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Windows 7 crashes when playing games


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Ok. I built my system, and it ran great for 6 or 7 months. I played DDO and Civilization IV on it for quite a while. Now, all of the sudden, it will not run Civ or DDO. It just freezes. The music continues to play, and the screen is just locked. THEN, I loaded Starcraft II. It is exhibiting the same problem. What is interesting is that SCII would play for a couple of hours before it locked. Now, it only takes a matter of minutes. When I reinstall SCII, it goes back to hours before locking, then gradually returns to minutes before locking. Same with Civ. DDO I just blew away off my system. Please help, someone?

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Intel i7-920
EVGA X58 SLI
BFG MaxCore 55 NVidia GTX 260
3GB OCZ Gold Series RAM
850w Corsair PSU
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Download, and install SpeedFan: http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php
Post your computer temperatures:

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Post two sets of results, one when computer idle and another one, when attempting to play some game.
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Ok,

Idle temps:

GPU: 44C
Temp1: 25C
Temp2: 55C
Temp3: 31C
Core0: 40C
Core1: 40C
Core2: 38C
Core3: 38C
Core4: 41C
Core5: 41C
Core6: 36C
Core7: 36C

Ok. I will try a game (I KNOW I will crash, so I'll post this and get back to ya...

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Try to just watch SpeedFan, when starting the game and see how the numbers are.
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Numbers didn't move (Maybe one or two deg. total on any one reading). Computer froze. Mouse stopped on screen, and Civ locked. Music continued to play. Arg. Frustrating.

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Must be something else then....
I still treat your video card as the main suspect, since it happens with games only.

Did you try to reinstall video driver?
Any chance to borrow another video card from a friend and see, if same thing happens?
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Same with Starcraft II. I can play older games, like Mechwarrior 3 and Baldurs Gate with no lockups whatsoever. That has been the case thus far.
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I have tried drivers, but am willing to try again.
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We posted at the same time, so what about my previous reply?
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After rethinking, I doubt, it's a driver issue, since other games are working.
Could be also failing PSU.
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Well, I reinstalled the driver, and it crashed in Civ (not even 30 sec.). I started runnint a utility called OCCT, and am running the GPU stress test. The GPU gets up to 85C and the fan starts kicking up, but the computer is still working (hence my ability to post currently). Could it be .net framework or directx files that are causing the issue?

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I doubt, because it looks like crashes occurs only with demanding programs.
I'd vote for failing video card, or failing PSU.
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So how do I test the PSU theory without buying a new PSU?
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I'm not a hardware guy, so you'd have to start a new topic in hardware forum.
The easiest way, would be to borrow another PSU with a good wattage, from a friend and see.
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When I run OCCT to load up the PSU, it runs fine. The CPU is loaded to 100% using a Linpack test and the GPU runs at 125 fps displaying a hugely complex fractal, the GPU is running at 80C and the Cores are running at 58C. But it doesn't fail.
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