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I built a computer for my friend about 3 months ago. It's got a Athlon 64 3500+, x700 PRO PCI-E, Hitachi SATA 150 Hard Drive, DFI nF4-DAGF Motherboard, Rosewill RE501-BLK 500W, Zalman copper 120mm Heatsink, 2x 512mb Gigaram PC3500. Every time he plays a game on it though it crashes. I thought it was the drivers at first, but I reinstalled them and the same thing happened. Then I tried reinstalling Windows, same thing, so I know it's hardware related. My hunch is it's the graphics card. The only thing is he bought the graphics card at Best Buy because it was on sale for $100 on Black Friday last year. I also checked the RAM, and that's not the problem. But what do you guys think it could be? He doesn't get the BSOD, he gets one of those "Error Report" things, then he clicks "Don't Send" and it just restarts. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 28
Could be the video card is overheating.
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Originally Posted by ffmadcow
Could be the video card is overheating.
It's not overclocked and it's still got the stock cooler on it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by radbirts
It's not overclocked and it's still got the stock cooler on it.
Even so, if it has a defect, it could be overheating. Or your case ventilation might not be up to par, which could cause the overheating.

Next time the error shows its face, have him send it and see if MS has any info on it. It might give us a file to trace it to.
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post #5 of 28
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ffmadcow
Even so, if it has a defect, it could be overheating. Or your case ventilation might not be up to par, which could cause the overheating.

Next time the error shows its face, have him send it and see if MS has any info on it. It might give us a file to trace it to.
He's sent it several times. But we don't have any way of testing anything is the prolem.

EDIT: And nothing is overclocked, everything's stock.
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Well, i was gonna say it was the psu, but its 500w. Go here, about 3rd post down this guy posts a humongous guide to fix it.
http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windo...-Problems.html
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post #7 of 28
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Retrospekt
Well, i was gonna say it was the psu, but its 500w. Go here, about 3rd post down this guy posts a humongous guide to fix it.
http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windo...-Problems.html
It's not software related.
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post #8 of 28
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Is it possible that the problem could be that he's running 32 bit Windows on a 64 bit cpu?
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post #9 of 28
Quote:
Originally Posted by radbirts
Is it possible that the problem could be that he's running 32 bit Windows on a 64 bit cpu?

Nope. Very few people actually use Windows x64.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by amped
Nope. Very few people actually use Windows x64.
Then why does everyone get 64 bit cpu's? lol That kinda defeats the purpose.

Anyway, does anyone know any other possible problems?
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