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Completely Freezes while Gaming

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December 14, 2012 2:45:18 PM

I just got this new kit. Put it together very carefully exactly the way instructions said to. I can browse the internet for hours and its fine. i play counter strike is fine... when i play SC2 or COD sometimes i can play for 20 mins or 30 minutes but out of no where computer will FREEZE, lock up completely... no warning, no ctl alt dlt. while i am playing the game is perfect... I reinstalled my games, i reinstalled my drivers... i run windows 7 64 bit.

I am about ready to return this since i have only had it for about 2 weeks... I what could be done? any thoughts?


1 A455-9701 ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 AM3+ Motherboard - ATX, Socket AM3+, AMD 970 Chipset, AMD FX, 2133MHz DDR3 (O.C.), SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, CrossFireX Ready PCI-Express - 2.0


1 A79-8351 AMD FD6300WMHkBOX FX-6300 Six-Core 3.5GHz AM3+ Processor - AM3+, Six-Core, 3.5GHz, 14MB, 95W,

2x 1 C13-1005 Corsair CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 XMS3 4GB DDR3 RAM - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB
MPN: CMX4GX3M1A1333C9 $22.96 $22.96

1 TSD-2000AS4 Seagate Barracuda ST2000DM001 2TB Serial ATA Hard Drive - 2TB, 7200RPM, 64MB, SATA 6Gb/s
MPN: ST2000DM001

1 P450-6576 XFX Radeon HD 6570 HD657XZDF2 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR3, PCI-Express 2.1, 1x Dual-link DVI-I, 1x VGA, 1x HDMI, DirectX 11, CrossfireX

1 T925-3014 Thermaltake W0388RU TR2 Series Power Supply - 600 Watts, ATX
a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2012 3:18:46 PM

okay if your computer locks up only while gaming it has to do something with overheating.
download and run prime 95 to stress test the cpu and get core temp to view the processor temperature
for stress testing the video card you can download furmark. it will run a hairy donut ony our screen and show you a graph of your gpu temps

tell us what your idle and load temps are meaning run prime95 for at least 30 mins to see how hot the cpu will get, same with the video card
December 14, 2012 3:34:08 PM

When i restart the computer after a freeze i can check my temps on my bios and all are like 89 usually, also if it was heating up after a restart i would imagine i could not be able to play again until it cools down... so after i restart sometimes i will be able to play longer then before the crash@_@ !!! this was a barebones kit and is brand new it should not be heating up like this... does this sound like more of a CPU prob as oppossed to graphics carD?
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a b U Graphics card
December 14, 2012 3:45:44 PM

89c idle? it sounds like your processor is overheating and its shutting the system down to save itself
purchase thermal paste and re apply it.
let the mashine sit for an hour to cool down and disconnect power, remove the heatsink, remove the old thermal paste from your processor and the heatsink, re apply new paste to the processor and attach the heatsink back in. as to how to apply thermal paste everyone does it a little bit different, there are good youtube videos on how to apply it
December 14, 2012 4:14:33 PM

Thank you I will give it a try!
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