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Constant freezing of my old home-built computer... Help Please?

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March 11, 2012 5:56:36 AM

Hey Guys!

I've been having some trouble with my computer, it was built by my dad back in 2007 for my mom, but she got a new smaller computer so she gave it to me, I added 2Gb of RAM (now making it 3Gb), and a videocard (Palit GTX 550 ti)... Now my problem is that ever since I started playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare, it would suddenly freeze, and the speakers would buzz... Can anyone help me?

Specs: EPoX EP-MGF6100-M (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Geil DDR2 1Gb
Kingston DDr2 2Gb
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 250Gb
Palit GTX 550 ti (I know it's bottlenecked, but it still works great)
DeepCool Beta 400ST (CPU cooling)
480W-500W PSU
March 11, 2012 6:03:48 AM

First thing I would do is replace the video card drivers with the last driver that is WHQL. Check also if there are any updates/patches for the game and if so install them.

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March 11, 2012 6:09:28 AM

What brand and model # is the PSU?
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March 11, 2012 8:43:57 AM

kamikazee005 said:
Hey Guys!

I've been having some trouble with my computer, it was built by my dad back in 2007 for my mom, but she got a new smaller computer so she gave it to me, I added 2Gb of RAM (now making it 3Gb), and a videocard (Palit GTX 550 ti)... Now my problem is that ever since I started playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare, it would suddenly freeze, and the speakers would buzz... Can anyone help me?

Specs: EPoX EP-MGF6100-M (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
Geil DDR2 1Gb
Kingston DDr2 2Gb
Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 250Gb
Palit GTX 550 ti (I know it's bottlenecked, but it still works great)
DeepCool Beta 400ST (CPU cooling)
480W-500W PSU

I'm not all that familiar with your mobo but I'd try moving my ram around. I'd put the "fastest" ram in say slot A1 and the slower one in slot A2 (assuming you have only 2 sticks). You really didn't give us much info on your ram so I have to guess. DDR2 can be anything from DDR2-400 to DDR2-1066. If your "new" ram is DDR2-1066, for example, you want that accessed first. Your board is only showing support for DDR2-800 but the faster ram would work but in the wrong slot could cause a bottleneck also.
Hope some of this makes sense to you. Good Luck. :) 
March 11, 2012 8:56:25 AM

Gonna bet its the PSU since its listed as a 480w-500w PSU.
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March 11, 2012 9:17:01 AM

vrumor said:
Gonna bet its the PSU since its listed as a 480w-500w PSU.

You could be right. That card is a "beast" when it comes to using up the watts! :ouch: 

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March 11, 2012 10:34:05 AM
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Beast or not, if its a garbage PSU which im betting it is since it wasnt named, its a good place to start. :) 
March 11, 2012 11:05:58 AM

Get yourself a new PSU!
March 12, 2012 9:55:34 AM

Thanks for the replies... Thats what I've been thinking, my PSU is garbage, but I've been thinking of upgrading to a corsair gs800... Just wanted to get your opinions... Thanks :) 
March 12, 2012 4:54:46 PM

Dont go overboard man. Can get a nice 450w PSU from XFX, Corsair, Seasonic or Antec and be goo to go.
March 13, 2012 3:23:41 AM

Best answer selected by kamikazee005.
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