Thanks for the reply Louis.
no stop messages in event viewer...
I'm running Core Temp and it is telling giving me the following temperatures on average when running no other programs:
core #0: 75 C
core #1: 70 C
core #2: 73 C
core #3: 70 C
HOWEVER, when I run Cubase SX3 and Reason 4 simultaneously (necessary for my production) the temperatures spike and seem to go over 100 C until I get what looks like erroneous readings:
core #0: -19 C (!)(?)
core #1: -23 C (!)(?)
core #2: -19 C (!)(?)
core #3: -23 C (!)(?)
I'm assuming thats not supposed to happen...
I'm running memtest now to see if that helps with anything. I will then do the hard drive diagnostic.
a bit of info about my case/fans:
I have this case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811144055
its listed as a "server" case because its so large, (18.6" x 8" x 20.5")
I have two 80mm fans. one at the bottom side sucking air in, and one at the top pushing air out. The air coming out the top seems pretty cool to me. Could my heatsink be the issue? It is functioning and the air its blowing out seems like a normal temperature.