- Freezing. This is first one app, then the next, then the next till the whole system is down.
- Poor transfer speeds. This includes Ethernet (6mbs over gigabit connection) and USB (3mbs on a USB2 port and stick, 26MBs on another machine)
- Poor overclockability (by this I mean a G0 quad core couldn't break 2.7GHz on an entirely custom cooling setup)
- Assorted hangs and crashes during boot up, and assorted failures in Windows.
- During booting (before loading screen) I get "Disk read error. Press ctrl+alt+delete to restart". Five times straight. HDD is ten months.
- RAM issues (the same sticks placed in different slots either produce a black screen, not even BIOS or POST, or work normally)
- Generally, anything plugged into the USB ports does not come out again. I have had hardware failures on flash drives, MP3 players, mice, webcams, and headphones at a rate far, far above the norm. The significant thing about this is that USB headphones always fail in exactly the same order (and from this you can imply that many have fallen this way). First right headphone, then mic, then left. I charge my iPod from the plug with an adaptor.
- When running Orthos and CoreTemp, the difference between the coolest core and hottest core was 13 degrees. Checked in February and it was 5 degrees.
- When Windows underclocks your CPU to save power, it should clock it back up during use. It didn't, even while all four cores were maxed.
System is ten months old, all new components. Vista Ultimate 64bit, I run a tight ship in terms of viruses etc, I use the Vista Ultimate imaging tool to eradicate anything that disagrees with me and keep a 64bit and 32bit ISO. You can be guaranteed that I re-image the main drive frequently, both updating the ISO and putting it back on, like playing a hard FPS with the quicksave and quickload buttons. Q6600, Corsair XMS2 4-4-4-12 800MHz DDR2, nVidia 8800GT, Asus P5KC is the mobo in question with the latest BIOS.
The only other thought I have been having is power supply. Our mains here has a history of not being reliable, and the PSU is a no-brand 700 watter.
However this is reaching the point where I simply will not use USB devices(that are not completely essential) and my machine will fail to boot for an hour.
These are symptoms which definitely did not exist five months ago, and were only in infancy two months ago. This is another major reason I am inclined to point at hardware.