There is rarely a good reason but I continue to come across folk that try to control fans with speedfan or such. Those folk seem to experience a higher failure rate along with owners that when asked when they used canned air come back with "What is canned air?"
Those two types of owners seem to burn through hardware.
I'm going to lay the whole story out and I would love someone to tell me where or what I did wrong. My PC specs are I7-7700, GTX 1070 and 16GB RAM. Monitor QHD 144hz G-Sync.
The day started when I turned my PC on and I saw I had a graphics card driver update. I installed that, no problems. I launched Elder Scrolls Online and started to play. Normally all max settings, playing normally around 90 to 100 Frames Per Second with no issues. About 2 hours in, I walked into a building in the game and my framerate counter dropped to 60 FPS, but my screen was stuttering like I was playing at 5 FPS. I walked out of the building thinking it was a bug, but then realized the game was now playing at 30 to 40 FPS and the FPS counter at the top right corner was matching what I was seeing on screen correctly again. I close the game and restart my computer to fix the issue and that's all the thought I gave it. I just thought is was something to do with the game.
I played ESO for about another 30 minutes at 100 FPS with no issues and then a friend invited me to come play Sea of Thieves with him. I close my game and start up SoT to start playing that. I play for about 2 hours again at a locked 72 FPS on SoT with no issues and then everything goes black on my screen and my fans turn on REALLY loud. I restart my computer, but no display comes up. I unplug the power cable and hold the power button for a minute to drain the power and try again, but to no avail.
I now know my display and hdmi port on my graphics card no longer work. So, I plug my hdmi cord into my motherboard and I can finally get a display again. I go to device manager and click on display and delete my driver to my graphics card. I do this because I'm thinking it was the update I had earlier today. Now when I try to reinstall the driver, it says no compatible device can be found. My GPU is done for.
During this whole process, I never heard my fans kick on once other than when it was too late. Did I miss something? Was the FPS major drop in ESO a tell tell sight? What could I have done differently in this entire situation to maybe have had a different outcome?