Freezing problem when playing games (Please Help)

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Hopefully someone can give me their opinions on whats wrong. So I play
alot of graphic intensive computer games, but recently started having
problems. I built a new PC to enjoy these games more and everything
is going fine for a few months, but then I start getting these
periodic freezes. The screen freezes preceded by a chirp, my mouse
turns off, keyboard is not working, but the PC is still running. I
have to manually reboot. So as time goes on these get more and more
frequent. I tried playing different games in case it was a game
related problem, but got the same freeze no matter which game I
tried. I switched out my FX 5900XT for my old Geforce 3 and still got
the freeze. So the way I see it there can really only be 3 culprits:
CPU, Memory, or Motherboard. If anyone has any inkling of what the
problem might be please tell me so I can get it fixed ASAP and RMA
whatever is broke.

Here are my specs

Abit KV8 Pro
Athlon 64 2800+
PQI 512MB DDR400
Geforce FX 5900XT
XCase 550W PSU
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.pc-homebuilt (More info?)

    Heat could be a problem- have you checked your CPU and System temps?

    Memory would be a likely culprit, and the easiest to check. If your 512MB is
    2 DIMMs, remove one. If it still freezes, replace with the other and try
    again. If it's a single DIMM, you'll need to find a way to get another to

    Check the memory website for operating voltage of the memory. Your board is
    probably running it at 2.5V. You may want to bump it up to 2.6V and see if
    that makes a difference.

    Good luck,

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