I convinced one of my friends to build his first rig so we could play BF4 together. He finally did. It worked great for about a month even though, if you plugged a device into one of the front usb ports, it would freeze. Then it started freezing consistently. It would last about 10 minutes or until he tried to play any media or open too many tabs while browsing. With my help, he has replaced every single piece of hardware so far except for the CPU. When we initially RMA'd his mobo, they determined that the south bridge was faulty. When he got his mobo back, it still froze. RMA'd it again. This time they sent a new board. Still froze. He bought a brand new Asrock board 3 days ago. Same issue. We have also replaced the HDD, the GPU, the PS and the RAM. We have repartitioned the HDD and did a fresh install of his OS (win8) as well. We have replaced the cabling on top of this. He and I are at wits end. I feel that the CPU must be the obvious last piece of the puzzle but I wanted to ask you all if we are missing something? We are lacking another rig with an AM3+ socket to test the CPU. ANY input would be worth its weight in gold to us now. Thanks for any help you guys can offer.
This was the other MOBO. Upon further inspection (not sure how we missed this) it doesnt appear that his ram is on the compatible ram list. This rig did run fine the first whole month though. Could this be the smoking gun?
He is bringing his rig to my house tomorrow so we can review some of these details Shortstuff. Ill let you know my current findings. But, with the given info, would you say its a safe bet that he should try to RMA his CPU? Im no PC expert. I know more than average but alot of the stuff that is "common sense" for you guys, im still learning so Ill do my best to get that info as long as it doesnt freeze. I did have him run memtest in the beginning iirc and it went ok. We've also tried new ram.
I guess there's a VERY slight possibility it's the CPU, but I've never seen a CPU cause a freezing problem unless it's overheating. I would focus on the RAM and PSU first. They are the most common causes of freezing issues along with overheating.