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post #1 of 8
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My build is slowly dying, and I'm looking for help so here goes.

Build consists of:
-AMD 955 that used to be stable at 4.01Ghz (No effort, <60ºC Prime95)
4GB of G.Skill RAM (Untouched)
XFX 5850 (Used to be overclocked, reverted to default clocks, temps always inferior to 60ºC)
Gigabyte motherboard...AM3
WD Caviar Black 640GB harddrive

Recently, my computer started slowing down a lot. I would get some glitches (screen hangs) for 0.1 seconds (Fraction) and it would continue. This being Dirt 2/3, GRID on full graphics. Never had such problems before. (screen freezes, music stutters-endless looop of bbbzzzzt)

Then while listening to music (Foobar2000, iTunes) same thing. Finally, even when just writing some documents in Word, it would hang for up to 4-5 seconds now.

I did a hard drive check with WD Diagnostic, I used OCCT to test PSU/RAM, nothing came up.
CPU + GPU are both reverted to stock atm. No background programs running.

When these happen, temps are as follows: CPU ~33ºC, HDD 31ºC, GPU 37ºC (TMPIN0 52C o.O)

What steps can I further take to find out whats happening?
Has anyone had this happen before?

Here's a picture showing CPU usage right after it hangs.
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post #2 of 8
Reinstall windows. It'll speed things up.
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Might give your Ram and CPU a little V bump sometimes this helps. If that doesnt fix it sounds like bad ram or bad HDD.

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Yeah I'm currently waiting on my friends 500GB HDD so I can back up my media files before I re-install.
I'm going to install Windows 7 64-bit along with Linux (F@H).

Forgot to mention that.

@Hawk777th ; thanks for the suggestion, I'll go bump it up next restart.
What programs would you use to test for bad RAM/HDD?
Memtest and ?...
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Memtest, Hd Tune Pro.
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post #6 of 8
Are you using a fsb and multi combo? or just 20x?

I had a 955 that could clock to 260 fsb+ but now anything over 230 will crash. (not even post, but still does 4.0 with 20x)

Sometimes the cpu might cause all this.
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I was originally at an FSB closer to 230 (if I recal correctly), might have been 233, but even after downlocking to default 3.2GHz I still get the same hangs/screen freezes.
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Mhmm, sounds more software then, try reinstalling the sound drivers. They can cause quite a hassle.
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