Good people of the LTT forums. Have an unusual situation that I hope you might help me with.
I've had a rig for some time now that just recently started acting strange. It boots fine and runs fine but every now and then when I touch my keyboard or pick up my headphones or touch my mouse or headphone wire, my computer will randomly instantly power off and then back on and boot into windows. There's no warning message when it comes back up at the post screen or within windows. And it happens instantaneously. The other strange part is that it seems to happen more when I walk away for a minute and come back.
For example, during a league loading screen, went to touch the wire for my speakers, power cycled.
During a dungeon on Final Fantasy. Walked away to answer the door, came back and grabbed my headphones to put them on and power cycled.
Now if I turn my computer on and sit there and just use it normally it seems totally fine it only really seems to happen when I walk away and come back.
I'm beginning to think it has to do with static buildup, I've had it happen before where I have felt static on my body and touched my headphones, got shocked and it shut down, or turned on. Could that be causing these issues or am I just crazy?
Side note, I do have a puppy that seems to generate massive amounts of static, when he walks on the couch you can hear the tinging of his fur on the couch. Not sure if he is the culprit.
It's also worth noting that my rig sits on carpet. I have put a layer of cardboard between the computers feet and the carpet, not sure if this is a good thing or bad. There's plenty of air flow and the computer is liquid cooled so I don't think it's an overheating issue.
Specs are as follows;
Mobo: Asus TUF Z170
CPU: i7-6700k (mild oc) liquid cooled
GPU:GTX 1070 founders (no oc) liquid cooled
Boot drive: Samsung NVMe 960 PRO
Drive 1: Kingston SSDNow
Drive 2: Hitachi (not sure on exact model)
Peripherals; (if needed)
Mouse: Corsair glaive
Keyboard: Corsair strafe
Dac/amp: fx-audio x6
Audio interface: Steinberg ur12
Mousepad: steelseries QcK prism (including this since it draws power)
Headphone stand: Corsair ST100 (again including because of the power draw)
I also have nzxt HUE lighting installed.
If it does have to do with static is there a way to protect my rig/myself from discharging through peripherals?
Could it be the PSU living it's last breath? Am I pushing it past it's limits?
Any help would he awesome!
EDIT 1: New symptom, just got home from work, touched my dogs crate, got shocked from the static and at the same exact time my mouse and keyboard lit up and my girlfriends computer turned on. Is it possible to have so much static build-up that it begins to effect electronics?
EDIT 2: Upon doing some research and talking to a few people, a lot of information is pointing towards the dry air which may cause some issues with static. I've purchased an air tester which found the humidity to be at 15-20% so I am going to try using a humidifier and see how that works. I'll touch base in a few days and update the post. It may not be a perfect solution but it's something for the time being.