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Having problems with my seemingly random-freezing computer

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Not sure what it is, or how I could go about testing this. I'm almost certain it is a hardware issue as I have reformatted and reinstalled all necessary drivers and removed all overclocks. However, I haven't had my computer freeze while booted into Linux (Mint 15). Then again, I don't spend quite as much time booted into it so I can't be certain it is Windows 7. I tried removing (secure wipe on SSD) Windows and reinstalling but I'm still freezing. Temps seem great so I don't thing its that either.

Comp. specs are i5 2500k, ATI HD 6950, 8GB corsair vengeance RAM, Windows 7... SSD/HDD combo. Let me know if theres anything else I should mention.

Also, the freezing occurs in such a way that I don't really notice it at first unless I'm gaming. I'll explain my most recent experience for an example: I was browsing a book recommendation website, everything seemed to be fine until I clicked on a link which didn't load. At first I thought it was just the internet, I pressed start but nothing was responding (to mouse clicks) so I opened up a game that was minimized and tried to connect. The buttons were non functional, and I couldn't exit properly or even ctrl-alt-delete. The whole system freezes up.
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Windows Event Viewer?
My System
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX6300 Black M5A99X EVO R2.0 Nvidia GTS450 Team Vulcan PC3 12800 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 840 PRO Asus DRW-1608P (x2) Custom Water Cooling Win7 (Ult), Win 8.1 & Win Server 2012 R2 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
2 X Samsung 915N Ducky Shine III, Blue Cherry/Blue LEDs PCP&C 1kw Lian Li PC-71 (W/Window) 
MouseAudio
Logiteck G400s none 
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Looking through the event Viewer under Windows Logs>>System and I see these errors and warnings:

A timeout was reached (30000 milliseconds) while waiting for the Ralink UPnP Media Server service to connect. (Almost all of them)

DHCPv6 client service is stopped. ShutDown Flag value is 1

The server {E10F6C3A-F1AE-4ADC-AA9D-2FE65525666E} did not register with DCOM within the required timeout.

I have some googling to do! I'll report back.
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I see the same thing but I don't think its virus because I've completely erased my drives and reinstalled windows

EDIT: Disabled UPnP using services.msc, and blocked some railink utilities in Windows Firewall. So far so good. I'll usually freeze up once in an hour normally, so I'll report back if I'm still having trouble.

EDIT 2: Secure erased the SSD and reinstalled again. Still freezes. Now I'm using memtest86 to test the RAM. When I tried reseating them the comp got stuck in a boot cycle so I'm pretty sure it's a RAM issue. Either the RAM or motherboard slot.

EDIT 3: So I tested the RAM using Memtest86. First with 4 GB, then the same 4GB in the other 2 slots, then I tested the other 4GB of RAM. After that I placed all 8 GB in and ran the test. No errors. Did 2 passes for each test. Perhaps the RAM wasn't seated properly?
Edited by Fountain Pen - 7/8/13 at 5:44pm
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Computer is still freezing up. For some reason I think it may be the audio driver i was using for my Xonar DX? Gonna try using the MB audio and see if it still happens after removing the audio card drivers. EDIT: Yep still happens. EDIT: Replaced all sleeved cables with extras (seasonic pretty much gives you double of everything except the motherboard cables). Have my fingers crossed! I'll update tomorrow. EDIT: Still freezes. Mouse still moves though. Gonna try flashing the motherboard BIOS and see what happens. EDIT: Still froze after BIOS flash.
Edited by Fountain Pen - 7/10/13 at 7:43pm
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Replaced my 6950 with an old 4650. Seems to be working. I'll report back with more updates. Also, I don't mean to update this thread to bump it. But coming back here and adding to my thread helps me on my search for the problem and eventual solution. I figure it's good to document. EDIT: Still froze. Maybe it's the motherboard ? Contacted Gigabyte for a repair. Also I just put my GPU in the bottom pci-e slot on the mobo to see if the slot is the issue. If that doesn't work hopefully I'll be sending my board back to gigabyte for repair. If it gets sent back with nothing done to it then I really don't know...
Edited by Fountain Pen - 7/12/13 at 6:42pm
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