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February 5, 2013 12:02:42 AM

Hello fellow members of Tom's Hardware,

I have read many other posts relating to this problem, but none match mine exactly. I semi-recently built my first computer about 5 months ago and some minor problems followed. I managed to fix them, but one still persists. When I am playing more demanding games such as Guild Wars 2 and even Smite now, my computer screen freezes completely with a loud buzzing sound coming through the speakers. I have tried many things, even replacing my PSU GPU, and CPU, but the problem still persists. I have updated my video/audio drivers so I'm sure that isn't the problem. After reading some posts, I am inclined to think that its a motherboard related problem, but I'm not sure. I have also switched around the memory sticks and ran Memtest without erros. When I run FurMark (graphical demanding program) it proceeds to freeze after about 10 minutes. The computer also doesn't freeze when I play League of Legends (less demanding game) but when I try to stream LoL, it freezes shortly after. The only thing left is my motherboard, which would be extremely annoying if that was the root of the problem.

My specs:
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
GFX: EVGA 02G-P4-3660-KR GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Mobo: ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
PSU: CORSAIR GS800 800W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
February 5, 2013 12:14:49 AM

Hi :) 

Run a hard drive test in DOS... HIRENS BOOT CD etc, it sounds like a failing hard drive...

All the best Brett :) 
February 5, 2013 12:36:45 AM

That would actually make sense because I'm using my old one from my other computer. I'm not exactly sure what you mean, how do I run this test? (I am stupid)
EDIT: Ok I am now running data lifeguard diagnostic (DLGDIAG) for my hard drive in an extended test, no problems so far.
2nd EDIT: Just ran the extended and quick test and both passed. Does this mean my hard drive isn't the issue?
February 5, 2013 3:33:20 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Run a hard drive test in DOS... HIRENS BOOT CD etc, it sounds like a failing hard drive...

All the best Brett :) 


That would actually make sense because I'm using my old one from my other computer. However, I just ran running data lifeguard diagnostic (DLGDIAG) for my hard drive in an extended test and it passed. Does this mean it isn't a hard drive issue?
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