I've uninstalled both games, reinstalled, and applied all patches. I have also deleted all audio drivers and reinstalled. Ditto for the video card. The games still crash in the exact same places.
I am certainly no where close to knowledgeable on this, but am wondering how it can be audio when the games crash in the same places regardless of using onboard, discrete, or HDMI. The other kicker is the crashes still occur when audio is disabled in bios.
i fear its the mobo at worst. best case is one of the cores i enabled I should have left disabled.
I forgot about it crashing even when the audio was disabled. Having said that, most games dont use dual cores. Some games have ini settings that allow you to specify how many cores your processor has. You did say that the game crashes when it tries to utilize the audio and that it is only these two games that cause a problem. This suggests a software issue.
edit: is there an XP compatibility mode option for running the game? also set to run as the administrator.
It appears it was unstable, unlocked cores. When I revert back from quad to dual, everything runs perfectly. Thanks for your many suggestions, Canadian69! I may still leave it as quad and see if I can find those INI settings.
I think both cores may be a bit off. with cores 0,1,2 enabled, it plays the games fine, but when the machine sleeps, it won't come back out. Had to do a hard boot and came back to bsod. Finally fixed itself in safe mode.
Enabling cores 0,1,4 gave me the bad sound/crashing games issue, so that core is shot for sure when stressed.
I need to figure out a middle-ground, because the computer just screams w/all 4 cores just doing non-gaming tasks.