I have been playing Rome and Medieval 2 Total War quite a lot lately, and have modded them both. These mods make them more graphically intense, but I never had a problem until a couple of days ago. When I move over a heavily populated part of the map or if I am in a large battle that confers a slight lag, a random ticking noise occurs. I know this is not the hard drive because when I open up my pc and listen the sound comes from around the graphics and cpu area. My hard drive is far in the front, so I know it cannot be from the hard drive itself. What could this be?
Intel i3 2120
8GB G.Skill DDR3 1333MHz
EVGA GTX 550 ti FPB (On factory speeds)
1TB WD Caviar Black SATA 3
All running on a 485 watt psu. This power should be adequate enough, although I admit it is of a cheaper brand. (hec Compucase)
I have also been getting random BSOD's, but I have attributed it to the horrible drivers NVIDIA currently has. They do not happen often. They usually only happen while playing older games, and I also get the pink screen when watching Youtube. Maybe this has caused something to go wrong with the card itself?
Nvidia drivers are generally way better than AMD ones. What file causes BSODS?
They usually are, yes. Lately they have been causing what people call a Pink Screen of Death, where the system completely locks up with random pink artifacts all over the screen. The only way to recover from it is a cold boot.
When I posted on Seven Forums, they told me it was a driver issue and to uninstall all drivers and then reinstall them. I did this but now this random ticking sound arises, and it worries me.
Here is what always shows up after I recover from a bsod.
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.768.3
Locale ID: 1033
Additional information about the problem:
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Files that help describe the problem:
I used to get BSODs on a regular basis with my GTX570 because I had a weak PSU that could only provide 350W at best under peak load, even though it *was* a 660W PSU. Bought a 700w PSU and all was good again