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May 14, 2007 12:48:30 AM

Hello,

My systems seems to freeze when playing games such as Counter-Strike or Company of Heroes. At first I thought I had pushed my overclock to high (cpu and gpu) so I backed both of them down. Didn't solve anything. Somtimes the pc doesn't freeze but just stutter. The sound will be caught in a loop and the video will freeze. I really appreciate any help. I suspect my PSU or video card but i'm not sure.

System specs:
ASUS A8N-SLI DELUXE socket 939
OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
2-3-2-5 1T
NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model ND-3550A
Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS 70SB035000000 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
SeaSonic S12-600 ATX12V / EPS12V 600W Power Supply
specs for psu are http://www.seasonicusa.com/s12.htm
voltage when idle:
+3.3 = 3.25V
+5.0 = 4.89V
+12.0 = 11.90V
EVGA 320-P2-N815-AR GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
clocks: 640/1970 idle = 48C, load = 63C
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
AMD Athlon X2 4400+ (110W) @ 2809 Mhz @ 1.4V
idle = 31C, load = 44C with Tuniq Tower
May 14, 2007 12:57:27 AM

Nice system! What version of Windows do you run, and which graphics drivers do you have installed.
May 14, 2007 1:10:06 AM

Thanks! I am running xp pro and Forceware 158.22 drivers. Although the problem doesn't seem to be driver related because this problem has been occuring for the last 3 versions of Forceware drivers I have been using.
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May 14, 2007 1:20:06 AM

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At first I thought I had pushed my overclock to high (cpu and gpu) so I backed both of them down. Didn't solve anything. Somtimes the pc doesn't freeze but just stutter. The sound will be caught in a loop and the video will freeze.

I see in your specs your GPU OC....you pushed it REALLY high! Good job, but this may be the problem....when you "backed both of them down" did you go all the way back to stock speeds? If not, try that first. Then try posting your question on the eVGA support forums, there is some very helpful assistance there:
http://www.evga.com/community/messageboard/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=37
May 14, 2007 1:27:01 AM

try moving your audigy card to another pci slot
audigy are well know for causing severe studdering for no reason, due of lousy drivers and terrible IRQ management.
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