The first issue is that it will occasionally freeze up and I can't pinpoint a source, sometimes I can walk away from it on idle and come back to it frozen. It happens frequently with this PC--once a day, at least. I looked around and found 2 possible reasons: either the RAM is faulty which I tested with Windows Memory Diagnostic which gave me no errors after 5 passes (I know it's not the best but I don't really have any blank CDs lying around to use memtest) or the memory controller is damaged and I'm not sure if WMD checks that. I'm a bit skeptical to say this is definitive, but the main cause seems to be whenever a lot is being written to the main HDD. Are there other possibilities I'm not aware of?
The second problem occurs when my CPU goes over 50% load. All sound becomes incredibly choppy and video usually follows suit but not always. Admittedly I am using integrated sound, but this is not something I've had a problem with until probably 2 or 3 months ago and I still have a separate card for graphics so I'm unsure if the issue is with the CPU, the motherboard or a bit of everything.
My goal is to prioritize my purchases so that I can potentially fix the issues as soon as possible so that the transition is more bearable. As of now, none of my options are locked except the AMD Phenom X6 1090T so I'm open to suggestions. Any insight on what to replace/add first?
MS Windows 7 32-bit
AMD Phenom II X3 720
Heka 45nm Technology
4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 535MHz (7-7-7-16)
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-MA790XT-UD4P (Socket M2)
ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
625GB Western Digital WDC WD6401AALS-00J7B1 ATA Device (SATA)
977GB Western Digital WDC WD10EADS-00L5B1 ATA Device (SATA)
ATAPI DVD A DH24AAL ATA Device
MVEH 2301URG SCSI CdRom Device
Realtek High Definition Audio
Edited by Shawn_M, 25 June 2011 - 02:43 PM.