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November 11, 2013 1:43:49 AM

Hello,

I've been having persistent problems with my PC freezing/blue screening for the past few months while under heavy loads of gaming. I'm not really sure what the issue is, and I'm hoping someone here can help me out. And I repeat, this occurs only when under heavy loads, such as playing Battlefield 4 on max settings. The freezing occurs typically within 10-20 minutes of playing the game.

The blue screen code I experience most often is 0x00001E. I've researched it before, but I never really come up with a solution to my problem. I'm still not really sure how to read the .dmp files as well, so some assistance with that would also be appreciated. I've taken up the thought of upgrading to water cooling to see if that would solve my problem, but I'm not 100% sure overheating is the issue right now. I have also tried switching out 4 different memory sticks and they all seem to work fine. I've tried different slots with these as well. I have also been checking temperatures via the CPUID HWMonitor, and nothing seems really out of the ordinary. My graphics card usually tops off at about 60 degrees Celsius, and the processor never seems to exceed high temps either that would result in freezing.

I'll list my parts below so you guys have an idea of what I'm working with currently.

GRAPHICS CARD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PROCESSOR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q7MV0/ref=oh_deta...

Please help me out as best you can, guys. I'll be looking for replies every hour or so. Thanks a bunch!
a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2013 1:46:29 AM

Unstable overclock?
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November 11, 2013 1:54:12 AM

Nah, that wouldn't be the problem. I haven't overclocked anything.
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November 11, 2013 3:14:58 AM

Could it by chance be that I need an upgrade to my power supply? I have after all had that one for over 4 years now, as far as I know.
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November 11, 2013 3:20:25 AM

well it might be time too upgrade that power supply and get a quality brand like seasonic. I have heard from time to time of psu's causing BSOD's. Just make sure drivers are updated and temps aren't going too high.
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November 11, 2013 3:25:56 AM

I see. I just recently read a review on newegg regarding my motherboard. The review went as follows:

Cons:

I'm writing this in hopes to bring to light an issue involving an incorrect default BIOS setting for the FX-8350 (and potentially more "Vishera" models). I already read from a below post that another person also faced a problem with the FX-8350 and this specific board, similar to that of a problem I was faced with.

Upon further research, I came to notice an insufficient CPU core voltage set in the BIOS (V11.13) by default, as pertains to the FX-8350 I had installed. I looked into this as I was experiencing erratic behavior and also blue screens after freshly installing an OS. Raising the default Voltage up to 1.4V immediately ended the issues.

***DO NOT RAISE CPU CORE VOLTAGE UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND UNDERSTAND THE RISKS***

So I'm off to MSI's website to download a BIOS update I guess. Will give updates once I get through with everything.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2013 12:27:01 PM

So i was "semi-correct".
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November 11, 2013 3:48:08 PM

I'm testing if the updates I made were a solution to my problem within the next couple hours. Hopefully no crashes will occur.
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November 11, 2013 7:49:36 PM

After updating the BIOS, I was able to run Battlefield 4 on ultra for a good 2 hours (much longer than before), but I still received a BSOD with the error code of 0x0000001E after that 2 hour period. Still unsure what the issue is.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2013 9:50:43 PM

"Upon further research, I came to notice an insufficient CPU core voltage set in the BIOS (V11.13) by default, as pertains to the FX-8350 I had installed. I looked into this as I was experiencing erratic behavior and also blue screens after freshly installing an OS. Raising the default Voltage up to 1.4V immediately ended the issues."

Did you do this.
Although it isn't normal for a FX-8350 to run at stock 1.4v. Your motherboard seems to suck according to the reviews.
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November 11, 2013 10:39:45 PM

Hmmm well I did some research and bsod actually can be caused by high DC ripple from your psu. Considering its not the greatest brand and it isnt 80+ rated it wouldn't have very consistent power flow. Got another spare psu laying around you could try?
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November 13, 2013 7:11:06 PM

Hey guys, I actually raised the voltage up to 1.365 for the CPU and I haven't been having problems since. So, I guess Vdroop from the board was causing the problem and raising the voltage was the solution. If anything else occurs, I'll post again.
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