Originally Posted by dstoler
Originally Posted by h0thead132
We got our first BSOD tonight, spit back a ram issue, switched to an extra set one of our mutual friends had laying around, seeing how this goes...
Ram troubles eh? What speed is the ram factory and what is it overclocked to exactly? Also what are factory SPD timings for the speet its at. If your timings are too tight for the ram frequency it will fail. Example 1333mhz (667 in cpu-z) timings are around cl8 or 8-8-8-25 if u have overclocked higher u gotta raise the timings to cl9 or 9-9-9-27. These are just estimates. Play with the timings and make sure voltage is set properly according to ram factory recomendations
***/-\ |) |) |© + e |) ~+0~ G |-| z. . .***
This computer isn't overclocked at all, everything is total stock...
Originally Posted by Arimis5226
Shutdown without BSOD or event logs would suggest thermal shutdown, likely with the CPU or northbridge. SINCE your CPU temps are at 30C under Skyrim load (which is most impressive and almost unbelievable), then those shutdowns could be due to ram overheating I suppose, but I've only seen thermal shutdowns without event log entry occur with the CPU personally. I was pushing for BSOD codes because you're claiming thermal shutdown was not an issue with CPU temps being what they were. It's unlikely that a PSU would operate fine, but under Skyrim loads just decide to shut down completely. Even then, there would/should be enough residual voltage to log a system failure.
Question. What changed exactly, that causes you to receive BSOD instead of abrubt shutdown? Or are you still getting the shutdown at times, but now the BSOD is happening from time to time as well?
Have you ran memtest and chkdisk yet?
Edit: Skyrim is pretty CPU as well as GPU intensive. Do you have anything that logs CPU utilization and temps while you are playing, so you can look at it later? I mean, I'm just curious of what you are using that shows 30C under Skyrim load. And also, what settings are you using in game?
well for one, it isn't me, i have no idea what he is using for settings, all i do know is that he runs Coretemp, task manager (on performance tab), and afterburner on his second screen to monitor everything, the highest i have seen his cpu hit was like 36, the cooler he has on it is a bit of a sleeper lol. also him and his room mate always have their windows open (we are in Vermont) so his room temp is usually sub 60°F
only thing we changed was that he added 4 more gigs of ram, we took the old stuff out after the first actual BSOD we got and he has run perfectly since. Personally i think it was the ram just seeing the brand his old ram was (OCZ)
we have not had a chance to do memtest or chkdsk yet, we have been pretty swamped with all our teachers wanting to get the first parts of our finals before thanks giving break
also on a side note, i didn't know this but the guy who set his system up for him operationally shut off the "auto restart on failure" thing already that is how we saw the BSOD, he actually was able to come across the hall and get me to show it to me.