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New computer build crashing

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January 27, 2013 7:15:11 PM

I have recently purchased all new components to build a computer for home use. Mostly internet and mild gaming.

AMD FX6100
ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0
2x4GB 1600mhz Ram Patriot
XFX Radeon HD 7770 Core edition
Corsair CX600 PSU
Samsung DVD-RW drive

Carry over 1TB SATA HD

I have started with a clean slate and reinstalled Win 7, and also all the drivers to go with the new components.
The issue is the system crashes/freezes when playing games(under load), and recently while I surfing the web trying to research the problem.
I have run a memtest and it passed. I also tried running just one stick of ram at a time, still crashed.
I have noticed the northbridge gets extremely hot.

Any thoughts are appreciated.

a c 555 V Motherboard
January 27, 2013 8:00:53 PM

Hi, My guess is that it's a VGA driver issue. Have you installed the ATI driver on the card's DVD or the latest one on the AMD site?
Regarding the temperature:
Try also installing HWMonitor for monitoring the temperatures under load.
January 27, 2013 8:12:01 PM

I have tried drivers from both. I guess that was one of my initial thoughts as well. I will install HWMonitor to check out the temps. Maybe it seems hot, but is within spec. Thanks
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a c 555 V Motherboard
January 27, 2013 8:13:14 PM

What's the board's BIOS version?
January 28, 2013 2:45:02 AM

BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 1401, 12/12/2012

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a c 555 V Motherboard
January 28, 2013 3:58:41 AM

Try reinstalling Windows, run Windows update and don't install the VGA driver or other ASUS applications. Only the necessary drivers (audio and LAN). Run it like this for a while and see if still the same.
January 28, 2013 5:07:30 PM

I'll try reinstalling Windows tonight and see where that gets me. I'm running another memtest today just to double check. Thanks for the help.
January 31, 2013 3:56:14 PM

After reinstalling windows, and installing just the LAN and Sound drivers. The problem crashing continued. However with a new twist, on-board sound would not work. I decided to return the defective Mobo. I'm going to get a different Mobo with the 970 chipset.
February 9, 2013 11:24:10 PM

Best answer selected by high_voltage85.