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Two year old custom build randomly freezes. Requires hard restart.

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August 10, 2013 11:37:27 AM

So I have had my computer for about 2 years. The only problem before this was a bad PSU which I promptly replaced. Now the system will freeze, cursor, windows, sound, video, everything will freeze and the only way to get past it is a hard restart. While it fairly consistently freezes right after I get out of Battlefield 3, it will also freeze a few minutes after startup, with no games, videos or anything besides a browser window open.

I do not believe this to be another PSU failure because it happens both when it is under heavy and light load.


System Specs:

CPU: Intel(R) Core™ i7-960 3.20 GHz 8M
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB GDDR5 - (Like I said it does run hot, but it always has without problems)
MoBo: GigaByte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 Chipset
Mem: (12GB 1600Hz Trichannel Memory)
PSU: Antec ATX EA 650W
HDD: 120GB SSD


Things I have tried:

Memtest - No errors
HDD - Moved the SATA cable to another port on the MoBo.
Dusted EVERYTHING. My GPU gets pretty dusty but I try to clean it frequently.
Checked MoBo for any obvious hardware malfunctions or capacitor leaks.
HDD - Replaced the HDD with another and installed windows, still freezes (Pretty much eliminates any hard drive as the culprit)
Played with Mem speed and a little with voltage. I have changed the speeds from 1066 to 1600 and 1333Hz but it still freezes. I have also tried changing the mem voltage from auto to normal, but no results so far.


Any help will be appreciated!
August 10, 2013 11:41:11 AM

Have you stress tested your PC without your graphics card (running on integrated graphics?)
August 10, 2013 11:44:32 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
Have you stress tested your PC without your graphics card (running on integrated graphics?)


No I have not. I don't currently know how to do that.

I have however re installed windows completely and re installed all graphics drivers.

Would you mind sharing how to stress test the pc without the graphics card?
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August 10, 2013 11:53:38 AM
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I am not sure if the i7-960 has integrated graphics, I assume it does, but you with simply remove the graphics card from your system, install intel integrated graphics drivers then use something like prime95 for a few hours and see if you get any errors.

August 10, 2013 11:57:52 AM

ps3hacker12 said:
I am not sure if the i7-960 has integrated graphics, I assume it does, but you with simply remove the graphics card from your system, install intel integrated graphics drivers then use something like prime95 for a few hours and see if you get any errors.



Unfortunately my MoBo doesnt have any graphics ports so it would be impossible to take it out and run any systems.
August 10, 2013 12:16:54 PM

AeJayEm said:
Unfortunately my MoBo doesnt have any graphics ports so it would be impossible to take it out and run any systems.


Never mind, im an idiot for not noticing, try running prime95 for a few hours anyway with the graphics card and see if you get any errors.
August 10, 2013 12:28:15 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
AeJayEm said:
Unfortunately my MoBo doesnt have any graphics ports so it would be impossible to take it out and run any systems.


Never mind, im an idiot for not noticing, try running prime95 for a few hours anyway with the graphics card and see if you get any errors.


No Problem. I got Prime95 and have started the tourture test, but I am not really sure what I am looking for. All 8 workers are doing "self-test", but I am not really sure what they are doing. I know my CPU is at 100% and my memory is steady at 4.5GB. Does this actually test the graphics card?
August 10, 2013 1:07:16 PM

No not the graphics card, this is for the other parts, your simply looking for lock ups or BSODs.

If it all went well with prime95 try Furmark to stress your graphics card for half an hour to an hour.
August 10, 2013 1:16:56 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
No not the graphics card, this is for the other parts, your simply looking for lock ups or BSODs.

If it all went well with prime95 try Furmark to stress your graphics card for half an hour to an hour.


Okay. Prime95 is still testing, but once that is done I will start Furmark. If all these fail the only thing I can think would be wrong would be the motherboard.
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