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Hey, this problem has been on and off for a few months now, mostly since I got my EVGA GTX 560 Ti in the summer, and even more often since getting the G.Skill Sniper 8GB 1600 ram.

I'll experience the odd BSOD crashes, most will happen just after loading into windows, others will happen while playing Skyrim (one time during Skyrim it just went to a distorted blue screen and froze with audio looping about .5 seconds of sound)

Hoping it was a software issue I got a SSD and installed a fresh version of Windows a week ago with all updated drivers for the 560 Ti, but no luck they are still happening. Cooling is not an issue as CPU temps stay under 40C and GPU temps under load stay under 60C usually. The other thing I considered was the power supply but the voltages in the bios seem to be fairly accurate and it has 48A~ of output, more than the GPU requires.

So to sum it up, it usually happens once windows loads (or within a few minutes), and also frequently occurs while gaming in anything that requires a fairly heavy GPU load.

Any ideas? Input would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance.
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Oh and just incase the question comes up, I haven't overclocked the system at all.
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When you BSOD what does it say?

Knowing the error codes can point you and us directly to the problem area. Write it down and post back. It's usually the first couple sentences smile.gif

Have you flashed your GTX 560Ti FPB with the EVGA Firmware?

Edited to add after original post.

Wait, your mother board is a ASUS M4A78T-E is an AMD board with Integrated ATI Radeon HD 3300 GPU? It's an AMD - Hybrid CrossFireX Support only . So even though it can add a discreet GPU it would have to be an AMD GPU up to DX10.

No wonder your having issues. Here is the compatability chart you can mix with the intergrated GPU you currently have.

ATI Crossfire Compatibility Chart

From the looks of it you can only add an ATI HD 3450 or ATI HD 3470.
     
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When you BSOD what does it say?
Knowing the error codes can point you and us directly to the problem area. Write it down and post back. It's usually the first couple sentences smile.gif
Have you flashed your GTX 560Ti FPB with the EVGA Firmware?

This would definitely be the best place to start.

Also, I wouldn't rule out the PSU, yet. Maybe look at getting a tester, or, if possible, try a different one.
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Thanks for the responses, I haven't flashed my 560 yet. As for the hybrid crossfire, I was previously using it with a 5770 before upgrading to the 560 ti, however I will see if I can switch it off in the bios and see how that runs.

As for the bsod error, I'm still trying to find a way to open the dmp file, any suggestions?

I also monitored the temps while playing skyrim and i noticed the cpu is fine but the gpu steadily climbs even with the fans cranked in afterburner! The first time it crashed at 70C while the second time it crashed at 55C so there isnt much correlation there...
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post #6 of 14

The easiest you can test now is to boot with only one stick of RAM. Test every stick by itself. Just to rule out if it's related to faulty RAM.

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Disable integrated video, should kill any Crossfire issues. (EDIT: You also will want to clean out any remaining ATI drivers just in case)

Re your odd BSODs etc. First thing - check the RAM is on the QVL for your mobo. If not, at least run memtest86+ and verify it passes with that program.

Next thing you might wanna look at is my old thread (GTX 460). It might just be a plain dodgy card. I went several rounds of testing, getting results not fully reproducible that were only finally solved with a proper RMA.
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Alright so, it seems for now that it was one of the sticks of RAM because after removing it everything runs great. Thanks for the input everyone!

One last question though... anyone have any experiences with RMA'ing? I'm almost wanting to say it might be worth it to just buy a new kit since I'll have to pay shipping to G.Skill...

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If you think it will be worth it to buy a new kit, which ones would you recommend?
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Easy. Just check supported RAM in your motherboard manual Qualified Vendors List (QVL) then select the RAM you want. If you don't have your manual, download it.

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Alright so I spoke too soon, Skyrim ran perfectly last night for over an hour on one of the sticks, after turning it off for the night and starting again this morning it made it about 15 minutes then blue screened again. Im now running memtest on one of the sticks for about an hour then will run it on the other stick for an hour and update when i find something.

Is there anyway i can test the video card? I don't have another card to compare it with and no one around has a desktop I could put it in (I'm at university), preferably a program of some sort.
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