Computer randomly locks up

The machine a friend of mine has built seemingly randomly locks up, we originally thought it was due to the hard disk randomly disconnecting, however we are currently not sure of the issue, due to windows not keeping sufficient logs, we're also unable to show any form of substantial log (all that is stated are "Computer has shut down unexpectedly" due to cold resets, recently, there was a BSOD that reported the following:


Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
  OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
  Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
  BCCode: 124
  BCP1: 00000000
  BCP2: 868786F4
  BCP3: 00000000
  BCP4: 00000000
  OS Version: 6_1_7601
  Service Pack: 1_0
  Product: 768_1


Furthermore, there was the BSOD message logfile which contained the following snippet:


A fatal hardware error has occurred.

Component: AMD Northbridge
Error Source: Machine Check Exception
Error Type: 11
Processor ID: 0


I would assume by this recent revelation that the Northbridge chip on the motherboard has failed, however it would be nice to have some extra opinion on the matter as this is a recent build and has some pretty new components.
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More about computer randomly locks
  1. make sure the chipset drivers are up to date
  2. They are.
  3. reset the bios to defualt and see if it runs
  4. You seem to be misunderstanding the question, sorry; The machine runs fine however it randomly locks up from anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 day.
  5. no misunderstanding here... looks like you got it covered.. good luck
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