My Computer Freezes up during games

Computer freezes Up during games or graphically intense applications

My system:

Asus Striker 2 Extreme LGA 775 DDR 3 ATX Intel Motherboard
Cooler master case SC 1000 full tower ssw1
2 MSI NX 8800GT 512m Ge force video cards
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 Kentsfield 2.66 ghz CPU
Corsair Dominator 4 GB memory 240 pin DDR 3 Ram
2 Western Digital Raptor Harddrive 10000 RPM SATA 1.5 Gbs.
1 DVD R DVD burner with light scribe
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 pro 92 mm CPU cooler
Apevia Ice berg ATX 680 watt power supply atx 12 v/ eps 12v


I built this computer my self (first time). I have been getting total freeze ups often during games (Dawn of War, Medieval Total War 2, City of Heroes) where the computer sound will be on a half second loop. Only a hard re-boot will break the freeze. It also occasionally freezes up while watching video images on ITunes or a DVD. The CPU temp was running high (70c) at first while using the fan that came with it so I added the fan above and now temps don’t go above 45c. The computer still froze after the fan change and subsequent temp drop. I ran a registry error app(Error Nuker) to fix all registry errors. A couple were found and repaired but I still have the freeze ups. Virus and Malware scans have been done regularly and don’t show anything.

I also suspected that the PSU wattage of 680 might be a little light for my system so I took out one of my two video cards. Still freezing up. Sometimes the game will play for an hour w/o freeze up sometimes 10 minutes. I am still leaning towards the PSU and have tentative plans to upgrade to a 1000 watt model to hopefully avoid any more instability. But I would like input before I spend the cash. Thanks.
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  1. I'll do the mem test but I have the latest drivers.
  2. ... same issue here:
    Playing Medieval 2 sometimes ends up in what you've descriped (freeze + half second sound loop!)....

    My System:
    - Asus Striker 2 Extreme
    - C2D E8400+
    - Asus 8800GTS (G92)
    - OCZ Reaper 4GiB
    - Soudblaster XFi-Fatality
    - Enermax Infinity 720W
    - Windows x64 Pro

    Since it happens to both of us we should figure out similarities in our system specs first as possible rootcauses:
    1. Mainboard! --> Which Chipset version have you installed? (for me: NVIDIA780iSLI_CHIPSET_V946_XP64)
    2. 4GB of RAM (DDR3) --> ?
    3. Forceware drivers --> v180.48 x64
  3. Quote:
    ... same issue here:
    Playing Medieval 2 sometimes ends up in what you've descriped (freeze + half second sound loop!)....

    My System:
    - Asus Striker 2 Extreme
    - C2D E8400+
    - Asus 8800GTS (G92)
    - OCZ Reaper 4GiB
    - Soudblaster XFi-Fatality
    - Enermax Infinity 720W
    - Windows x64 Pro

    Since it happens to both of us we should figure out similarities in our system specs first as possible rootcauses:
    1. Mainboard! --> Which Chipset version have you installed? (for me: NVIDIA780iSLI_CHIPSET_V946_XP64)
    2. 4GB of RAM (DDR3) --> ?
    3. Forceware drivers --> v180.48 x64

    You realize this thread is a month old right? He probably already fixed his problem and moved on...

    Check for all the latest drivers of your hardware and run Memtest86+ to make sure your ram is stable.
  4. Memory is fine....
    This issue is probably caused by a well known STRIKER2EXTREME prob: undervolting of south-, northbridge and Mem-modules...
    ... another frequently discussed possible reason may be installation of memory-driver from the nforce driver package...

    I just wanted to know, what helped in remand's case.... :cry:
  5. I have asus striker 2 extreme also, 790i SLI ultra
    e8400 OC/d at 3.6ghz @1.4v
    2x2gig ddr3 1800 mhz fsb ram in 1:1 @manufacturer timings/voltage
    2x geforce 285
    creative pci-express sound blaster x-fi extreme audio
    750w psu
    1.52nb, 1.6sb
    game patched 1.3 and latest nforce/video drivers

    I cannot figure it out, my computer passes stress test like prime95 for more than 2 hours but when i play medieval 2 the computer randomly freezes frequently, requiring a hard reset :na: no bsod, nothing, just black screen with machine gone noise.

    I dont know what voltage is lacking if any. I don't believe it if the nb needs more than 1.52. i just cant stand anymore that i cant play this awesome game, any thoughts

    consulted http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3283&p=17
    and http://forums.extremeoverclocking.com/t286126.html

    please help!
  6. Quote:
    ... same issue here:
    Playing Medieval 2 sometimes ends up in what you've descriped (freeze + half second sound loop!)....

    My System:
    - Asus Striker 2 Extreme
    - C2D E8400+
    - Asus 8800GTS (G92)
    - OCZ Reaper 4GiB
    - Soudblaster XFi-Fatality
    - Enermax Infinity 720W
    - Windows x64 Pro

    Since it happens to both of us we should figure out similarities in our system specs first as possible rootcauses:
    1. Mainboard! --> Which Chipset version have you installed? (for me: NVIDIA780iSLI_CHIPSET_V946_XP64)
    2. 4GB of RAM (DDR3) --> ?
    3. Forceware drivers --> v180.48 x64



    I have the same issue here. i just installed windows 7 on my laptop. And i play this free on-line FPS called Alliance of Valiant Arms and after about 2 min of playing and i get killed. The screen turns black and i here the last 2 sec in a loop and i have to turn my system off and back on. I didn't have this problem on the vista but now i do... I really dont know. But my computer can handle high graphics and ram needs so i don't know what the problem would be.. if anyone could help WE would be very greatful :cry: :cry:
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