Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz OC @ 2.9
Seagate 1TB HD
another 120GB HD
Windows XP Professional SP3
PSU= Antec truepower 2.0 480w
I built this system through time, i've just upgraded, so most things have changed through time. Its been like this since the end of 2008. It's been fine since then. Every now and then it would freeze completely, like everything locks up and the sound loops, only way to restore is to restart. However, this only happened like 1 time a month. Today, I have gotten it like 8 times. I thought it only happened when I was playing games (TF2, empire total war mainly), but a little bit ago it happened when I was watching a video online.
What do you think the problem is? I've tried to keep this hard drive clean and free of everything except things directly related to games I play. I have rivatuner always running in the taskbar and I have it controlling my 8800gt's fan speed base on temperature, so when I'm gaming it'll eventually get up to 100% fan speed and I've monitored it and its certainly not overheating.
I guess the CPU could be overheating right? The thing is I'm not sure what I can use to truly test to see if that is the problem. Other than checking that what else could it be? Again, it has done this very rarely in the past, but all of a sudden today and constantly been doing it.
Sorry if this is in the wrong section. I didn't really know of a forum, but I remember seeing hardware tests by tom's hardware in the past so just quickly found this site in google.
What did you upgrade? Use HWmonitor to monitor your CPU temp, run Prime95 on all 4 cores, that is as stressful for your CPU as it can get, post the load temperature here. Also consider running memtest to make sure your ram is generating errors, run it for atleast 5 passes to be sure it doesnt start throwing errors after a few runs.
I actually got the 1 TB hard drive (the windows install I'm using now) after I already had the other components in. I'm curious what could cause my computer to suddenly start freezing from changing NOTHING. I didn't download anything, didn't change a thing, just woke up today and has been freezing constantly.
I've never used memtest before and I'm confused on how I know a pass has been completed. Is that the part that says "Test #x" I'm on Test #5, is that what you are referring to when you say passes or something else?