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June 30, 2012 11:35:06 PM

My current PC was my 2nd home build wayyy back in 2007. Since that time I've upgraded the RAM, GPU, PSU, and HDD.

My 5yr old HDD finally died out on me 4 days ago so bought this one. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also purchased Windows 7 and got it installed on the new HDD just last night. The main things I use my PC for is gaming, Windows Movie Maker, and Fraps. I almost exclusively play Dark Age of Camelot; for those of you who aren't familiar with the game it's 10yrs old debuting in 2001. So it's not exactly a strain on my system.

Now to my problem... I've been getting lock ups randomly while either playing DAoC or sometimes just sitting at desktop. My only option being to manually restart. I assumed it was a result of a failing HDD. CrystalDiskInfo showed the HDD as "Bad" and posters here had the same suspicions after I listed all the symptoms. This problem intensified within the last 6 months and eventually resulted in my computer no longer being able to boot and thus my purchase of a new HDD.

Unfortunately I've had my new HDD and OS less than 72 hours and I've already had 2 lockups; one in game and the other just idle on the desktop. I'm at a loss to what can be causing the problem. Is it time to upgrade the 5yr old Mobo and Processor or am I missing something???

Here's a list of all my hardware currently in the system.

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor 2.8GHz Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor ADA5600CZBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-M61P-S3 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: PNY VCG981024GXEB-FLB GeForce 9800 GT Hybrid Power 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-153-...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5DHX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




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June 30, 2012 11:46:33 PM

I dont know much about computers but have you tried the repair options with Windows 7? And im no expert, but I would also try a Memtest to see if there's any faulty sections on the RAM.

Was there any problems to the computer prior to the the first HDD that failed on you? (not the 2 HDD you just bought)

I remember hearing somewhere that a failed HDD can effect the rest of your system, though I don't know that for a fact.

Just throwing out some ideas :) 
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July 1, 2012 12:02:13 AM

Already ran Memtest, CrystalDiskInfo, Repair, Driver Updates etc and no problems were found. No the system had no issues until about 6 months when the first HDD started to fail.
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July 1, 2012 8:54:25 PM

Anyone have advice on what my problem could be?
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July 18, 2012 6:53:27 AM

Close this thread please.
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