I finished building my new gaming PC about 4 days ago. I thought all was well until the screen froze. I tried to crtl-alt-delete but to no avail. Every time the computer freezes it requires a hard reset from the switch or power button on the front of the PC. It freezes about every 10-15 minutes after reboot. When in a game, the image will freeze on screen, I will get a loud quick oscillating buzz for about 5 seconds which proceeds to cut off leaving only the frozen image and a needed reboot.
Kingston HyprBlu DDR3 (2x4 8GB) RAM
MSI 970A-G43 Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE CPU
AMD Sapphire Radeon R9 270x
Kingston 120GB SSD
Seagate 1TB HDD
Corsair 500W PSU
Windows 8.1 64 bit OS
Programs I am using to try and resolve the problem:
- CCleaner to clear all registry errors etc. I still get some that come up, not sure what they are.
- SlimDrivers to scan and update all my drivers
- AVG and Malwarebytes to scan and clean
- CPU Z to monitor...well...everything
- MSI Afterburner for monitoring purposes as well
- Memtest for RAM testing
- Heaven 4.0 Benchmarking tool (benchmarking purposes only)
Steps I have taken:
- I have used all the programs as mentioned above
- MSI Afterburner to boost GPU fan speed to prevent overheating
- Cleared all registry files multiple times
- Scanned and cleared all potential threats
- Updated all drivers to the newest version.
- Changed RAM voltage from AUTO to 1.652v in BIOS
- Changed RAM Frequency from 800MHz to 1600MHz in BIOs (not sure why it was at 800 to begin with)
- Ran RAM through Memtest for about 5 hours, no errors
- Installed 3 extra 120mm case fans to prevent overheating
- Installed Aftermarket heat sink fan
- Added sufficient thermal paste.
Everything in this system is new except for the motherboard and cpu which were as far as I know very lightly used to almost not at all. I found it interesting that I left the PC on all night to install Guild Wars 2 and it did not freeze at all, but anytime I play a game it will after about 5 minutes. I am playing on high graphics settings but my set up should easily be able to handle this. I'm almost positive that nothing is overheating. I wiped my drives and reinstalled Windows and all driivers again to ensure correct installation...still froze. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I've dropped a lot of cash into this rig just to have to reboot it every few minutes.