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#1 sniperNZSAS


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Posted 20 September 2008 - 10:26 PM

Hi all
I have just had a new system build and it seems every game I play it freezes. Ill play for around 15min and then the entire computer freezes and I have to reset. At 1st I thought my 8800gt might be overheating, but ive installed a case fan which has bought its temperature down a lot. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Im running win XP pro with SP2
Games played are - Project Reality ( Battlefield 2 mod )
World in Conflict
Need For Speed Pro Street
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System specs are:

Abit AX78 Motherboard
AMD Phenom 8450 Tri-Core 2.1GHz
GeForce 8800GT 256MB
2 GB ram


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#2 garmanma


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Posted 21 September 2008 - 09:01 AM

Got to ask the obvious. Did you use thermal compound on the CPU and heatsink? Is the heatsink fan installed correctly, blowing in the right direction? Do you have all of the cables routed and secured for maximum airflow?
Does anything show up in the Event Viewer at about the same time you have this problem?

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 09:10 AM

I would have to agree with Garmanma. Double check and make sure you have thermal paste on the processor, as well as the general layout of the case's airflow. I know the Intel fans can be a pain with the four posts to "pop" in, but you have an AMD. Still check and make sure they are securely snapped in. Also is the computer just freezing or are you receiving a Blue screen as well?

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Posted 21 September 2008 - 10:00 AM

That graphics card requires minimum PSU of 400W @ 26A, does you current PSU meet those requirements?

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#5 sniperNZSAS

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 02:17 AM

Yes the PSU is powerful enough. Yes there is thermal paste on the CPU and the fan is blowing the correct direction, otherwise I would not be writing this now as Im sure a tri core would not last long without either. The CPU temps are fine. The freeze is an entire system freeze, no blue screen at all, I have to manually reset. I'm thinking of a reinstall of windows, but im not sure if its a software problem. Ill check that Event Viewer and get back to ya

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 05:47 AM

Have you been keeping up with Windows Updates and other software updates such as DirectX? I only, ask because you are still running SP2 when SP3 has been out and stable for quite some time.

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