Hi guys, (long time lurker here... not sure if this is the correct sub-forum, but please be nice if it's not)
I was playing Rocket League for a very short <5 minute period on my desktop when my computer screen went to black and froze. i had Spotify open... which is usually the case for me and has never caused issues... This was definitely just a normal (if not extremely short/interrupted) session.
I turned it off while noticing a strange smell. My H220x CPU loop seemed fine in terms of temps/fan speed, but my GPU fan was at 100% after I turned it back on. As an open-back headphone user (and at the time I had no music playing), I would have noticed the insane fan speed prior to the computer freezing.
The computer appears to post but no image is displayed... my dac recognizes an input with a light and my keyboard caps lock/mouse scroll wheel light up, but my monitor power button blinks while it anticipates an image.
I left it off for a bit (20 long, long minutes). Same 100% gpu fans and slight smell. Off again...
When I turn it on with the GPU still in the PCI-e slot and no 6+6+2 power, the monitor (with the monitor still plugged directly into the GPU) displays a message with the vBIOS Version/Copyright info (which it wouldn't at all before unplugging the 6+6+2 power).
Does this confirm the GPU is not completely dead?
Having just finished writing up all of this, I pulled off the ACX heatsink on my Titan to see this. Great!
Also, I've got bigger issues than dust and focus right now. I don't want to hear it.
Question 1. What is that component('s purpose), and why did it suddenly burn? I'm noticing it doesn't have any components that touch it (and the heat spreaders on the ACX cooler near this component are discolored).
Question 2. Can I fix it myself? It's not under warranty anymore, I wouldn't think. I bought it on launch day years ago... Thoughts?
Thanks in advance for any help/direction offered.