And I've checked the temps, but I can't imagine it'd be that anyways since I was gaming with it and it was just fine.
Could be a symptom of "about to fail" hardware.
A boot to Safe Mode loads minimal, standard software and drivers. If Safe Mode runs fine without freezes you know its probably not a hardware issue. Try duplicating anything that would cause a freeze in standard mode.
Hmm, I'm thinking of just trying a replacement of the RAM and HD and see what that does, I'm just at a loss as to how I can install the OS to begin with, and update, etc, but can't install my software without it freezing. That is the only thing that does the trick, it doesn't always freeze in the same spot either, for instance, I've been trying to install The Witcher, and it freezes and different spots along the installation process.
Check your ram timings. Run memtest86. I don't think its a hard drive failing (it could be but I just got a gut feeling its not). Also try to run scan disk.
Also check your error logs and see if anything looks fishy. Look for errors and see if these give us any details.
start > control panel > administrative tools > Event Viewer > Application (try system too)
burn the memtest86 software to a cd. on the memtest86 website there is instructions on how to do this. Then set your computer to boot from cd in the bios. This will then boot the cd instead of your os. Then the memtest86 can do it's magic. Memtest86 ussualy takes a few hours to run as a heads up.
You can download an ISO from there and just burn it to a CD using magicISO, ultraISO, ImgBurn, or CDburnerXP (or many others), and it comes with memtest86+ along with some cool other tools that you can test/diagnose your RAM and HDD with.
Another idea, your mobo could be on the fritz. I've had my mobo go bad out of the blue like that. I mean, it took some time. My computer froze randomly throughout a month or 2 after purchasing it. Overnight while idle it would freeze, playing games it would freeze, but some days, even weeks, nothing would happen. Then one day, it froze and i went to turn it back on and never POSTed. So I bought a new mobo and everything has been fine since.
I don't know if I agree with the generalization that you'll get a BSOD with a failing HD. I have a HD failing in my old backup PC. Occasionally I will hear a loud tick from the HD and the computer will just freeze up requiring a hard reset. There is no BSOD, just a complete freeze.
Thank you all very much for the help and advice! I'm gonna take it all in, check everything out, probably buy another HD and some RAM and try those too, and report back. I'll check back in if I run into any snags!
Thanks for the memtest and bootdisk info, that'll be a great help I'm sure! I'm just worried at this point it's worse than RAM or the hard drive...
I really hope it's not a MOBO issue or CPU or something, it really doesn't seem that way though, again, it ONLY freezes during installation, and works just fine otherwise, it had been gaming and stuff with no issue.
Agreed short. You don't always, but from my experinces "ussually" you do get a blue screen. *shrugs shoulders*....just a hunch its not the hard drive. I could be completely off level on this though.