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new PSU and GPU and my system is still crashing constantly

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January 13, 2014 6:50:34 PM

First, my PC specs...

CPU- AMD Phenom 2, 3.2ghz 6-core
PSU- Apevia 680W(old PSU) and Corsair CX750M(new PSU)
GPU- Radeon 6750HD(old GPU) and GeForce GTX 650TI(new GPU)
MOBO- Asus Evo AXT (about 4 years old)
RAM- 2x4GB dual-channel 1600hz corsair
OS - Windows 7 64-bit

My issues started when I decided to upgrade my GPU to the GeForce 650TI. I got it, plugged it in and all that goodness, but my games kept crashing. At first, my PC would say that the drivers were crashing. I, being stupid, decided to keep the card and fight through it until the drivers were updated and would be more stable. The crashes didn't stop, however. Then came the BSOD. It's constant and unpredictable. The only time it happens is when I'm gaming, but it can happen once every 5 hours or once every 20 minuets (lately, more frequently). So, I finally was able to afford a new PSU today, as everything I've read said that MUST be the problem. It didn't do anything whatsoever. SO, with the new PSU and new GPU in, I decided to put my old GPU in and see what happened. Logically, taking steps to make sure none of the drivers were overlapping, ect. I assumed it would work. Nope. New PSU and old GPU, still constantly getting blue screens, even at low video settings in the game. I'm not running other programs or background operations. No antivirus, ect. I've been into my BIOS to look at my 12v fluctuation and on the old PSU it's between 11.76 and 12.03 and on the new one it's between 11.97 and 12.03, so the new PSU is quite a bit more stable, but with either installed, the system is blue-screening just as frequently.

I've been mostly playing "Smite" and also tested this in "Crysis 2" and "Counter Strike: GO" all at max settings. Smite takes the least system resources and is the most infrequent, being anywhere from 3 hours to 10 minuets of play time before crashing. CS:GO, the second most strenuous, didn't crash at all in the approximately 30 minuets of playtime. And Crysis 2 couldn't even get past the sinking ship in the first 5 minuets of the game. I reloaded Crysis 2 and Smite at lower settings but to no avail.

The only other thing I could think that it is would be my RAM, which is fairly cheap and old. My motherboard has also been the victim of 2 lightning storms that killed the onboard sound and networking and now I've got separate PCI cards for both. Maybe the MOBO is so partially fried it's not delivering power well?

*UPDATE* I'd like to update this by saying that it seems like since I've put in my new PSU, I've gotten less BSOD, but more complete shut offs. Like it skips the blue screen and just flat out shuts down or restarts the PC.
January 13, 2014 6:56:32 PM

It will either be your motherboard or your cpu. Have you checked your temperatures before it crashes??
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January 13, 2014 6:57:49 PM

The next thing you should do is check your memory with memtest. Let it run for at least one full pass on each stcick individually in the 1st DIMM slot.
http://www.memtest86.com/
One of the most common causes of BSOD is bad memory.

Then I'd eliminate registry errors as the cause by running something like CCleaner.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
Do the Clean and Registry sections both. If your system is badly messed up and it finds lots of errors, run it again.
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January 13, 2014 7:01:01 PM

Quasty said:
It will either be your motherboard or your cpu. Have you checked your temperatures before it crashes??


Do you have a good monitoring program to recommend that would record it?
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January 13, 2014 7:06:26 PM

Hello... the defects on the MB is not Good thing... Did ya re-flash the MB Bio's?

The Blue screens can happen when communications or power connection problems happen to the OS, from any hardware, so do check pins and all you power connectors, Check data cables too...

Try removing all hardware cards/CD/DVD/Extra Drives/Parts, ( Minimum Bootable parts ), that will let you run just video card video performance tests and Games, to determine if you have something else broken or communication problems.
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January 13, 2014 7:24:06 PM

Ironsounds said:
Hello... the defects on the MB is not Good thing... Did ya re-flash the MB Bio's?

The Blue screens can happen when communications or power connection problems happen to the OS, from any hardware, so do check pins and all you power connectors, Check data cables too...
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I re-flashed the BIOS, yes. As for the other hardware, all I've got is my 2x internal hard drives and my DVD drive. Do you think that even while not being used the DVD drive should be unplugged? Would it mess things up? I haven't had any issues outside of a game (editing MS Office documents, ect.) so I wouldn't think the hard drives are failing. You mentioned the data cables...maybe the data isn't being transferred fast enough? Can those cables go bad?
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January 14, 2014 1:15:04 AM

newfoundmass said:
Quasty said:
It will either be your motherboard or your cpu. Have you checked your temperatures before it crashes??


Do you have a good monitoring program to recommend that would record it?


HWMonitor: http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html
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January 14, 2014 9:04:51 AM

clutchc said:
The next thing you should do is check your memory with memtest. Let it run for at least one full pass on each stcick individually in the 1st DIMM slot.
http://www.memtest86.com/
One of the most common causes of BSOD is bad memory.

Then I'd eliminate registry errors as the cause by running something like CCleaner.
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
Do the Clean and Registry sections both. If your system is badly messed up and it finds lots of errors, run it again.


So I ran MemTest overnight for about 7 hours and it came up with zero errors. I also frequently clean my registry, so this wasn't an issue. I only re-installed Windows 7 about a month ago, too. Any other suggestions?
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January 14, 2014 9:30:49 AM

Quasty said:
newfoundmass said:
Quasty said:
It will either be your motherboard or your cpu. Have you checked your temperatures before it crashes??


Do you have a good monitoring program to recommend that would record it?


HWMonitor: http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html


Thanks for the program. I ran it and it seems like everything's normal. I can't REALLY get a screen shot of it before it crashes but it seemed like it was all running at reasonable temperatures, around 45-70 Celsius. The only thing it isn't showing is my CPU temp. I got another program as well to see if that would show my CPU, but it doesn't and it's very odd to me. I've added a picture of what it looks like when I'm running a game about 5 minuets before it crashed. http://imgur.com/DKmKMqv
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January 14, 2014 10:27:19 AM

Hello... I'm telling you my procedure for fixing the windows " Blue Screen"... It's a Communication loss from a hardware Device to the Windows operating system... Windows isn't broken your Hardware communcation is...
Could be a simple Pin loose in a Power connector...
Could be data cable...
Could be a Bad drive...
Could be your MB...
If you wanna Test Piece by by Piece... Strip it down, clean, and Look close at your cables...etc that you hook up.
See when the problem comes back... See which Part is causing... you'll know with the Blue screen.
Use Rubbing Alcohol and Swabs for cleaning Card connectors and other things.
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