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August 9, 2013 4:06:00 PM

So I recently built a new PC, and it occasionally freezes when running certain things simultaneously. I found that it is most common that while running a game and a YouTube video in the background it will freeze. It also happens while playing videos through Steam, using the Steam interface and Skype, and a mix and match of these programs. The screen will freeze and whatever audio is playing it will loop very fast. I had this problem on the PC I built before this, and I fixed that by re-installing Windows 7, after that I never had the issue again.

However I would like to find an alternate solution and to find out what the actual cause is. I know it is not a hardware issue as all components are brand new, and operate at low temperatures. Could it be the order of which drivers are installed? I have all the latest drivers installed, then re-installed.

The specs are as follows (no parts are overclocked):

i7 4770K - Corsair H100i
MSI z78 GD-65
MSI GTX 770
Corsair 16GB 1866MHz Vengeance Pro
Corsair 860i
Samsung 120GB 840 SSD
WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD

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August 9, 2013 4:27:51 PM

MrLister said:
So I recently built a new PC, and it occasionally freezes when running certain things simultaneously. I found that it is most common that while running a game and a YouTube video in the background it will freeze. It also happens while playing videos through Steam, using the Steam interface and Skype, and a mix and match of these programs. The screen will freeze and whatever audio is playing it will loop very fast. I had this problem on the PC I built before this, and I fixed that by re-installing Windows 7, after that I never had the issue again.

However I would like to find an alternate solution and to find out what the actual cause is. I know it is not a hardware issue as all components are brand new, and operate at low temperatures. Could it be the order of which drivers are installed? I have all the latest drivers installed, then re-installed.

The specs are as follows (no parts are overclocked):

i7 4770K - Corsair H100i
MSI z78 GD-65
MSI GTX 770
Corsair 16GB 1866MHz Vengeance Pro
Corsair 860i
Samsung 120GB 840 SSD
WD Caviar Black 1TB HDD


i was having a similar problem on my work laptop, have you tried re-installing your gpu drivers? do a clean install. Could also be a bad powersupply even though it is new

also are you overclocked? have you updated your bios?
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