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BSOD when playing games help! Newbie here

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July 22, 2012 6:22:58 PM

Hey, so after finally getting through building my new PC, I can't seem to run any games for longer than 30 minutes as I get a BSOD as in the image

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Not sure if this is relevant but the games that have done this is Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Far Cry 2 through Steam within about 30 mins. Guild Wars 2 (not through Steam) hasn't given me the BSOD although that may be because I've been playing it in short bouts.
July 22, 2012 6:29:01 PM

Full specs, please.
Have you overclocked anything?
Check your temperatures in-game, though high temps don't generally cause BSODs. Use MSI Afterburner or EVGA Precision for the GPU (Precision's for Nvidia) and Realtemp or HWMonitor for the CPU.
July 22, 2012 6:30:20 PM

Your question needs more information to be properly diagnosed. Your question as written is like saying your car's check engine light is on and showing a picture of the light without describing what kind of car it is. A BSOD Stop 124 error is a generic error message that could be many things. I would start with updating your video and sound card drivers if this happens mostly when playing games.
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July 22, 2012 7:21:15 PM

Sorry about that, I completely forgot to put my specs up!
I haven't overclocked - specs are:
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64
650W Corsair Enthusiast Series 9020
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO,
Pioneer DVR-S19LBK 24x DVD±R, 12x
8GB (2x4GB) Corsair DDR3 Vengeance
Intel Core i5 3570K,1155, Ivy Bridge
2GB Gigabyte GTX 670 Windforce 3X,
Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H, Intel Z77,
Caviar Blue 500gb Hard drive
July 22, 2012 7:22:20 PM

I updated my drivers once my PC was installed, yet how can I check I did this correctly/have the latest drivers?
July 22, 2012 7:54:34 PM

GPU temp in Battlefield Bad Company 2 goes up to about 66C and CPU maximum around 52C, I checked this just before I got the BSOD again

July 23, 2012 4:14:23 AM

Those temperatures are fine, so my next guess is going to be RAM. Download Memtest, which you can get at It and other memory testing programs must be burned to a CD which you boot from, like an OS, to run tests.
Before you do that, though, you may be able to find a RAM problem simply by playing games with one stick installed at a time. How reliably do you BSOD? I know you said you "can't seem to play longer than half an hour," but does it really die every single time? Does it always take a significant amount of play time, or does it ever crash quickly? Is it always in a game, or does it ever go down during normal desktop use?