Corsair Pro Series 80+Gold 1200W, Fully Modular
So I had some help putting this build together with the hands of some experts at a local computer shop, originally I wanted a CPU overclock at 4.5ghz. This was not possible for the guys at the shop - but it wasn't that big of a deal to me. I was happy with 4.4ghz.
I brought the computer home and took off sleepmode and all that stuff that can give dual cards a problem, I plugged one monitor into each of the cards.
I ran 3D Vantage on the PC to test the benchmarks. At first it didn't want to work, but then I got it to start the test.
When it got to the CPU test, my entire computer shut down. This really freaked me out so I asked some of my friends but I couldn't really get a smart answer about what happened. I got Battlefield 3 and tried playing it on auto settings, my computer blue screened.
I talked to the experts at that shop and they told me the error code I was getting - 024 was related to the CPU more than likely and the OC that was on the chip was to high.
I lowered the OC to 4.2 and tried playing BF3 again. It ran fine and dandy for about 30 minutes before I realized I was only using one card in SLI - I had forgotten to link them in nVida controller after I had updated the GPU drivers.
So now I can play BF3 for about 10 to 15 minutes and the computer does not shut down, but the game just crashes. I turned off the OC and have it on stock settings and the game STILL crashes.
I know BF3 has issues, but is this a hardware problem? Am I running the game on to high settings? I have amazing frame rates and I just don't know whats going on. The people at the computer shop told me none of my parts are defective or RMA worthy, and I believe them on that because I have no issues outside of BF3.
I really don't understand why I can't have an overclock at 4.2 while playing this game without the computer shutting off or the game crashing.
I'd really like some insight and I can provide a lot more details. My cards are running between 50 C and 60 C so I'm not concerned about heat issues, my heatsink is the Noctua so again - I don't get what the problem is.
You should read guides on overclocking and do it yourself.
But first make sure everything is plugged in carefully.
Than set absolutely everything to non-oc/default.
Download and run prime95 @ small fft for 1 hr and see if it shuts down or not.
Than run it @ blend for 1 hr.
Download and run furmark for 30 min and see if it crashes.
If anything crashed a part is defective. It should not crash at default settings.
Although it may not crash in windows, it should not crash in load.
Edit: It could be a bf3 issue cause it is buggy i think... Don't have it but that's what I have heard. Just stress test your pc using said programs to make sure its not your pc.