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Phenom 9500
Radeon Sapphire HD 3700 x 2

My system comes to a halt during strange times, although I haven't overclocked it to any significant degree except the GFX - and that is minimal. CnQ is on but I read that that shouldn't really do anything negative.

The times when I tried overclocking the CPU my system froze up and kept freezing on each startup - even in BIOS! Only 10% OC in Noobiemode

My temps are all MAX 49'C at max performance.

Overall, I am not happy with my system, "old" games lag quite a lot, the performance is just not what I had expected, for example - it SHOULD be able to run Oblivion on max without experiencing difficulties, yet I get 5 fps spikes and the system freezes about 10 minutes into ANY moderately graphically demanding game.

I have tried a lot - needless to say things like updating drivers, changing drivers, checking Xfire bridge, monitoring temps (one temp is broken, at 80'C constantly, its CPU temp #3, which I read often is "broken" with phenom 9500)

Normal fan cooling.
XP prof. ed.

I really really hope this isn't hardware related, I am spent economically atm.
Thanks!
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core 2.2 GHz Boxed Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4 PowerColor Radeon HD 3870 x 2 XF Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 2048MB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung SpinPoint T166 250GB SATA2 8MB 7200RPM XP SP 3 Samsung 22" LCD Syncmaster 226BW TCO99 Logicrap standard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Fortron/Source Epsilon 700W, Active PFC, ATX/EPS Cooler Master Stacker 831 black, 2x12cm fans, alu Logicrap standard ...It is blue. 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core 2.2 GHz Boxed Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4 PowerColor Radeon HD 3870 x 2 XF Corsair TWIN2X 6400 DDR2, 2048MB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Samsung SpinPoint T166 250GB SATA2 8MB 7200RPM XP SP 3 Samsung 22" LCD Syncmaster 226BW TCO99 Logicrap standard 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Fortron/Source Epsilon 700W, Active PFC, ATX/EPS Cooler Master Stacker 831 black, 2x12cm fans, alu Logicrap standard ...It is blue. 
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I have tried a lot - needless to say things like updating drivers, changing drivers, checking Xfire bridge, monitoring temps (one temp is broken, at 80'C constantly, its CPU temp #3, which I read often is "broken" with phenom 9500)
Slipstick, I would start off with running the diagnostics on the hard drive, memory and power supply.
For the hard drive, download Seagate's Seatools and run the surface scan. This will look for bad sectors ect. You can download this from here: http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/sup...loads/seatools
For your memory, download memtest86 and run tests 5 and 8 each for at least an hour. The default loop is sometimes not sufficient enough that is why I recommend tests 5 and 8. You can download memtest here: http://www.overclock.net/downloads/1...memtest86.html
I would also check out the voltages of your power supply. Make sure they are up to par. If you have a multimeter handy then this can be down fairly easy. Here are two guides that I hope are helpful in explaining this process:
http://www.clunk.org.uk/forums/guide...ing-guide.html
http://www.devhardware.com/forums/po...est-75111.html

Have you tried testing with just one 3870 X2 instead of two in Xfire? Wattage wise and amperage wise your PSU should be enough to handle two of those cards. I did the math and your Fortron is 525watts with 43.75 amps on the 12volt rail. If you can run everything at stock and not overclocked(for testing purposes) that would also be great.

Good luck and let us know what you find
Workstation
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II X4 620 Asus M4A785-M Asus 5770 G.Skill 8GB DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD3200AAJS Windows 7 Pro Acer AL2216W, Samsung P2770 Corsair 550VX 
Case
Tagan Black Pearl 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II X4 620 Asus M4A785-M Asus 5770 G.Skill 8GB DDR2-800 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
WD3200AAJS Windows 7 Pro Acer AL2216W, Samsung P2770 Corsair 550VX 
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Tagan Black Pearl 
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