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I have a relatively new build (in the fact that I bought the parts new while on sale after going "out of style") back in March and honestly, it has given me 0 problems, I was able to run Windows 7 for 3 months without reinstalling after dropping in the new mobo and CPU into this thing. Anyways I reinstalled windows sometime in June and it was all smooth sailing from there I believe but after starting up a game of Civ 5 Monday night, it BSOD'd after about 15 minutes of playing.

I figured "Meh, its late, I'll leave my computer off, it was just a game glitch." The BSOD error was something about the page cache being out of index or something of that caliber. When I woke up the next morning I was met with instant BSODs starting Windows, literally at the windows loading screen. I gave up with windows and I started up my ubuntu/backtrack distro I had installed on another harddrive in my computer, unfortunately I was met with errors on that too, something along the lines of "Watchdog reported error on logical cpu 4" and did that till cpu 6 which is when I shut the thing down. I tried the memtest included in the GRUB menu and it wouldn't even load before crashing and restarting. Giving up for the day I shut it completely off and even flipped the off switch on my power supply for good measure. The next morning I booted it up and after about 40 minutes of watching video, it froze and BSOD again. I repeated the same steps as before and flipped off the power supply and let it sit for a day

That was Monday night/Tuesday morning, and I resigned to the fact that something had finally bit the biscuit. I tried it again Wednesday and it ran windows for about 40 minutes when the same thing as Tuesday morning happened, this time I shut off my power bar as well. I tried again Wednesday night after letting it sit for almost 13+ hours and what would you know, it was working flawlessly, if you count Steam clearing out my library as flawlessly. So far, it seems to be pushing along fine but I have a sinking feeling that something is faulty and ready to blow, specially since memtest has ceased to work at all now.

The thing is that I'm get the feeling its the RAM which I am going to try and test now that I have access to the other 8 GB kit thats in my other computer at home. Yet somehow from all those errors I have a feeling its the processor since Monday night it was BSODing as soon as I was trying to start Windows or any OS for that matter. Then again, I believe it could also be my motherboard as it wasn't picking up my wireless adapter earlier Monday morning, it just stopped recognizing it after a few hours and threw errors about it in the device manager thing in the task bar and made me change the port it was using, which solved the problem and the stuff I switched the wireless adapter with ran perfectly fine as well. Oh and the linux distro I am running, runs fine now too...

And really, now that the problem kinda went away, makes it that much harder for me to test this seeing as I don't have anything to test the mobo or CPU with. Any advice, suggestions or input on what could be the problem would be appreciated.

Rigbuilder link with what I am running below.
http://www.overclock.net/lists/display/view/id/5357512
Edited by Logical Fallacy - 8/3/13 at 1:32am
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It helps if you post your components because I have no idea what you're running on. Do you have the latest bios for the motherboard? Are you running SSD? Do you have the latest firmware for that SSD? The BSOD, did you check the dump file? There could be a clue there telling you what's wrong with your PC.
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Alright, now that thats solved you should be able to check the link in the first post or in my sig to see what hardware I am running. I am using an SSD, Samsung 840 250 GB, I haven't updated the firmware since February or March, hasn't given me any problems at all. As for my BIOS, I was pretty sure I had the latest, but I guess I could check again. Never checked the BSOD files, never knew where they were or if they were even plain text.

Edit: Just updated the bios, checked the BSOD errors and they all seem pretty different. The one that crashed my system in Civ 5 was a thread exception not handled, the next morning it was a page fault in a nonpaged area, then an ntfs filesystem error, then a system service exception error followed by a kmode exception not handled. Looks like all of them except the first one had ntoskrnl.exe as the culprit.
Edited by Logical Fallacy - 8/3/13 at 1:58am
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Is your computer overclocked? If it is,set it to default and see if the problems go away then go to the command line and type in SFC /SCANNOW to check your OS' integrity. Then do a memtest scan and let it run through its iterations. You could try to stress your CPU and see if that's the problem with Prime95 or IntelBurn Test. If it instantly crashes at stock speeds then you'll know it's probably the CPU.
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Samsung 950 Pro M.2 512GB  Crucial BX100 250 GB SanDisk SSDPlus 240 GB NZXT Kraken X61  
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No overclocks and Prime runs fine, OS integrity is good too. Ran windows memtest and nothing came up. I guess my linux memtest probably got corrupted sometime down the line and I didn't noticed it. I'll probably end up reinstalling windows for simplicity's sake.
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