I have a PC Chips M810 LMR rev 7.0 or 7.1. The system I have was purchased Just under 4 years ago Dec 2002. In it's most used near original config it was running an Athlon 1100 t/bird @11x 100FSB, 256 MB PC 133 ram, 40 GB Maxtor HDD, 64 MB Geforce 2 mx400, Samsung combo cd writer dvd player drive (CD didn't write), Plextor 32x12x4x Cd writer. This was until about a year ago. Then I upgraded to an Abit 128MB Radeon 9250. All had run smoothly til the fan on the PSU stopped before changing GPU, replaced with a 230w then a 300w one after changing the GPU (spare PC's PSU blew so 230w went in that). I'd always had the odd bios error, can't remember what, same one which cleared on a reboot. Not had it for ages. In the current config since July, it's been running the following extras/changes: Benq 52x CDRW, NEC 16X DVDRW, Western Digital 60 GB HDD (as primary slave), Generic 3 port 6 pin firewire card (for samsung DP 351 camcorder), broadband modem, plus USB: 6x4 Photo printer (HP), Gamepad, optical intellimouse. Pc is used for 3-4 hours a night, mainly mail/net and the odd game.
I noticed the other week some caps were bulging a bit on the m'board. enough to be noticed. Nothing was oozing from them (I think). I know there was a bad batch of caps round about 2002, mainly Asus boards, but it was reported on the now defunct PC Chips Lottery. I recently read somewhere on here that boards around the 5 year mark are suffering, and that oozing caps could last up to another 6-12 months or go within a few days. Anyway I need your advice. Could my config be causing it? Or is it the age of the mobo, or something else. Anyone any Idea how quick I should look for a new Mobo or PC, as theyre not as badly bulging as some I saw pictured on the PCchipslottery, but it is obvious, or anything I can do to slow it down so it doesn't happen.
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