Games freeze and crash when i overclock either CPU or GPU

If games crash or freeze when i overclock and even sometimes when im on stock speeds does this suggest a faulty motherboard. Heres specs-
1 HDD 7200RPM
1 IDE disk drive
Q6600 @2.4
780i Mobo XFX
Zotac GTX 260 216 edition
2 case fans
arctic cooler pro 7.
4gb KINGSTOM 1066 ram
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  1. Those Nvidia boards weren't that great for overclocking. Go little at a time, don't jump into a large overclock and expect it to be fully stable.
  2. Well you have a glitchy something. Depending on the type of crash it could be hardware and/or software. More details would help.
  3. calinkula said:
    Well you have a glitchy something. Depending on the type of crash it could be hardware and/or software. More details would help.

    what details do you need?
  4. AKM880 said:
    Those Nvidia boards weren't that great for overclocking. Go little at a time, don't jump into a large overclock and expect it to be fully stable.

    But what about when its not overclocked, i still have issues then
  5. I'm thinking its the motherboard, but what's your power supply?
  6. jamespage17 said:
    what details do you need?


    Like what does it do? Does it just freeze and just lock up? Does it glitch out and reboot? Do you get some sort of screen of death that has error messages that might contain clues to what the real problem is?
  7. calinkula said:
    Like what does it do? Does it just freeze and just lock up? Does it glitch out and reboot? Do you get some sort of screen of death that has error messages that might contain clues to what the real problem is?

    Well often it will freeze and then if i start task manager it seems to make it jump back into action, however it sometimes just crashes. And i have had the screen of death a few times but with diferent messages.
  8. AKM880 said:
    I'm thinking its the motherboard, but what's your power supply?

    Corsair 450W vx
  9. That PSU should be adequate for that system, I'm guessing towards the motherboard on this one.
  10. It could even be your RAM.

    Basically, troubleshooting involves swapping components which can get expensive. It's hard to say. I doubt the main problem is your graphics card. When they start overheating they cause picture glitches first without crashing the system.

    1. run Memtest overnight (doesn't catch 100% of problems)
    2. try to borrow another PSU
    3. Overheating? Open case and blow in a large room fan.
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