Tip #5: Take It To A Professional
At this point, if you’ve tried everything on this list, you can safely rule out any software issues with your PC. If you’re still experiencing random crashes, blue screens or power loss, the most likely culprit is your hardware. Depending on your level of expertise with gaming PCs, you may be able to ascertain the root cause of your issue and solve it, but that’s a best case scenario.
If you’re concerned that an internal component has stopped working and you aren’t confident in your own tech support abilities, you should strongly consider going to a professional. Many chain retail electronics stores such as Fry’s Electronics or Best Buy have IT professionals on call to assist you with any PC issues, for a nominal cost. If you want to save some money, try looking for smaller retailers that aren’t part of a franchise.
The best way to avoid wasting money when hiring a professional is to do your research. Make sure they are reputable: do they have a website with customer testimonials? How competitive is their pricing compared to the major chains? Do they price match? Check to see if they charge a diagnostic fee, and ask them if there are cases where this fee is waived. Find out how long the turnaround is, and the hourly labor cost.
Depending on what kind of cost estimate they give you, and how attached you are to the computer, you may want to consider abandoning this PC and starting fresh. For more information on this, check out our articles on 5 Things to Know Before Building Your First Gaming PC and The Best Budget Gaming PCs if you’re in the market for a new one.
Here are a few tips to try when your PC just won’t agree with you any more. They’ve been organized based on ease of implementation, effectiveness, and monetary cost. Hopefully, you’ll be able to sort out any issues with the first few steps, saving you a great deal of time and grief. However, if problems still persist, you may need to give up on your computer and look for another. Whatever the case, you should be back to gaming soon, so relax!