Why do computer problems always come in a rash?

The alternating hot and stormy weather since November has probably got something to do with it, especially in this non-air-conditioned and pretty much uninsulated house. I’ve got a heavy duty Zalman cooler attached to my CPU but that doesn’t help my GPU and disk drives much. According to Speedfan they’ve been running a bit hot for a while and sure enough both my graphics card and system drive have failed over the past two months as well as my power supply. Maybe the PSU gave in because I was forced to buy a new generation GPU to replace the old one that went belly up and the extra power demand was the final straw.

The big problem was the hard drive of course. I back up my data pretty regularly but it had been almost a year since I did a…

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