Hi everyone, I've had my rig for about 2 years now. Let's start w/ specs
Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 MOBO
AMD Phenom II X4 955
4gb ram DDR3
MSi Hawk R5770
Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB (wd5001aals-00j7b1)
I believe that's it, though I may be missing something..
anyway, my computer, from about a month or two after it was built to the present, has a history of being extremely unstable. when i would game (from extremely demanding games like Skyrim to games that required less power) there would be random stutters and freezes while gaming, making it difficult to game.
lately, my computer has been going even crazier. when playing .avi files, the videos would stutter. programs (ie. chrome) would randomly stop responding out of the blue even when they seemed to be working perfectly just a few seconds ago. my computer even goes as far as to blue-screen when gaming now (usually the message I get from the BSOD is "IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL", i'm not sure if that means anything but i HAVE searched it up).
my computer is also nearly impossible to boot up after it has blue-screened or been turned off. either 3 things happen when i boot it up :
i)boots up fine (but takes an insane amount of time to load)
ii)hangs at 'starting windows' w/ the windows logo
iii)completely ignores the presence of an operating system and goes '... booting to CD..' where a windows recovery disk is placed for safekeeping
iv)hangs at mobo logo (the first screen i get when i turn on my computer)
I have a big suspicion that it has something to do with my harddrive, as i remember before the insane amount of freezing my computer would boot straight to chkdsk nearly every single time i started it up (even though i never asked for it) and when running chkdsk i have had numerous problems (etc. 'this disk is write-protected' or something..) i have also failed the 'SMART' test by western digital lifeguard diagnostics..
this has been bugging me for a long time now and I just want to see my computer diagnosed.. though I think i have answered my own question i would appreciate the input from the bright people present here, all info and instruction is highly valued & thanks for your time
I'm not home so I can't tell you much about the ram+psu, however I assume its a HDD problem cause I've gotten errors before about my hard drive failing. I've also done the extended HDD test and it failed when repairing bad sectors.
Replacing my GPU is one of my priorities this year and my case is a haf922 with cold air blowing out of the case so I dont think it has anything to do with that.