Got this computer probably a year ago. I never really pushed it to the limit. Now I've been getting some newer games and having issues where the screen would freeze and the audio would get stuck. The only remedy was to hard reset. Cyberpunk 2077 is different in that I just get sent to the desktop with CD Project Red sending me a crash report, saying that it was a GPU crash for unknown reasons. First thing I did was a clean install of the new Nvidia drivers, no luck. Kept watch on temps and the GPU never exceeded 84C. Changed some fan speeds anyways, got it to stay around 75C, no luck. I re-plugged the pci-e cords attaching to the graphics card, thought one felt like it wasn't in right. Still no luck. Played the game on it's lowest setting, still crashed. I have no idea what the issue is. I did find some people saying that the RTX 2080 TI requires 2 Pci-E cords instead of the 1 split, but I don't think my PSU has the ability to add another cord. What should I do?
MY FIX: RESET BIOS SETTINGS TO DEFAULT
So I brought my PC back to microcenter. At first they didn't acknowledge the artifacting on the gpu and I had to take it back and reset windows. After I reset windows with no change to my problem, I brought it back. This time they found the issue and replaced the graphics card. This fixed my artifacting problem and everything seemed good. Started up a game was running everything fine, all the temps were good, everything was up to date, 20 minutes into playing... crash.
I spent 5 days researching and trying to diagnose my problem, I tried everything I possibly could do on my side. Except for updating BIOS. So I went on to research how to do that and what steps I should take. Well, not to long into researching about that, I found out powerspec PCs are built with a altered BIOS that doesn't receive updates from powerspec. They believe their settings are best fit for your PC and will last you till the end of time. Well, I'm here to tell you they messed up. Whatever settings they changed in the BIOS is what was conflicting with other parts in the computer and causing the system to crash under intense pressure of a gaming.
I reset the BIOS settings to default as a hail Mary after figuring out about the bios settings that they've adjusted. After reseting the settings my computer joined the Dark side. The interior lights were blue, now they are pulsing Red. Everything is working as intended and I now have the computer I was supposed to have over 1 year ago. I'm here to thank microcenter for the headache, as well as to inform any other powerspec owners out their having similar issues to just try this simple fix.
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