I built a new system last Aug. everything has been running great up til today.
I was playing a simple game while I was also running a flash memory recovery program no big deal right?
Well, all of a sudden without warning, I hear this pop immediately followed by the smell of something burning.
The computer reboots as I look around the computer & didn't find a thing. The computer goes to the " Want to boost into safe mode screen".
I select boost normally & all is fine as of right now.
I suspect it might have something to do with the PSU, because I've had similar happenings before. Only then; the computer wouldn't even boot up.
CPU: i7 980X
MB: Asus P6X58D-E
GPU: EVGA 480
RAM: 6GB of Corsair 1600
PSU: Corsair 1kw
Boot Drive: G Skill 120 GB SSD
Data Drives: WD Blk 1 TB x 2 in RAID 0
Definitely. They sell cheap PSU testers for >20, but I think I'd try and load it out and see if you can recreate the problem. Prime95 and Furmark it at the same time, that's going to draw a good bit of juice. Most PSU's don't fail at idle, it's when they're loaded they can't keep steady current, or internals fail.
I spoke with someone who lives in my neck of the woods & he says there was a spike sent through the cable line & ran through the modem ( I have cable internet).
Now I'm thinking that it might have been my surge protector that popped. Has anyone had this happen to them? I opened up the computer & didn't see any burnt PC parts. All my normal programs seem to be running fine & I was running some backup & recovery software without any trouble.