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Crysis 2 may have bricked my computer

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**TLDR** at bottom.

I currently have a 7950 radeon video card, 12gb ram, 3.1ghz quad core AMD CPU desktop. About a year ago, I played crysis 2 on this machine, when it had a hard drive. About eight months ago I installed an SSD, which has only seen light use, nothing to suggest an SSD failure.

Earlier today, I reinstalled the game and began playing. I quickly found that it would freeze for about 30 seconds, every 5 minutes or so. Freezes would be forewarned by scripted events not occurring properly (NPCs fighting each other not dying, AIs not responding to actions, etc) about a minute beforehand, and sound repeating/hanging the same second about ten seconds before the freeze. Lowering graphics and turning off all options did not solve the issue.

Growing tired of this, I quit the game. I opened chrome, with reddit, gmail, facebook, which opened fine. A minute or so later I went to close steam. As soon as I did so, my system became unresponsive. I could change tabs, scroll in open tabs, move/minimize windows, mouseover/drag to highlight desktop icons, but I could not open the start menu, open new programs or ctrl alt del. At this point I did a hard reboot.

After rebooting, everything seemed fine. I attempted to and successfully went about my normal browsing for about five minutes, before my system returned to the unresponsive state it had after closing steam. I did another hard reboot, same issues with same timeframe after restarting.

At this point I tried to open steam and play the game rather than going to the internet. When I opened steam, I found the game has ghost uninstalled itself - hitting install again caused steam to "check for local files" and immediately find the old files. I encountered the same freezing issues as the first time. I then rebooted, uninstalled and reinstalled crysis 2, still encountered the freezing. This time, I stayed through the freezes much longer, and they reached a point where I had to hard shutdown to exit the game.

When I rebooted at this point, my computer said I needed to do a disc check. I let it run, but it did not appear to do anything. I opened chrome, but the first tabs took upwards of 30 seconds to load, saying waiting for adblock to load. Soon after, it went into its unresponsive state, same as before. It did this through another reboot. On the third reboot, it froze on the windows icon screen while booting. On the fourth, I had an option for windows startup utility to run and attempt a repair. I let it run.

Startup utility said it could not solve the issue, and did a reboot. At this point, my computer began to BSOD after reaching the windows icon screen during bootup, right when it would normally show the login screen. Starting in safe mode causes a BSOD within seconds.

What part is likely to have broken? Video card? CPU? CPU/heat sink contact? How should I go about fixing this? I'm willing to just reinstall win7, but if it's a hardware issue that won't help. I have the old harddrive for this machine, which I'm going to reinstall in the morning to see if that boots.

**TL:DR;** Installed crysis 2, game froze, eventual reboots now result in BSOD at startup.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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If you BSOD as soon as you see (or just before) the login screen, your video card drivers may have gone south. See if you can start up in safe mode and uninstall your display drivers.
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I would download this tool here:

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/blue_screen_view.html

Next time this happens, open this program and then find the last stop error that happened and look up the error codes online or post them in here under Crash Analysis

BTW what is your RAM set up? You said you have 12 GB. Are all 4 RAM slots used? If you are using 3 sticks of RAM then that might be a problem. That usually doesn't completely crash something, but Crysis 2 has problems because of reasons.

Here are some other forums that might help if it turns out to be a memory issue:

http://forum.ea.com/eaforum/posts/list/7450471.page
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