usually at least once around 10pm – 11pm, which I suspect something that uses big electricity (not inside my apartment unit for sure) is turned on/off, could this be related?