You'll have to do more diagnostics to eliminate possibilities. As of now you could be having heat problems, bad RAM, improper RAM settings, Sound card/driver incompatibilities, in addition to the possibly faulty video cards. Get some temp readings with Speedfan or Core Temp. Try some stress testing on the CPU with Prime 95 to help figure out if the graphics cards are the cause. Also, check the event logs in control panel admin tools to see if there are any problems your system is picking up before the lockups.
The way my video cards are built, they're almost touching each other, you might be able
to slide a piece of paper between them. My mobo has a third PSI E slot, any harm in
using the top one, skip the middle one, and using the bottom one for my crossfire?
just to give them some room to vent.
The orange slot at the bottom of the board is only an 8x slot so that card wont contribute quite as much as it could from the blue slot, but if its overheating and heat throttling then it will do better down in the orange slot
"did you remember to manually set the timings and voltages for the ram you are using? There is very little modern ram that runs properly at default voltage."
Okay, this is done in the bios right? I have been working on computers for quite
a while but I'm kind of a bios noob, I have only made basic changes in the past.
I found were I put the numbers in last night but the directions that came with the memory said to leave it auto mode, so I thought I would get ya'll feed back before
I made changes.
Also, is there a program you could recomend that would test my memory?
Even if they say that in the manual, putting in their specified timings won't hurt anything. Unless do something silly like cranking your RAM voltage to the highest possible setting, the RAM will be fine.
Memtest86+ is a good program for memory stress testing
I think I have firured out my problem....
My cpu's temperature skyrockets when ever I put any stress on it.
I removed the heatsink removed the thermal paste, re-applied high quality
thermal paste and re-installed making sure it was seated well.
It's still overheating
So I guess my next step should be to buy a higher quality
cpu fan right? If so, what type do you recomend form my cpu?
You need an aftermarket heatsink and you need to stop loading your processor ASAP. Intel lists the max safe temp as 63ish for load, you should be idling at 30 or below. Take a look at the xigmatech darkknight cooler, and double check that your intel cooler has all of the pushpins down and locked in place, they sometimes come loose.