My computer has been bugging out for the past month or so, constantly crashing whenever a heavy program runs. I took it to a local tech shop to have it troubleshot and fixed, and they told me that I would need to reformat windows, so I had them do that. They whiped everything, including the HDD. But when I tested it, games were still crashing. So I took it back, and they told me that my processor had been fried (apparentally I had the fan unplugged earlier on. Not for long, but long enough to fry it) so I got the new processor. Ok, now I have it back, but the problem still exists, to a mild extent, which is where the problem lies.
The first time I had it back, I tested it on Guild Wars, Rome: Total War, and Gothic II. Guild Wars crashed before I could log on, Rome: Total War never crashed, though I only had a few battles, and Gothic II ran for 2 hours before crashing. Later on, I test Guild Wars, and it takes 20-30 minutes to crash, as opposed to the instantanious crash that happened before. So today, I turn the computer back on, and go through the Guild Wars test again. It crashes immediatelly, once more. Gothic II is also crashing more often again. Also, the internet ever crashed on me.
Here's my question- replacing the processor DID help, but not enough, it would seem. Is this normal for new processors, or did the shop mess up again and diagnose me with the wrong problem? I have a 7 day money-back guarentee, so I'm not screwed yet.
Here's my system specs:
CD: COMBO DRIVE (16X DVD-ROM & 52x32x52 CD-RW) (SILVER COLOR [+9])
CPU: (939-pin) AMD ATHLON™64 3500+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology [+130]
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 6in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (SILVER COLOR)
FAN: AMD ATHLON64 CERTIFIED CPU FAN & HEATSINK
FLOPPY: 1.44 MB FLOPPY DRIVE (SILVER COLOR [+7])
HDD: Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM Serial ATA 150 8MB Cache -- Recommended [+40]
KEYBOARD: PS2 MULTIMEDIA INTERNET CONTROL KEYBOARD (BEIGE COLOR)
MOUSE: PS2 INTERNET MOUSE W/ WHEEL (Special!!! BEIGE COLOR MICROSOFT USB
MOTHERBOARD: (Sckt939)ASUS A8N-SLI nForce4 SLI Chipset SATA RAID Dual PCIE MB
MEMORY: 2 512MB sticks of Corsair RAM, added in myself after I recieved it
NETWORK: ONBOARD 10/100 NETWORK CARD
OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition w/ Service Pack 2 [+89]
POWERSUPPLY: STANDARD CASE POWER SUPPLY
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY PLUS ONE-YEAR ONSITE SERVICE
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: NONE [-5]
TEMP: NONE (AS SHOWN)
USB: Build-in USB 2.0 Ports
VIDEO: NVIDIA Geforce 6800 GT 256MB 16X PCI EXPRESS VIDEO CARD [+350]
WIRING: Professional Wiring for All WIRINGs Inside The System Chasis [+19]
Thanks for any help.