Hello! I have been having this problem for 3 years, it actually stopped me from playing on my pc for almost 1 1/2 years, due to unable to start up. When I built my PC back in 2011, it worked for 2 weeks not problems, then it would randomly freeze during games, it progressively got worse to the point that, one night I was playing Need For Speed World and it did the BSOD, and wouldn't turn on, kept saying my screen wasn't hooked up. So I gave up, and about 8 months ago I decided to try it again, and it worked turned on no problems, worked for about 6 months then it started to randomly lock up, to where I had to do a hard restart. Now, it randomly freezes after about 10 - 15 minutes of game play doesn't matter the game, I've tried less graphic games like EQ2 or more intense graphics games like Hitman:absolution or crysis.
I've ran windows mem test said I had no errors. Changed out ram still didn't fix it. I'm looking to test my PSU. Changed out graphics cards, didn't do anything. Nothing is overheating I use HWMonitor all the time. Reinstalled windows, didn't help. Check all the voltages seems to be fine. My case is full tower with 5 2k rpm fans, cpu fan included. All my drivers are up to date.
Here's my Voltage Read outs using speedfan as well as HWiNFO-v3.4
3 Vsb- 3.49V
Asrock 870 Extreme3
AMD athlon II x4 640
8gb 240-pin DDR3-1333 (2x2gb G.Skill Ripjaw X ) (4Gb G. Skill Ripjaw) Ram (checked on mobo site to make sure it was compatible with my mobo)
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power
Radeon HD 5770-was using
Radeon R7 260X
Windows 7 Professional
Seagate 1TB HDD tested to see if anything was bad, no errors found on here either.
Also I did try the hotfix but it said "this update not applicable on this computer"
Any help would be greatly appreciated This has become way to frustrating to figure out, and personally I don't trust the local computer guys.
Do you have your CPU overclocked? Have you updated your mobos bios?
Bios is fully updated and nothing is overclocked.
Also, I built a second computer identical to this one, it too is having exact same issues I am, except it never BSOD and quit working.
Update: I can play games for random amounts of time now, can crash 10 mins into it or 5 plus hours later. I tested my PSU and said it was fine. I also did a furmark test to see if I'm pulling too much power with my new graphics card and it did fine, until I hit the 25 min mark it locked up, my gpu temperature was only 70C. Could this be a faulty PCI-E slot? I don't know what else to do, my power rating for this comp and all of its equipment under load, is only 500w I am using a 550w so it leaves some room. After the full load on the gpu it quickly drops to 30C. The only thing I haven't done is changed out my motherboard and PSU. But according to my PSU tester everything is fine. On another note, something weird has been happening I was watching netflix and my screen goes black, then it varies how long before it will lock up and I have to do a hard reset. Usually it hangs on the last frame when it locks up. On another note minecraft which is CPU intensive rather then GPU it seems to have lag spikes, think its related or not? I'm desperate for help, its aggravating not knowing whats going on. If you need anymore details just ask, I will tell you anything you would like to know.