Hello I'm new to posting on overclock.net, but anyways here is my failing pc story. (Hopefully this is the correct place for this thread)
TLTR: I get (micro-)freezes and this might have resulted I my most recent BSOD.
I've had 3 BSODs in total. I guess this is after I formatted my pc as I dont think Blue Screen Viewer can get at BSOD information from an older windows 7 install.
1st BSOD 21-7-2013 21:55:35:
2nd BOSD 29-7-2013 20:40:29:
With the 2nd BOSD I also got a red line in the Filename List.
3rd BOSD 16-8-2013 21:38:49 (most recent):
My PC specs:
AMD FX-8350 4.0 Ghz (OC'ed to 4.1 GHz for stability)
Gelid Solutions Tranquillo Rev.2
8GB DDR3 Kingston
Cooler Master GX Lite 600W
500GB HDD 7200RPM WD SATA600
From the following thread I've gotten some useful information about BSODs. http://www.overclock.net/t/1308966/recurring-bsod-caused-by-ntoskrnl-exe
As I understand from that thread it could be a faulty driver or it could be hardware related. It's not certain what the cause is.
For me though the main problem are the (micro-)freezes. The most recent BSOD occurred from state a what I thought was another freeze but took so long that my PC just shut down and restarted itself. Without actually showing me a blue screen.
First I ran Intel Burn Test on 'High 10 runs' and on 'Very High 15 runs'. No error and success. I also watched my CPU usage/temp and core speeds while playing Bf3. Nothing changed there when I got the micro freezes.
I tested my HDD with HD Tune Pro v3.50 and it turned out OK.
I've done Memtest x86 and let it run for 4 hrs with no error.
Then also, like explained in the linked thread above, I enabled Driver Verifier which has been enabled for a few hours now. The interesting thing here is that when I started playing Bf3 again my frames got chopped in half or something. Normally i get a steady 100+ fps, but after enabling Driver Verifier I only get 50-70 fps. Could this mean that either my GPU driver or my GPU is faulty?
I get freezes ingame, but also outside of the game, while browser the web for instance. A reoccurring freeze is when I open Origin. Most times my pc freezes for about 10 secs when I open Origin. This seems to be a more common problem for Origin users, but I thought I'd just mention it. I have added Origin as exception on Firewall. I don't have any Anti-Virus software besides Windows Essentials. Personally I doubt I have a virus.
Some additional information, don't know if this is relevant or not:
Around 7-7-2013 I replaced my GPU. From a HD6850 to a GTX 560Ti.
Around 10-7-2013 I replaced my CPU. Before I had a FX-4100. Installed my new FX-8350 with stock cooler.
Around 6-8-2013 I replaced the stock cooler with Gelid Solutions Tranquillo Rev.2 (after market CPU cooler)
*After I installed this after market cooler though some problems started to arrive. I got massive CPU spikes resulting in my ingame's fps dropping to 20fps. I thought I wrongly applied to cooling paste (I spread it to the edges of the cpu, cpu was in socket though). So I remove a bit and let the majority of the paste in the middle, so it can naturally spread. Tried again , but still same problem. Someone helped me and it turned out my CPU was downclocking itself. So I set my core speed manually to 4.1 Ghz and turned off AMD Turbo Core Technology which is a feature that does this downclocking thing automatically to spare some energy or something like that.
- What can cause my (micro-)freezes?
- Does it relate to me Blue-screening?
- Why, with Driver Verifier, is my ingame fps so low?
- What's more likely: Hardware or Software?
Thanks in advance