I've been having a problem when playing games that put a heavy load on my computer, they will run fine for 30 minutes or more, but then freeze.When it happens there's a loud static sound through the speakers, 15 seconds later it will resume, then freeze again and repeat.
If I can manage to close the game and return to the desktop, it continues to be very laggy and crashes some of my USB devices.
So far I have done:
A complete clean re-install of the graphics drivers.
Ran Memtest for 12 hours with no error.
Ran Prime95 for 4 hours with no error.
Looked at my temps while gaming and the GPU and CPU both averaged in the sixties.
Disabled audio drivers that might have been causing conflicts.
This has happened in many games such as Dead Island, Max Payne 3, Far Cry 3, The Sims 3 and Prototype. I have all the games on max or high settings.
Also when I try to enter the BIOS after a few seconds small blue vertical slashes appear at the top of the screen and it freezes and I can't do anything.
I try not to run to many big programs in the background just steam, antivirus and itunes. I get no driver messages though leading up to the crashes event viewer says:
The performance strings in the Performance registry value is corrupted when process Performance extension counter provider. The BaseIndex value from the Performance registry is the first DWORD in the Data section, LastCounter value is the second DWORD in the Data section, and LastHelp value is the third DWORD in the Data section. EVENT ID 3012
The graphics card came factory overclocked and i'll try to download and run furmark today.
The BIOS is updated to the most recent version and i'll try uninstalling all the bloatware that came with the motherboard.
Well without knowing your anti virus its hard to say if its going to slow you down. I would think you would still be okay but again just another thing that can slow you down. I had fraps and afterburner running and it really started to bog me down well afterburner with the OSD. Furmark will only help with artifact testing. Prime95 is a more suited program as its more of a system stability test.
Haven't tested the Hdd and still getting freezes. Sometimes the games will minimize to the desktop and I don't get the freezing issues, but can't get back into game. Would a faulty HDMI cable cause these kinds of crashes?
If you have those sometimes the signals from monitor/GPU can interfere with each other because of bad shielding and cause the crash+noise you are talking about, I had the same problem with a v3 HDMI, I switched to v1.1 and it's been fixed.