I'm not sure this is the right place as I am a first time poster. I looked around and couldn't find anywhere particular. Sorry if I was wrong.
Let me start off with some hardware specifics:
Mobo: Asus M5A97
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 975
OS: Windows 7 Professional
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 460
RAM: 16 GB SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
PSU: Cheap shitty 500w Dynex
Well recently I have started getting the blue screen of death while gaming. The problem started after I cloned my old hard drive to the new Seagate. I am able to play a game for an hour or so, but suddenly it will either: A) BSoD or B) Popping noise will come through the speakers and my headset and programs will start crashing until I restart.
At first I figured it must be something to do with the new hard drive, as the problem started happening after I cloned to it. I figured something must have gotten messed up along the way, so I reformatting and reinstalled Windows. Unfortunately, that did not solve the problem. The BSoD and "popping" crashes continued. At this point I figured it must be the new HDD, but it continued happening after I reinstalled my old HDD.
When I run Furmark, my GPU gets up to 95+C after a mere 4 minutes of testing at 100%. I turn if off at that point because 95+ is not safe IMO. I'm wondering if this could have something to do with it? I have gone so far as to underclock the card but it still heats up to those levels. I am using an old shitty case and I'm sure that has something to do with it, but almost 20 degrees C over what it's supposed to be running at when in use? I cant buy into that. Could this be causing the crashes?
I found that the RAM I bought is not on the QVL, but it has been working fine up until now, and when I ran Windows diagnostic it came up with no RAM errors.
Off topic: I have also noticed that the LED lights inmy keyboard and mouse flicker a lot when the computer is starting up. Dunno if this means anything?
As somewhat of a computer newbie (compared to the professionals here) I am at a bit of a loss. I'm hoping for some ideas and am willing to post any data requested! Any advice is welcome and will be met with a quick reply!