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EVERY single game crashes after 20 minutes (Specs listed)

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May 27, 2012 11:42:15 PM

Every game I have been playing lately, whether it be from Steam or a CD, crashes (usually during a loading screen) about 20 minutes into every game. It is getting really annoying.

I checked the Event viewer and it isn't showing any errors when the game crashes. No dialog box pops up or anything when games crash.

i5-2500k 4.5Ghz
EVGA GTX570 (latest WHQL driver installed)
8GB Corsair RAM
TX750 PSU
Asus P8P67 Pro mobo
Win7 64 bit (Windows update all up-to-date)

Help please!
a b $ Windows 7
May 28, 2012 12:00:25 AM

Hi :) 

Got to be a temperature problem as its 20 minutes in all games...check your cpu and g,card temps...

All the best Brett :) 
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a b $ Windows 7
May 28, 2012 12:00:30 AM

check that the fans on the gpu and cpu are working. make sure the mb bios is up todate and then download hardware monitor ans see that your mb and gpu temps are fine. also check that the ps voltage on the 12v leg is holding. try using a drive cleaner and roll back to the 295x driver there more stable then the 301 drivers.
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May 28, 2012 12:00:51 AM

I'd swap out your PSU. Might be taking a bit to much power due to your PSU being bad. I've had this same exact issue before. My PSU turned out to be the problem.
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May 28, 2012 12:02:58 AM

Thanks for all the responses!

Brett- I have logs of all my temps, max on any game for my CPU is 71C and GPU max is 84C.

Smorizio- How do I check the 12v leg? And I'll report back once I test the 295 drivers.
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May 28, 2012 12:03:33 AM

Jukebox- How can I tell if it is roasted or not?
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May 28, 2012 1:10:35 AM

blab8811
Your temps are way to high, my cpu is maxed out at 47c while my gpu is running at 49c and this is after 3 hours of Crysis2. Better check your cooling for all item including case fans.
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May 28, 2012 1:17:51 AM

knightdog56 said:
blab8811
Your temps are way to high, my cpu is maxed out at 47c while my gpu is running at 49c and this is after 3 hours of Crysis2. Better check your cooling for all item including case fans.

No. 71c is well within the thermal limits of the 2500k, and overclocked to 4.5 GHz temps in the low 70s aren't uncommon.

It's not a great place to be, but it's not nearly hot enough to be causing crashes.
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May 28, 2012 2:59:41 AM

Not sure if this has anything to do with it, but in the last month or so there is a slight whine/vibration coming from my PC that fades in and out every 10 minutes... Have checked all fans and HDs... Might this be my PSU?
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a b $ Windows 7
May 28, 2012 3:42:56 AM

a long paper tube to the ear will help find out if it a cap wine in the ps or a fan.
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May 28, 2012 3:53:03 AM

The noise goes away when i hit the case... lol

But it comes back after a few minutes
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May 28, 2012 6:56:26 AM

That's probably a fan, then.
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May 28, 2012 4:13:32 PM

But could it be a fan in the PSU?
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a b $ Windows 7
May 28, 2012 5:02:26 PM

blab8811 said:
Every game I have been playing lately, whether it be from Steam or a CD, crashes (usually during a loading screen) about 20 minutes into every game. It is getting really annoying.

I checked the Event viewer and it isn't showing any errors when the game crashes. No dialog box pops up or anything when games crash.

i5-2500k 4.5Ghz
EVGA GTX570 (latest WHQL driver installed)
8GB Corsair RAM
TX750 PSU
Asus P8P67 Pro mobo
Win7 64 bit (Windows update all up-to-date)

Help please!


You need a case with plenty of open ventilation*, fans and recommend a large cooler such as coolermaster...
BUT probably another bad asus motherboard.
In the case that you already have airflow, and a good CPU cooler, it's probably a defective chipset, again on the motherboard.

BUT what happens if you OPEN the side of the case, and test it with the added airflow? Does the air stop it from crashing?

You can go into the bios set up and turn OFF the " Cool and Quiet" which typically starves the CPU for voltage...
You can go into the windows set up and select "performance mode" or make sure that the computer is not set to "minimum performance."
But typically you are describing the symptoms of a defective asus board.
Recommend Gigabyte or Intel...

* most computer cases have terrible ventilation. The "holes" for the fans block the air flow, also filters block the flow "a LOT"...
recommend you invest in "at least" a cheap "high performance" computer case, with plenty of "wide open" fan grills and fan slots...
Larger fans, running at slower speed, in a properly designed fan slot / grill -- will produce quieter and greatly increased ventilation. An aftermarket CPU cooler will also make a huge difference. You will be surprised to see the temps drop 20-30 degrees. (if the heat has not already destroyed the components)
Silver CPU heat sink grease will also increase the speed of dissipation greatly. but don't get that stuff on the CPU pins, it's conductive.

One example of a cheap, good case is: antec 300
http://www.costcaptain.com /mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code =C&Product_Code=TDX_27779 I&gclid=CMHr-rC-o7ACFQZ5hwodFw5fWg
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May 28, 2012 8:26:24 PM

Thanks for the reply, I don't think it is a temp problem though, I have a CM Storm Enforcer with a 200mm intake and 2x120mm exhaust fans. Plus a Hyper 212+ Cooler. I tweaked some stuff on Speedfan and MSI afterburner and got my idle temps to

CPU: 34C
GPU: 44C

Also checked all the HD temps and mobo temps, everything is under 35C.

"BUT what happens if you OPEN the side of the case, and test it with the added airflow? Does the air stop it from crashing?"

- No it still crashes. Only thing that changes is all temps go down a few degrees Celsius.

I also just cleaned out all the dust filters and checked to see if the PSU fan is working. Everything seems fine.
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May 28, 2012 8:28:04 PM

Also, here are my voltages via the BIOS

Cpu: 1.164v
3.3v: 3.376v
5v: 5.040v
12v: 12.096v
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a b $ Windows 7
May 31, 2012 4:20:01 AM

try running prime95 it stress just the cpu..if it locks up..it could be cpu or ram..memtest for ram.. then a gpu burn in.
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a b $ Windows 7
May 31, 2012 2:56:36 PM

...why hasn't anyone asked for the BSOD STOP code yet? Thats the FIRST thing that should be obtained.

Based on the fact this occurs in EVERY game, and happens most frequently during a loading screen, I'd suspect RAM. Run memtest86/Prime95 [Blend test] to validate the memory subsystem.
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June 8, 2012 1:18:51 AM

I benchmarked the CPU, RAM, and GPU. All seem fine.

What do
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September 22, 2012 4:07:21 PM

did anyone find a solution to blab8811s' problem?....i think i might have the same thing!:/
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