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Computer constantly crashing while gaming, plus a BSOD issue

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Specs:

OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Motherboard - MSI Z77A-G45
Power Supply - Corsair Builder Series CX600
Processor - Intel Core i7 3770k (Stock speeds)
Graphics Card - MSI R6950 2gb Twin Frozr III Power Edition (HD 6950 with HD6970 shaders unlocked)
RAM - Kingston Hyper X Blu 8gb DDR3 1333
Main HDD - Really old Western Digital 160gb 3gb/s 7200RPM Drive (exact age unknown)
Secondary HDD - Seagate Barracuda 1tb 6gb/s 7200RPM Drive (two years old)

I have two issues that I think might be isolated. I'll start with the more pressing matter that I really need fixed. Basically, any time I game, my computer tends to randomly freeze, then reboot out of nowhere. It doesn't matter how graphically intensive the game is, nor how long I play it. Sometimes the game will freeze, then programs in the background will progressively stop responding (like Skype or music). Sometimes I'll lose all my sound but the game will continue on for a short period of time before it just locks up and my PC crashes. I've even went as far as monitoring my temperatures to make sure nothing was over heating. Fortunately that doesn't seem to be the case. I have a theory as to why this is happening, but I'm not really sure how accurate it is. A while back, I wanted to try overclocking my graphics card a little bit. I looked up a guide and tried to follow it as closely as possible. I ended up doing a really unstable overclock, which I quickly reverted back to stock speeds. My theory is that I have some lingering instability from the failed overclocking. The thing is, this issue is rather recent. My PC wasn't giving me this much trouble just after the overclock attempt. It's like it's getting worse as time goes on or something. I'll post some information here so you guys can hopefully figure out the cause.

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Minidump Files (Hosted on Filesmelt)

I hope that's enough information to assist you in diagnosing this issue. I've tried googling like crazy but the results aren't very helpful at all.



Anyway, my second issue, which isn't nearly as pressing, happens to be a BSOD problem. If I leave my computer to idle long enough, it eventually blue screens. After the memory finishes dumping, it'll start rebooting. The problem is, Windows fails to load and my computer says it can't detect the boot device. It'll eventually reboot automatically and just keep looping like this until I completely power down the computer. Once I do that then turn it back on, Windows starts up without any hesitation. I have no idea why this is happening. To completely avoid this issue, I just turn my PC off if I'm not using it, and if I need it to be running unmanned for an extended period of time (downloading a game on Steam, for example), I just run a little program that nudges my mouse pointer every 10 seconds or so. Oddly enough, this prevents it from blue screening. Hibernation and sleep mode do not prevent it from happening. In fact I thought one of those was causing it, but apparently that's not the case. I don't have a minidump file for this scenario, but I can replicate the issue if need be.


I hope someone here is able and willing to help me fix this problem. It's really starting to get in the way of using my gaming rig I built. sadsmiley.gif
post #2 of 3
Most probably your two issues are, in fact, one issue. 90% sure HDD is the cause.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
MouseAudio
Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
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Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
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My Rig
(14 items)
 
Ex-wife's Rig
(15 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 4460 AsRock H81M-DG4 Sapphire Rx470 Platinum KVR 1600 16Gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
2x Seagate 3Tb Samsung 850 EVO 120 Scythe Ninja 3 Rev.B Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Fujitsu Siemens A17-2A Logitech K280e SuperFlower SF-550K12XP Thermaltake Versa H25 
MouseAudio
Logitech G402 Sony MDR XD150 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 850 EVO 120  Western Digital 320Gb LiteON DVD-RW CoolerMaster Hyper Z600 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Pro x64 Toshiba 32" FullHD TV Logitech FSP Hexa 550 
CaseMouse
DeLUX Logitech 
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post #3 of 3
I have to agree on this one.
BUT it may end up being a bad SATA cable!
Also make sure your Drivers is Up to date, also Run ( CHKDSK ) , to check your HDD.
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