About 2 months back I built a PC (done a lot in the past) and this is the only one I've been having issues with!
The issues started maybe a week or so after I first built the computer. The computer would randomly freeze (screen frozen, mouse cursor couldn't be moved) and I would have to force a restart. The problem originally predominantly occurred while under heavy load from games, and the last second or so of the sound from the game would play repeatedly on a loop.
These issues became more frequent with time and I went and re installed Windows about twice within a week, thinking that there was something wrong with the OS (the re-installs didn't help). The problem then started getting worse, and was becoming more frequent (1-2 times every couple of hours if I was doing anything intensive) and I started getting freezes while browsing the internet, movies, music, even on Standby!
I went and ran tests on my CPU, Hard Drive and Graphics Card, but temps were pretty average and there were no issues that I could see. So last week I took everything out of the case and reinstalled it. And after that everything was fine (so I thought) until the day before yesterday. That then left me with 3 culprits: mobo, RAM or the PSU. I did think of the PSU, but it's from a respectable brand, and it's definitely powerful enough for my build. So that left 2 -- mobo and PSU.
Yesterday I went and tried a program I downloaded to test my RAM, I left my room for literally 30 seconds, I came back to a BSOD and had to force a restart.
Is it the RAM, or is it something else? I'm pretty frustrated as the problem won't go away!! Of all the freezes I've had over the last 2 or so months, about 10 of them have given me BSODs, and they've all been hardware related. Any help would be appreciated.
my graphics card is a GTX 560Ti. I'm running latest drivers and haven't ever got any messages about a display driver not working.
I can't remember the name of the program, but I'll give memtest86 a try.