believe it or not... most stock systems from builders like Dell, Gateway, Acer, E-machines suffer the same maladies at a much greater interval than machines custom built that can pass 30 mins of prime... at least that's according to what I see coming through my shop for repairs... but then I'm sure they don't test their machines out on prime before sending them out... and just so you know you can't guarantee stable at all ever... even the best of the best systems have a margin of error... every hard drive has a error rate published with it... if you are serious about not losing data and want the most stable environment... desktops aren't the way...laptops sure aren't the only reasonably data safe in my opinion is a well built server with multiple backup devices (redundant cpu's, power supplies, UPS's, and raid arrays) even then you still have the possibility of losing something. That's why I say stability is highly over rated...trust me.. manufactures of these devices we buy don't go through as much testing as you do if you run long runs of stability testing devices...most of the time after the initial design testing its all about production and warranties if something gets through.... I'm sure there are many who can testify to DOA enthusiast class equiment... I got a bad Corsair H80 one time...a bad stick of ram a couple times... it happens, that's life...and that's my point... why kill your machine testing it if you don't have too? If your data is that important, sure test away, but don't get lulled into believing that you have a data loss free pc... your hdd is more likely to cause that than a mild instability when it comes to static files like pictures and videos, worst things instability likes to get is boot files and consistently modified files like the page file...but the page file is no big loss really, since all you have to do is restart.
oh and I don't have random BSOD's on this machine, just the ones I had on a suicide run nor have I ever had a file corruption problem and while I was playing with the OC's on this I even did a few suicide runs for the heck of it...still runs fine......usually the BSOD's I see are on the laptop lol... and I didn't even touch one setting on it! The others I see are when someone calls me to fix one.
Edited by Minotaurtoo - 7/18/13 at 5:20pm