Intel i5-750 processor
4GB Corsair DDR3-1333 ram
ASRock P55 Pro motherboard
Antec 650 watt power supply
Seagate 1.5TB HD
Palin GeForce GT 240 Sonic edition (1GB 128 bit GDDR5) video card
Win 7 Pro OEM copy
The system runs like a champ... until I play video games. I'm tying to play two different games: Oblivion and Left 4 Dead. If I run these at anything but the lowest video settings, I cause Windows to crash. This is the BSOD error:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.48
Locale ID: 1033
Additional information about the problem:
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Windows tries to search for a solution after it reboots, but it never actually finds one. Infuriating.
I have installed the latest video card drivers from NVIDIA. I have tried older versions of the drivers. I have run utilities to wipe the drivers and do clean installs. I have run the bios utility sent to me by Palit. The case is well-ventilated with extra fans. Temperatures are within acceptable limits. Guess what? The computer still crashes during gameplay, sometimes after just a few minutes.
One of the posters from the above forum suggested that he was rolling back to Win 7 32 bit. I tried to do this last night in hopes that the drivers for 32 bit are more stable, but clearly I need help. I reformatted C: and then did a Custom Install of Win 7, but it never prompted me for 32 or 64 bit like it did on the initial install.
How do I do a truly clean/fresh install like I did when the machine was brand new?
The GT 240 uses power from the PCIE itself, since it's not connected to the PSU directly I really doubt that it's a PSU issue. When you are playing games it causes the GPU to work harder (rendering 3D images), so the fact that your BSOD only happens in games means that it's a GPU issue, no doubt. Whether it's caused by bad drivers or the card itself is the question. If possible I'd contact the vendor and see if you can RMA the card.
the GT240 is a fair card ,but playing two games at same time ...,you should cantact the vendor or nvidia for support . anyway you have a great system except for your card ,get something to push it to its limit .