Seriously, how old was your CPU/Motherboard? It was probably due to degradation over the years and just happened to finally bust when exposed to a next generation game. My CPU goes up to about 70% playing FFXIV, my GPU goes up to 90%+, they still haven't broke.
Years? I had it just over 1 year. I been playing next gen games on it since I got it. Never had a problem until FFXIV. A game that pushed my hardware beyond that of any other game, and did NOT have the same quality graphics. Sure it was probably the best graphics for an "mmo" but I really dont think the graphics compare to other non-mmo games like Crysis, COD, L4D2, BFBC2. Yet it uses up the hardware of like 2 of those games combined lol. There's a reason people are upgrading their PC's to beyond what they should need. And there's a reason PS3 release isnt for 6 months. FFXIV simply is not optimized in any way at all.
You don't have to rebuild the whole PC if you're on budget, just replace the parts one buy one.
If you're pretty sure it's the CPU and mobo causing the problem, just get a CPU + mobo combo from newegg.
Well, see the thing is...When I took the PC into the shop they tested the PSU and said it was fine. Then they went as far as hooking up a brand new PSU in front of me. Same deal as before. Then they put in brand new RAM along with the brand new PSU, same problem. Lastly we tried hooking just the MOBO and CPU up to the PSU and booted it up. Sure enough, 1 long beep. So we came to the conclusion it was probably the MOBO.
Now if I was to replace the MOBO, and it happens that something was wrong with the CPU, then wouldnt that be risking your new MOBO? Also what if somehow the PSU was faulty anyways? Wouldnt that also risk the new MOBO? I was told basically if you are going to replace the MOBO you are best off replacing the CPU and the power supply at the same time. So that leaves what? My DVD drive, my graphics card, and my HDD?
The other problem I come across with just getting a new MB is that the casing for the PC is small and custom fit for the HP. So id probably need new casing too.
Anyone know a place online i can shop for MOBO/CPU/PSU/Casing bundle? I would probably be willing to spend 500$ in a few weeks. I would hope i could get something capable of running games on decent setting with that. Already have GPU, RAM, DVDRW, HDD.
Another issue I thought of is wouldnt i need a new OS also? Dont HP computers not allow you to use the HDD's in other PC's? I thought I read that :(