Saturday, 21 April 2018

My Sufferings in Tech! GPU, PSU and PS3 etc.

When it comes to tech, I was not the most blessed. I had a series of tragedy that took over and made me feel really frustrated. Main three of those are in the title and i will thoroughly discuss them here. As I don't earn myself much, i am dependent on my family to buy me stuff and as you know computer components are like premium and generally cost alot especially in India where it is considered a luxury. They generally very strict on me to buy computer related stuff and only accept me to purchase components after multiple requests and begging.

1. GPU (originally AMD Radeon HD 6850, now Nvidia GTX 750 Ti)

my 750 ti back in 2016
This was by far my worst nightmare, some demanding games would crash or freeze after few minutes of gameplay. Such as GTA V, Saints Row 3 and few more that i don't remember right now. I originally bought this GPU for 10,000 INR in April 2012 and was fine for about five months before i handed it to the computer shop for repair due to a BSOD during boot. When i reached shop for pickup, the guy was forcefully trying to put gpu into slot, i felt angry for a second but didn't say anything to him. Later what i found was disastrous, certain games started to hang/ freeze or crash.

I was very upset and for about 3 and half year i suffered from it, the GPU got damaged in September 2012 and i got 750 ti in March 2016 on my birthday as a gift which was also a request that got rejected many times and chances for me a getting a new gpu were slim but somehow after many forceful requests to my parents i got to buy it finally after all this struggle.

And the Story doesn't end here...

My new GPU (750 Ti) stopped working properly after my uncle brutally took out the router. (Nov 2016)
> Got a BSOD instantly
> Router's Antenna Got Broke
> Potentially Damaged GPU and Motherboard

Few months before this in either August or September, there was earthing issue at home which stayed for 10 days and during that time my computer wasn't working properly. Getting crashes and errors in games but after it got fixed, everything went back to normal.

I was not sharing Internet with my uncle and he got really angry when i verbally abused him, so i understand there was some of my fault too which resulted in this loss.

I RMA'd the GPU back in April 2017, which took around 10 days to get replacement. Originally it arrived 3-4 days before i went for pickup but they couldn't reach on phone and i was hesitant to call them so i got it a bit late.

The Replacement i got was not proper as most games were having noticeable  micro stuttering though scrolling lag issue was fixed. It was a brand new gpu as i could see new box with gpu having transparent plastic cover on the logo and they gave their original dvi to vga adapter while the one i have got broke so i put up fake one which didn't use to work. Maybe I paid the price of being dishonest in this case considering how GPU issues weren't resolved completely even after RMA.

Though it works much better than before but most demanding games run really poor like 30fps lock even though it looks better than console (the PS3 i have) but still not enjoyable as the GPU has whole lot more potential than this in proper working condition.

2. PSU (orignally Corsair VS450, now Circle 500W APFC)

stunning looks

Used to have really cheap low quality power supply that comes with cabinet, had several issues such as random restarts, components such as HDD failing and GPU/ CPU overheating.

Thought about getting a budget PSU which i did back in Jan 2014 (VS450 for 2,300₹) but it was too big for my case. After six months (back in July 2014) i did get to buy a new case which i got arranged at nearby computer shop.

It seemed like a good budget psu with double shielded cable and elegant design but just under 4 months (Oct. 2014) it started giving me random reboot issues. In initially suspected it was my PSU and tried almost everything to fix it but it won't.

After almost 1 year and 7 months of suffering i got a good budget local branded PSU (Circle 500W for 2,550₹) which has served me well even to this day with almost 2 years past. It's really a quality unit, Indian brands usually provide good stuff under affordable budget. IMO, it's better than many other brands PSUs which cost almost double. The only issue i had was pretty minor, the power cable that came with the unit was a bit loose won't fit tight in either my monitor or PSU socket. Though it wasn't much of a hassle as i had two other which i used before.

3. PS3 (bought back in March 2011)

my ps3 back in early 2013

Before we got new PC with LCD monitor, me and my brother used to play on PS3 hooked up to a old sluggish CRT TV. After 2 months when we got new PC (May 2011) it came with a decent monitor which didn't have HDMI so we used to hook it up to DVI port on monitor and used VGA for computer. Just under 1yr (March 2012), the VGA port became faulty as i won't detect monitor and picture wasn't sharp and before.

Also had display scaling issues with sometimes black bars around screen or display going too much misplaced outside display area. So, finally we had to always unplug the DVI cable from computer and put the one of ps3. This was pain in the ass, i suffered from this for around 4 years and 5 months before my PS3's HDMI port gave up just one month before i got HDTV (Oct. 2016), my sheer bad luck.

After month later, i bought a Component to VGA converter which didn't work on my TV as it doesn't have YPbPr color format input but my monitor did. When it was set to RGB the display would show too much yellowish color all around the display, changing to YPbPr did fix it but not the issues i had with vga port before. Even with the brightness set too full, it would still appear a bit dark and picture wasn't so sharp as well. Then last year i got PS2 to HDMI converter, it was originally made for PS2 to convert Component Input to HDMI.

As PS3 and PS2 both have same type of port for Component/Composite (printed as AV SCART under connector). It worked really well both on my Monitor as well as TV but has really minor issue like some weird blurred lines which wasn't visible with fair distance (only noticeable when too close like 4-6 inches away from display).