To go more in depth, this problem started around 2 months ago. My computer would randomly hang (the audio goes BRRRR, then plays in slow motion, mouse and keyboard will become unresponsive, however, if Windows is loading something, the spinning wheel will continue to spin at normal speed), but it seemed to correct itself. This would only happen while watching Flash videos, or playing any sort of game (DirectX, Java, etc.). It would lose network connection, but eventually return to being fully responsive. Over the past few weeks, it seems that the problem has gotten worse. Sometimes after the hang, it will BlueScreen, and it doesn't give me much information to go on (I got a snapshot of it with my phone). The crash dump would not complete (I've waited for an hour before), so I'd be forced to shut down manually (holding the power button in). Recently, it was able to finish the dump, and I was able to one. The problem is that now it seems to happen regularly, and not just in games, it's random now. I have many dump files, but I don't know how to upload them, but I'll be more than happy to upload the dump files, and the snapshot.
What do I suspect:
At first I thought it was my CPU, but partially ruled that out after running Prime95 stable for 32 hours, and doing an 18 hour 3D render.
I though it was my video card and/or its respective drivers, but ruled that out after upgrading card to a completely new card, with a new architecture, and multiple drivers.
I have suspicion that it could be my Hard Drive, but after installing Windows on a new SSD, it still had this issue. I have other storage drives in RAID 0, but the problem existed before I added the drives. There is a semi-stable drive in my system that at times fails, causing Intel RST to hold the system up for a few seconds.
My PSU has been making an awkward rattling noise, can't figure out if it's power noise or just the fan getting dirty. The rattling has gone after cleaning the dust filter, but I'm not ready to rule out a partially faulty PSU.
My last suspicion is the motherboard. When I built my system, I used the wrong screw to hold my motherboard in place, and shaved away the metal contacts around the hole (not my main suspicion, but I thought I'd mention it). I was considering the on-board audio to be the problem, but I can't find a way to test that. Could it be static damage?
What I have done:
Updated to the latest drivers for all my devices.
Updated Windows to the latest patch.
All software is up to date.
Re-installing Windows 7, both on my HDD and SSD.
Re-buidling the system.
Tested multiple software versions.
Cleared CMOS, reset BIOS to factory.
Anyway, I know this is a lot, and if someone could tell me how to upload these dump files, I would appreciate that, and any help!
Thanks in advance!