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Random reboot on PC, could some hardware be going bad?

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So I've had the rig in my signature for like 3 years or so. Upgraded to the dual core I'm using now about 1.5 years ago and has been running fine ever since. I was just playing some games and my computer randomly shut down, then powered back up. No info in the Windows error logs or anything... My graphics card is not currently overclocked either, so I dont think the card crashed, althought it could just be on its way out in its slightly old age.

So I'm wondering what I could do to check for any potential hardware issues. And what components could be the problem. I'm thinking its either my CPU or graphics card, I guess it could be my audio card too but I dont think it is.... Any help appreciated!
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Pentium D 945 ASUS P5WD2 Premium GTS 250 2 gig dual channel 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
74gig 10K rpm raptor Windows 7 Dual HP w2207h 22" screens Logitech Wireless 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
OCZ Xtreme Gaming 700w Lian Li Logitech Laser Wireless none 
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Go to Control Panel, administration tools, event viewer and then click system, tell me if there are any errors with a red X. Open them by double clicking it, then seeing what the error is. Copy and paste it here if there is an error there.

Was it a blue screen or did your machine just shut down ?

It could be several issues, memory,graphics card, your power supply. I really doubt its your processor. You can run memtest also on the computer http://www.memtest86.com/ go there and go to free downloads and downlaod the cd iso and burn to a CD and run it on your computer to check if your memory is having problems. To run the CD you have to boot from it as you would like with a windows CD.
Edited by mhsbrian - 6/22/08 at 12:58pm
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2x Seagate 320, 1x 400 WD in Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate x86 ASUS MK241h 24" Microsoft Multimeda 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
2x Seagate 320, 1x 400 WD in Raid 0 Windows Vista Ultimate x86 ASUS MK241h 24" Microsoft Multimeda 
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I have had a randomly rebooting computer in the past it was driving me crazy till changed out the PSU, so it could very well be a dying PSU. If it does it when you play games, the vid card needs more power from the PSU to run it and if the PSU doesn't have the extra juice it becomes unstable thus resulting in a reboot.
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