System freeze/hang then recover after a minute or so...

I've been having this problem for a few years, and its really really annoying. My computer will randomly freeze for a minute or two, then it will recover itself. When it freezes, everything just stops, including sound and mouse. I don't get any errors at all when it recovers, and there isn't anything in the system logs that shows any errors. I've checked all my hardware to make sure everything is properly installed. I've done a clean install of windows, twice. I don't know what else to do!


CPU: Intel i7-2600k
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3
RAM: Corsair Dominator 32gb 1866mhz
CPU Cooler: Corsair H100
Video Card: GTX680
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200i
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 60GB (System)
Hard Drive 2: OCZ Vertex3 60GB
Hard Drive 3: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower
Other Parts: D-Link DWA-552 XtremeN Network Card, Corsair Link
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  1. what antivirus are you using?
  2. I'm not using one. But I've checked to make sure I have no viruses...also if it was a virus the clean install would have fixed it..
  3. Check the health of your ssd's are they also running in ahci MODE? Also try business 8GB of ram and see if it still occurs, try each stick you have seperatly.

    If none of the above update your motherboards BIOS if you have not.
  4. I only just noticed your operating system but windows home premium is actually limited to 16GB of ram, wonder if that and the amount of physical ram you have is something to do with it, try having just 16GB in the system and see if you still get the problem.

    You either need 7 pro or win 8 home to use more than 16GB its an artificial limit but could be the problem.
  5. Sorry I forgot to update my OS in my specs. I actually have 7 Ultimate x64. Also, my BIOS is up to date and I tried each stick of ram separately and it was still freezing.
  6. in your bios is AHCI or Raid mode enabled on your Sata ports?

    if not it could be caused by your ssd.
  7. All of my sata ports are AHCI
  8. test it on its integrated graphics without the 680 in the system, if it still freezes test it with just the system ssd connected.

    if you have another random free hdd laying around install windows onto it with only it in the system to rule out the SSD windows is installed onto as the problem.
  9. I've tried with 5 different graphics cards, and integrated. Ive tried taking out all my hard drives except the system drive. Ive tried installing windows on the HDD. Still freezes.
  10. then the only thing i can think is that its a problem with your motherboard.

    only other thing, if you remove your wireless network card, does it still freeze?
  11. Still freezes without the network card...damn that would suck if it was my motherboard ):
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    well since you have changed around ever other single component in your system with fresh reinstalls and removed other devices in the system and even run it on every single stick of ram then the last culprit is the motherboard.
  13. I guess I'll just have to deal with the freezing for now..its too late to RMA and I don't have the money for a decent new one. Thanks a bunch though mauller
  14. no worries mate, glad to help you finish of troubleshooting it.

    the only other thing i can think is your mouse or keyboard, only just thought of it, i had a wireless mouse that became faulty and it made my pc lag at random.
  15. I've never had problems with them previously..I have the Corsair M90x and the Razer BlackWidow Ultimate, both with drivers up to date. It probably is the motherboard, unfortunately.
  16. try a different keyboard and or mouse and just to check if you have any to hand, is only worth a try.
  17. Will do. Thanks again :)
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