I recently built my first computer, intended to be a high-end gaming PC. The problem is, it's crashing constantly. Being as this is my first build, I've found myself over my head trying to figure out what is going on.
There seem to be two patterns to how my computer is crashing:
The first type of crash seems to happen exclusively when I am browsing the internet. I can play graphically taxing games like Wolfenstein or Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition with visuals maxed out for hours on end without problems, but farting around online my computer crashes every few minutes. The screen goes blank but does not power down and the computer stops responding to input, but the fans on the processor/GPUs keep running. This problem occurs in multiple browsers (I tested IE and Firefox).
The second pattern is... more ominous? Once I got everything hooked up, my computer crashed with the signs of GPU failure. Specifically, the screen would become distorted with purple and white stripes like someone dropped an Iphone before crashing completely. Sometimes Windows would manage to generate an error report before the computer was done crashing, sometimes not. I recently updated all of my Video Card drivers, and this specific problem has only recurred once since then. I think it might be resolved, but I obviously don't really know what I'm talking about. Any advice here would also be appreciated.
Intel Core i7 4790K 4.0 GHz
2x crossfired Radeon R9 290X DirectCU II OC
MSI Z97-G45 Gaming Motherboard
2x 4GB Crucial Ballistix 1600mhz RAM
2TB WD Black @ 7200 RPM
Crucial M500 2.5 inch SSD 240 GB
HP dvd1265i 24X Multiformat DVD/CD Writer
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Dell S2415H Monitor
I have a 30GB partition on my SSD on which I store my OS; The rest of the drive is reserved for games with longer load times (I'm looking at you, Path of Exile). Everything else goes on the HDD.
If you need any more information, I'd be happy to oblige.