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For almost a year I have been running my system with the specifications listed below on stock speeds and voltages. I recently upgraded my old Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 1GB to a Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB and am very pleased with the performance it gives. While surfing Newegg I found a G.SKILL Sniper 8GB kit at 1866MHz with timings of 9-10-9-28 at 1.5V for $50 and snagged it. I knew I could use these sticks if I overclocked my board, but I didn't know how difficult it would be.

When I got the memory, I put it in my computer and turned it on hoping it would magically work. Not surprised, it didn't boot. Time to OC. After realizing I know nothing about overclocking, I did a little research. I learned I needed to set my FSB to 233 to accommodate for the higher rated memory and out of caution I set my CPU multiplier to x15. I changed nothing else leaving my memory timings on their default settings and kept CPU-NB and HTT on Auto. I booted up Windows, played games for about a day, and my computer froze and was forced to reboot. Froze again after 4-6 hours of gameplay so I swapped the memory out and reset my BIOS to default settings.

A day later I got help from a friend with an overclocked system and we put the FSB at 220 with CPU-NB and HTT at 2100 and kept the CPU multiplier at x17. We changed the CPU voltage from 1.35V to 1.4V. My computer ran for another 4 hours and froze just like before. I started noticing my computer made a clicking sound just once after an hour or two of playing, but a few hours before it froze. It's not constant, it only clicks once and I hear the exact same sound right before my computer turns off completely. What could I be hearing?

I have since been using the 1333 memory with fewer lockups but the sound is still present. I have no idea which component of my system is failing or how to test it let alone fix it. I have temperature gauges for my CPU and it never goes above 45C, so I want to believe it's not the problem. I then consider the memory faulting because I didn't have problems until I put them in, but I have no idea how to confirm this. It could also be my GPU since I got it at roughly the same time, again I don't know how to test it. Is there a possibility I've blown a component of the motherboard?

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Edited by dorkydude666 - 10/12/11 at 8:34am
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Does it BSOD (Blue Screen Of Death) or just reboot. If it BSODs set your rig to pause at BSOD by following the instructions below

Control Panel>System
Advanced Tab
Startup and Recovery section
Settings button
Locate "Automatically Restart" checkbox. Uncheck it.

Once your paused at your BSOD write down the code starting in "0x00000...." and google it, 9 times out of ten there is some record of what's happening and how you can fix it

Also try looking at what your temperatures are, you never know you may need new thermal paste
 
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I'm not blue screening. My screen freezes and I can't restart my computer without doing a hard reboot on the system. My CPU temperature has always ran at 40-45C, even before the new hardware. I can't imagine CPU temperature being the issue here.
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My GPU isn't heating up that much under the load from my video games. I only need to run a basic diagnostic on my computer to figure out which part is malfunctioning but I don't know where to begin. I have seen a lot of guides that suggest what to do about BSOD and program failures, but this doesn't fit in either of those categories.

When my screen is frozen my computer fans are still running and I believe my HD is running as well. I'll wait on fixing the problem if someone can help me troubleshoot what part I need to focus on for this problem.
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