Faulty Processor..... Again?
About 6 months ago, I had a problem with random reboots/crashes/lockups on my computer. The problem seemed to manifest itself as a RAM error, when I tested it with memtest. Yet when I swapped in some RAM that I KNEW was good, the problem persisted.
Anyway, after several reformats, I deduced the problem wasnt software related. One by one, I swapped out all of the hardware components until I finally determined that the processor had died.
So... a new processor, and everything was fine!
Fast forward to 6 months later. The computer has started acting up again. The RAM tests as faulty, but swapping in a new stick of RAM that I have confirmed as good in another machine doesnt fix the problem.
So, Im assuming the problem is the same as last time.... right?
Assuming that it IS the processor again, what could be causing the processors to get damaged? Am I just unlucky?
The computer has been upgraded several times, to the point that none of the original parts remain in the machine except the case and the power supply. Can the old crap power supply actually be damaging the processors that are in the machine?
At this point, Im looking at replacing the processor and the power supply, but I would love some confirmation either way on wether I am doing the right thing or not.