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As in title, my system's freezing. It's all at stock settings (GPU, RAM and CPU) and the BIOS is set to default settings.


The temps are all reasonable.

It doesn't happen during various prime tests.

It seems somewhat random as in I don't think it's a software issue.

It does happen when I'm watching a movie and editing large PSD files or browsing with a lot of tabs; it still may not happen for 1-5 days and then twice in a couple of hours. (Edit: when it freezes, the speakers play white noise whether the PC was making noise or not)

RAM?

PSU?


I get very confused with the whole RAM / channel thing. I started to understand when I posted a "RAM not at correct speed" and was told it's doubled for DDR2.

I have 4 x 2Gb DDR3 RAM sticks in my 4 slots. Does that mean it's good / bad / ugly to have 3 sticks of RAM? Is all DDR3 triple channel?

Should I be running 3 x 2Gb and watching for crashes? If it crashes, try a different 3 sticks? Should I be running 1 stick and monitoring? TBH, my system regularly uses 60-70% of the RAM so I don't really want to be limping along on 2Gb...*


Is there a RAM test that works inside Win7 as opposed to booting from a disk with the software on it? The reason I ask is I've too much work at the moment to leave the PC running hours of tests without me being able to use it.


Many thanks


*who'd have guessed 5 years ago that someone would say that lol
Edited by makecoldplayhistory - 1/30/11 at 8:43pm
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
AMD K15 970A-D3P NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 
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Kingston  Kingston  Crucial M4 64Gb, 4x 1Tb, 1x 500Gb WD Caviar Black LG LiteScribe GH24 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 10 x64 LG E2350 23" 1920x1080 / Samsung 19.5" 1366x768 Razer Lycosa (Mirror Edition) Corsair HX850w 
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CoolerMaster 690 Razer Mamba 2012 Razer Goliath XL Logitech X-530 speakers 
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AMD K15 970A-D3P NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 
RAMRAMHard DriveOptical Drive
Kingston  Kingston  Crucial M4 64Gb, 4x 1Tb, 1x 500Gb WD Caviar Black LG LiteScribe GH24 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Win 10 x64 LG E2350 23" 1920x1080 / Samsung 19.5" 1366x768 Razer Lycosa (Mirror Edition) Corsair HX850w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
CoolerMaster 690 Razer Mamba 2012 Razer Goliath XL Logitech X-530 speakers 
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Originally Posted by makecoldplayhistory View Post
As in title, my system's freezing. It's all at stock settings (GPU, RAM and CPU) and the BIOS is set to default settings.


The temps are all reasonable.

It doesn't happen during various prime tests.

It seems somewhat random as in I don't think it's a software issue.

It does happen when I'm watching a movie and editing large PSD files or browsing with a lot of tabs; it still may not happen for 1-5 days and then twice in a couple of hours. (Edit: when it freezes, the speakers play white noise whether the PC was making noise or not)

RAM?

PSU?


I get very confused with the whole RAM / channel thing. I started to understand when I posted a "RAM not at correct speed" and was told it's doubled for DDR2.

I have 4 x 2Gb DDR3 RAM sticks in my 4 slots. Does that mean it's good / bad / ugly to have 3 sticks of RAM? Is all DDR3 triple channel?

Should I be running 3 x 2Gb and watching for crashes? If it crashes, try a different 3 sticks? Should I be running 1 stick and monitoring? TBH, my system regularly uses 60-70% of the RAM so I don't really want to be limping along on 2Gb...*


Is there a RAM test that works inside Win7 as opposed to booting from a disk with the software on it? The reason I ask is I've too much work at the moment to leave the PC running hours of tests without me being able to use it.


Many thanks


*who'd have guessed 5 years ago that someone would say that lol
there are a whole host of reasons why it freezes, first try reinstalling windows if thats no problem than its not windows. then download and run mem86+ if no errors then its not RAM. then run atitool or furmark and if no errors its not the gpu. download hdtune and scan ur hard drive and if thats not the problem its not your hard drive. if all else fails try replacing your psu, if thats not you problem theen it could be your mother board. etc. etc etc.

keep testing each of your components seperating and isolatting them hope it helps.

your welcome.
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