PC Freezing, crashing and failing to install software and updates

3 days ago my computer all of a sudden started to freeze while browsing the internet, a few minutes later the HDD would make a noise and the computer would unfreeze. Other times it would freeze and get stuck so i would have to press the reset button on the case. Half the time it would then freeze at the BIOS splash screen or it would come up saying boot manager failure and then ask for a disk to boot from. I have now re-installed Windows 7 64bit and although the system doesn't completely crash or reset it does keep freezing on the internet only to unfreeze moments later. Also because i re-installed the OS i needed to install a lot of updates but NONE of them are downloading/ installing. Added to this i tried to install a game (Diablo 3) only it sticks at 1.5% and doesn't go any further. I've ran CHKDSK and loaded optimal default settings in the BIOS.

Computer Specs:

Intel i5 2500k,
Gigabyte P67A-UD3 (version1.0),
Samsung Spinpoint HDD
Mushkin 4GB Silverline 1333Mhz

My question(s) are 1) Does this sound like a hard drive problem and i need to replace my HDD or does it sound like a motherboard issue?? I have heard of issues surrounding the motherboard i am using although i find it strange that whenever my computer does freeze the HDD stops spinning. The Computer was built for me 3 years ago by a manchester company called Aria
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  1. It could very well be a hard drive issue, but you can confirm that by testing it with drive manufacturer's diagnostic software for DOS which loads from a bootable CD which you make from the manufacturer's CD Image.

    For Samsung hard drive, test it with SeaTools for DOS. The CD Image ISO file is available here:
    http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-dos-master/

    Create CD from the ISO file with ImgBurn: http://www.filehippo.com/download_imgburn/

    Boot your computer from the CD & SeaTools will open. Test drive with Long/Extended test.
  2. Sounds like a HDD issue so you need to test the drive. Use a HDD diagnostic tool to test it. A good one is in the link below.

    CrystallDisk http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html
  3. Thanks guys, I will run the seagate program first on a long test and reply back with the findings
  4. Ok I ran the seagate long test and it automatically ran the short one afterwards, it took 2:30 to complete...

    SMART is supported and enabled
    SMART has not been tripped
    DST is supported
    Logging feature set is supported
    POH 7427

    Test info and results

    Short DST passed
    Long test. Passed

    Does this indicate a motherboard issue and how can I test for that?
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