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PC CRASHES OR GAMES CRASH/FREEZE WHEN PLAYING GAMES!!! PLEASE HELP!!!

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December 20, 2012 11:12:44 PM

Okay. So my friend decided to show me what pc gaming was like and the very second I played with the mouse and keyboard, I knew what I wanted. I built my very first (budget) gaming pc about a week or two ago.

The problem I'm having is that when I play games such as Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Team Fortress 2, Blacklight Retribution, all of the Call of Duties, and even Minecraft, my computer gets the BSOD with various errors. If it doesn't crash, the game will freeze or even crash. I also have been getting a ton of "windows manager has stopped working" errors and it closes all of my windows. The only time the computer seems to crash is when there is a load. So I have reason to believe this is being caused by the PSU. Please let me know what you guys think. I Don't want to spend $45 just for my repair shop to put the PC on their bench #and they won't be able to even open it up for almost a week.#

I've heard a few things. It could be my RAM, my PSU, or a bent pin on my CPU. The last option stated #bent pin# is not a possibility because I have checked and they're all "straight as a pin" ;)  haha.

PC Specs:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz
GPU: EVGA GeForce 550ti 1gb
MOBO:ASUS M4A88T-M
RAM: 8gb G-Skill Ripjaw DDR3
PSU: CX600 600w ATX12v
HDD: Western Digital Blue 750gb 7200rpm
Case: AzzA Salano 1000


Thanks everyone for your time. I would just like to get it right since I am pretty new at building PC's.
December 21, 2012 12:02:43 AM

does your motherboard have onboard video? try using that if you have it to check for a bad GPU
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December 21, 2012 12:19:21 AM

I know for a fact that it isn't my GPU because we tried it in my friend's pc to see if that's what was causing it, and sure enough, it wasn't :/ 
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December 21, 2012 12:24:56 AM

have you tried using 1 stick of ram at a time?
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December 21, 2012 10:40:20 PM

Sorry for the delayed reply. No I haven't taken the time to check each stick individually. I honestly had a hard time trying to get it to seat right before the first startup of my pc.
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