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PC crashes when playing video games

so i have this a problem with my gaming PC , it keeps crashing some times the monitor will turn black and it will "no signal" & other times the game would completely freeze and the sound would loop over and over. I think the problem might be my PSU or CPU.
Here are my specs:
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 192 cores
Intel Core 2 Duo E8500@ 3.16Ghz
4gb DDR2 800 MHz Ram
550W Cooler Master PSU
LG DVD Burner
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L 775 socket motherboard
Western Digital WD Black 1Tb Hard-Drive

So can somebody tell me what parts to replace. :)
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  1. look in device manager. see how many sound drivers you have installed. uninstall all but what you are using. don't let windows reinstall them.......... device manager/click on (+) sign. right click/select uninstall.

    old machine old hardware. when is the last time you cleaned it? the heat sinks and fans on the cpu/gpu and case fans could be clogged up? \\ when is the last time you removed the heat sink from the cpu or from the gpu and cleaned up the old thermal paste and reapplied new?
  2. I suspect it's a memory problem. Try running Memtest, switching RAM slots or buy more RAM
  3. Do you guys think my problem will be fixed if I get a new Cpu ,mobo ,ram
  4. why not try and trouble shoot what you have?
  5. swifty_morgan said:
    why not try and trouble shoot what you have?
    yes i would try that but my intel duo 2 duo e8500 greatly bottlenecks my gtx 260 there is alot of stuttering in games. so i am upgrading my CPU,mobo and ram here are the parts i am thinking of buying:
    Mobo: ECS A960M-MV
    Ram: Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB)
    CPU: fx 6300 Vishera

    Are all of these part compatible with my current system ? :)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 260 192 cores
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8500@ 3.16Ghz
    4gb DDR2 800 MHz Ram
    550W Cooler Master PSU
    LG DVD Burner
    Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L 775 socket motherboard
    Western Digital WD Black 1Tb Hard-Drive
  6. you do realize the 260 doesn't have enough vram on it don't you? even a gig of vram isn't enough to keep games from stuttering. had 3 of those 260's. only one that was any good was the one with double the memory on it.
  7. swifty_morgan said:
    you do realize the 260 doesn't have enough vram on it don't you? even a gig of vram isn't enough to keep games from stuttering. had 3 of those 260's. only one that was any good was the one with double the memory on it.
    I know but it shouldn`t stutter that bad like in my current pc I have a intel duo and the fps goes from 49fps to 19fps when in playing on a 64 player server in bf3 the game is unplayable.plus i am going to upgrade to a hd 7870 in the future
  8. think what you want. i've been down that road with gpu's. 2gig cards minimum.

    then you mention screen black outs...........

    and didn't you blow off that sound driver conflict I was trying to get you to look into?............. guess you don't really need the help. you have it figured out.
  9. swifty_morgan said:
    think what you want. i've been down that road with gpu's. 2gig cards minimum.

    then you mention screen black outs...........

    and didn't you blow off that sound driver conflict I was trying to get you to look into?............. guess you don't really need the help. you have it figured out.

    So i should uninstall all my sound drivers and reinstall them back. and i think I will buy the 2 gig version of the hd 7870 if that will help with the severe stuttering.
  10. Best answer
    swifty_morgan said:
    look in device manager. see how many sound drivers you have installed. uninstall all but what you are using. don't let windows reinstall them.......... device manager/click on (+) sign. right click/select uninstall.

    old machine old hardware. when is the last time you cleaned it? the heat sinks and fans on the cpu/gpu and case fans could be clogged up? \\ when is the last time you removed the heat sink from the cpu or from the gpu and cleaned up the old thermal paste and reapplied new?
    I have 4 sound driver installed they are:
    - Nvidia virtual audio device
    -razer surround audio
    -realtek high definition audio
    -USB multi-channel audio device
    should i unistall them all?
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