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The hardware or the software?


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Dec 19, 2012
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I've recently built my first computer system and when it works, it works great. It's supposed to be for light gaming until I can afford a decent graphics card.

I've run into a few problems however.
- random BSODs while performing some task
- game will randomly crash to desktop

I had the following problems prior to reinstalling Windows. I am not sure if they have gone away with the reinstall:
- graphical glitch while watching youtube, computer will freeze and restart.
- installers of any sort will fail to complete. They will encounter some error and crash.
- Windows Update will successfully download software, but will run into some error while installing (I had the hunch that with every update I ran, the more frequent system errors occurred)
- graphical glitch in game accompanied by audio glitch. Eventual game crash.
- many random BSODs

I have checked to see that all cords and extensions are firmly in place. I have updated graphics and motherboard components using the cd that came with it as well as from the manufacturer's website. I have run a test on the harddrive. I have run memtest for 10 hours. I have reinstalled windows twice. Anyone able to deduce what the issue is for me?

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Motherboard: ECS A960M-M2
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE
GPU: ATI Radeon HD 3000
RAM: Patriot Memory DDR3 (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz
Hard Drive: IDE 250GB
PSU: Rosewill 500W ATX12V

Other Notable Details:
- Prior to buying, I confirmed that the ram I wanted to use was compatible with the motherboard. The cpu as well. However, I read something about the cpu I'm using preferring 1333 MHz RAM?
- I am using an HDMI cable to channel video and audio to an HDTV serving as a monitor. Quality is great, but I read on forums that the HDMI connection might be a problem?
Mar 23, 2012
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System Name Games/internet/usage - Server - backup - HTPC
Processor I7 5820k - AMD A8-5600K BE - I7 920 - A8-7600
Motherboard ASUS X99-A2 - Gigabyte GA-F2A85X-UP4 - MSI x58 pro-e - Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI
Cooling custom water loop for cpu and gpus - Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme r.2 - Noctua NH-U12P SE1366
Memory 16GiB Crucial Ballistix Sport 2666 MHz - 8GiB 1600MHz - 12 GiB corsair thing - 8GB 1866MHz
Video Card(s) 2x Radeon R9 290X CF - HD 7560D - 2x Radeon HD6950 CF - A8 -7600
Storage Samsung XP941 500 GB - 60 GB SSD + 6 x HDD 4 TB in RAID 6 - 4 SSD and 2 HDD - 250 GB SSD
Display(s) Dell 3008WFP - Remote desktop - the Dell when in use - 55" TV screen
Case Caselabs Magnum M8 - Fractal Design Define R4 - Nanoxia DS 1 - Antec ISK 110 VESA
Audio Device(s) Toslink -> Shiit Modi 2 Uber -> Matrix m-stage -> HD650 - none - as main - HDMI out -> 5.1 system
Power Supply beQuiet dark power pro 1200W- corsair RM750x - Corsair AX850 - Antec 90 W pico power
Mouse Roccat tyon - remote desktop - Roccat tyon when in use - Logitech K830
Keyboard Corsair K95 RGB - remote desktop - Corsair K95 RGB when in use - Logitech K830
Software Win 10 Pro - Win server 2012 essentials - Win 7 Pro - Win 10 Pro
Benchmark Scores Not high enough
there is a chance the dumps get saved, in that case you could try BlueScreenView and find the error codes.
Sep 25, 2012
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Jacksonhole Florida
Processor i7-4790K@4.6 GHz
Motherboard Asus Z97-Deluxe
Cooling Corsair H110 (2 x 140mm)(3 x 140mm case fans)
Memory 16GB Adata XPG V2 2400MHz
Video Card(s) EVGA 780 Ti Classified
Storage Intel 750 Series 400GB (AIC), Plextor M6e 256GB (M.2), 13 TB storage
Display(s) Crossover 27QW (27"@ 2560x1440)
Case Corsair Obsidian 750D Airflow
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC1150
Power Supply Cooler Master V1000
Mouse Ttsports Talon Blu
Keyboard Logitech G510
Software Windows 10 Pro x64 version 1709
Benchmark Scores Passmark CPU score = 13080
Sounds like the hard drive is beginning to fail. Run some tests on your boot drive such as AIDA64, AS SSD, Anvil Drive benchmark, HDDHealth, etc. Something will probably show up. You will be able to see the temperature of the drive and see if it is too slow or has errors.