First off, I'm going to throw whats going on with my comp out there, in the slim hopes someone can suggest a fix.
I left it on with nothing but utorrent and pidgin running, and planned to return in 3 days after a weekend of work and staying with the girlie, something I've done many times and I've always come back to it still running.
When I came home the power was on, but there was no output to the monitor. When I hit keys, like to initiate shutdown (windows key, up arrow, enter, enter) the hard drive light didn't come on and nothing happened. Just dead air, with the power light on, and the fans spinning, nothing else. First thing I did was make sure the monitor worked, and it did, verified by hooking it up to my laptop. I doubt it was a surge or electrical problem, because I've got it hooked up to a UPS.
I tore the thing apart, and took everything out (two extra HDD's, dvd burner, sound card, firewire card, network card), and left only the essentials- video card, HDD with the OS, and one stick of RAM.
Same damn thing. Dead air, fans spin, lights turn on, no output to the monitor. I tried it with both sticks of RAM in, then unhooking the HDD, and still nothing. No output to the monitor, no bios on the screen, nothing.
At this point, I don't know what to do to diagnose this further. Any suggestions on how to nail down what part is causing the problems, please let me know as this will probably end up as a file server if I can fix it.
Now, on to the meat of this post.
Given that the aforementioned comp is old enough that I'm embarrassed to say exactly how old it is, I figured this is a good time to get back on pace. My main question is if I should build from scratch, or use the parts I've got and put them into a barebones box from pricewatch.
I don't really know what to expect with a barebones box, or what their real utility would be. Are they a good option as the foundation for a home built?
And of course, I would appreciate a recommended list of hardware that would allow me to play all but the most bleeding edge, hardware intensive games, and a list that would be more suitable for a solid non-gaming PC. I haven't decided if I'm going to get back into PC games or not.
Thanks guys, much appreciated.
Dead power supply. Gives just enough to run fans.