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Computer crashes while playing games.

Literally what the title says. I just finished building my new rig, i7-4790k (4.0 GHz), 16GB, 128 SSD, 1 TB HDD, GTX 770, ASUS SABERTOOTH Mark 1 Z97, corsair cs 750W PSU. Anytime i play a game, whether it is league of legends which doesnt require much, to WoW, to BF4 or even AC:4 BF, my computer will crash. Cant use task manager, the only way i can use it again is to do a hard reboot. Checked my GPU and CPU temperatures, both well under the minimum, and reinstalled the nVidia drivers. Cant think of anything else to do. Please help. Also, when i look at event viewer, it states this:
Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.
Idk if that has anything to do with my random crashes or not, but please help guys.
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  1. So you have overclocked your CPU? Run it at stock settings and see if the crashes still occur.
    Best of luck. :)
  2. Alex Kelly said:
    So you have overclocked your CPU? Run it at stock settings and see if the crashes still occur.
    Best of luck. :)


    No actually the i7-4790k is clocked at 4.0GHz, the new devil's canyon series. So nothing i can do there.
  3. Oh, sorry about that...
    So what sort of crashes occur? does the screen simply freeze?
  4. when playing Assassin's creed it just simply freezes after about maybe 2 minutes of playing, GPU at 55C and i can only completely turn my computer off for me to use it again. When i play League of Legends, the video will freeze and audio will continue and then the blue screen appears. Thank you for youre answers by the way.
  5. You could have a bad CPU chip, unable to handle that stock clock of 4.0Ghz (that is a sorta strong current)
  6. Jay Lavistria said:
    You could have a bad CPU chip, unable to handle that stock clock of 4.0Ghz (that is a sorta strong current)


    Yeah i know thats strong, haha thats why i wanted it. But i just tried playing it Assassin's creed and watching temperature and speed. When its about 2 minutes in, the processor seems to get the about 4.3 GHz and about 77C. in 3 cores, and 78C in the 4th core, then it freezes and audio makes like a buzzing sound as if the audio is looping. So are we thinking its a CPU problem and not the GPU?
  7. Alex Kelly said:
    Oh, sorry about that...
    So what sort of crashes occur? does the screen simply freeze?


    Sorry forgot to do a reply to you, answer to your question is above.
  8. Disable Turboboost, and downclock that CPU to 3.5GHz.
    Test and see if different occurs.
  9. Jay Lavistria said:
    Disable Turboboost, and downclock that CPU to 3.5GHz.
    Test and see if different occurs.


    So far that seems to be working, looks like a bad CPU :/ Thanks so much, here was me thinking it was a GPU issue. Guess im going back to microcenter for a new processor.
  10. Jay Lavistria said:
    Disable Turboboost, and downclock that CPU to 3.5GHz.
    Test and see if different occurs.


    So after about an hour of play, it happened again. Max CPU temp was only 75C and GPU was 41C. Any thoughts?
  11. Best answer
    Those temps are really hot, for gaming! Can you confirm that the heatsink is tightly installed on the CPU?
    It's highly unlikely that you got a bad chip, CPUs are VERY rarely bad.
  12. Alex Kelly said:
    Those temps are really hot, for gaming! Can you confirm that the heatsink is tightly installed on the CPU?
    It's highly unlikely that you got a bad chip, CPUs are VERY rarely bad.


    Just refitted my heatsinc and applied slightly more thermal compund, running at max 64C when playing for about 45 minutes, no crash as of now. this is also with no turbo boost and running at 3.5ghz. is that im not getting the right circulation in my case too? and you think my cpu would shut off at like 75C anyway? feel like thats a little low for them to shut off. ill keep you posted though
  13. Sounds good so far, yea let me know how it goes :)
  14. Alex Kelly said:
    Sounds good so far, yea let me know how it goes :)


    Yeah that was the problem it seems, never went higher than 65C, im gonna try turning my turbo boost back on as well as increasing it back to its normal speed. Gonna get more fans as well to keep everything cool. Thanks so much guys, appreciate a lot!
  15. No worries! Happy to have helped (so far)!!
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