I've been having issues with my GPU, lately. CPU shutting down on it's own, escalating to the GPU suddenly saying it loses signal to my monitor while gaming and locking up the PC to force a manual restart. I decided to download OCCT to run a GPU test on it. It reached 100 degrees within 40 minutes of the test, and I hear the loud shortage sound from my kitchen. It smells like I vaccumed a rubber band (sort of), now I'm assuming my PSU just blew, would anyone agree to this? Additionally, I've come to hear that other parts blow in the process - what are these chances? Does anyone have any experiences relative to this? I have a crappy, Sunbeam 580W PSU from Newegg for $20, purchased ~3 yrs ago. These issues are less than a week old. I'll be going to BestBuy soon since they agreed to run a diagnostic for free - but I wanted to check with the community here. Any advices, thoughts or educated guesses on what exactly happened?
This time around get a good PSU, a 550W with ~40A on its 12V rails and a 5 year warranty. It will be hard to check to see if any of the IC's received damage without a functional power source.
You can visually inspect the motherboard to check for damage, you are looking for blown or bulging capacitors, especially in the voltage regulator near the CPU. If you see any that appear to have any damage or any good leaking out of them that component is toast.
Not without a functional power source, the functionality of the integrated circuits will be best checked using stuff like prime 95, memtest, and furmark, that will cover your main components. If you fail prime95(its tends to BSOD if you do) and you pass Memtest then you likely have CPU or motherboard damage.
I see. I used memtest back when my CPU was working, and it successfully passed all the tests. I believe my issue was cooling considering my PC functioned better with the case off, even though it still crapped out on me, just not as frequently. I will post an update after my fishing expedition @ Best Buy. Thanks for your help, I selected your post as best answer with the photos you provided, it was very educational. Thanks again, Hunter.