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Recently I've been having problems where my computer will basically lock up, the audio turns to a constant buzzing noise and the monitor says it isn't receiving a signal.

I've updated my GPU drivers and tried turning down settings, but I feel that my computer should easily handle the graphics of some of the games I'm playing (Borderlands, Left4Dead and Team Fortress 2 to name a few).

My CPU temp while playing these games is about 50C and my GPU gets to about mid 60s. I've ran mem tests and nothing is wrong with the RAM.

Was just wondering if anyone could offer any advice or a solution the problem, specs as follow:

AMD Phenom x4 965
4GB RAM
NVIDIA GTX 460

Thanks
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post #2 of 11
What is your overclock? It's usually a stability issue.
post #3 of 11
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I OC'd to 3.7 but in a bid to lower temps and try and increase stability I've gone back to 3.4 which is the stock speed.



GPU/CPU incase anything is wrong there..
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I don't know your chip in particular, but are you running the correct amount of voltage? I know my q66 likes to lock up when it isn't getting volts, same sort of issue you're seeing.
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I'd of thought so, I have the mobo set to do it automatically, could that be the problem?
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post #6 of 11
If the voltage is on auto, it might be giving a way to big amount of voltage or way to low which probably leads to instability. Try to run Prime95 and it will rule out the CPU instability option if it goes through 6+ hours without errors. If it does fail then try to set the voltage by yourself and get it through Prime95 to make sure it is stable.
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post #7 of 11
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I'll run prime95 overnight at auto voltage, the CPU voltage seems to be at 1.344V while at full load, any idea if thats too low/high for the CPU? I can't seem to find min/max voltages for my CPU
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post #8 of 11
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I set the voltage to 1.38V and left Prime95 to run overnight. By the time I got up (Running for about 8~ hours) Prime95 was still running and my computer hadn't bummed out so I assume the tests were successful.

I'll try and play L4D later and see if it still crashes, anyone else have any idea what could be causing the lock ups?
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post #9 of 11
Fill in your sig so ppl know what all your hardware is.....

Edit: Could be heat...could be MB.....could be PSU.....

If all is good on stock clocks then it was probably your OC to 3.7 just need more voltage probably. Instead of auto try to just set it manually.
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post #10 of 11
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Filled in my sig, I can't see it being heat, while gaming my CPU reaches 50C~, about 54C when I'm playing a really CPU intensive game. Same for GPU, max temp is about 65C~
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