I am hoping you can offer some advice on how to identify the freezing issue with my home build. The issue is that I boot my Pc fine and after about 10-15 minutes everything becomes jumpy, the sound (if any) stutters and then freezes (this seems to happen faster when playing games/videos). This requires a restart (turn off, turn back on) before working fine.
To overcome this issue, I have been booting until the Windows login screen, then restarting. Since I have been doing this, I have had no freezing issues and my Pc runs ok (as it should).
Here are the spec of my Pc:
Intel Core i7 920 2.66 GHz, Socket 1366, Retail pack with fan
Asus P6T Motherboard, Socket 1366, 6xDIMM DDR3, 3xPCIe-16, 2xPCI, 1xPCIe-1, 12xUSB2, Firewire, Audio, 1xATA, 6xSATA, RAID, ATX
Gigabyte GV-N26OC-896I Video Card, GeForce GTX 260, 896MB, DDR3, PCIe-16, DVI, SLI ready, HDMI
Corsair XMS3 Dominator Tri-Channel TR3X6G1600C8D for Intel Core i7, 3x2GB, DDR3-1600, PC3-12800, CL8, DIMM
Corsair TX750, 750W ATX PSU, Active PFC, SLI Ready, Grey
Seagate SV35.3 ST31000340SV Hard Disk Drive, 1000GB, 7200rpm, 32MB Cache, SATA-2
LG Electronics GH22NS30 DVD Writer, DVD 16R/20W/8RW, CD 48R/48W/32RW, Internal, SATA, Black, OEM
My Pc is running Windows 7 home edition, 64 bit with all updates installed ok.
I have tried a clean install of Windows 7 and have checked all cables extra.
Has anyone else had this issue? What are some things I can do to identify the issue?
While my Pc does work ok, it is frustrating I have to re-start before it runs ok.
No, not overclocking anything. CPU temp is 48C idle and GPU temp is 57C idle.
Both of those seem a little high for idle temps. How warm is the room your system is in? Also, you may need to look at your airflow in the case to verify your front/side fans suck cool air into the case and your back/top fans exhaust (suck out) hot air from the case.
I have setup my pc in various rooms around the house. It is currently in the lounge which has good airflow and is a little on the cool side (right now, CPU: 39C & GPU: 47C). Will check the fans tonight.
Front and side fans working ok. Installed Riva Tuner and increased fan speed on GPU (now running at 80%). Temps are down to 37-40C. Still performance still slows and pc needs a restart before working ok.
When you start "normally" and the freezing occurs, how are you temps then?
What you are describing are typical symptoms of a heat or power issue, but the restart procedure you came up with to by-pass the issue is certainly a "head scratcher".
Since you did a clean install, it must be a hardware issue, because the problem came back. While your idle temps were a little high, they weren't terrible. After some adjustments and verification of air flow, you have some improvements. This is a good thing.
Are you using Nvidia provided drivers or are you letting Windows 7 find and install your video card drivers?
55C is not that high. Look at your mobo manual, it should designate the primary PCI-E slot for the GPU. That is the one you should use. BTW, do you have access to another GPU to swap for troubleshooting? Last, is your BIOS up to date?