3 motherboards, 2 processors, 2 different sticks of RAM, 3 sound cards, 3 LAN cards, 3 video cards, 2 power supplies, 3 cd-rom drive, 2 cases, and 2 keyboards. Also, more format and fresh installs than I can count, under Win98, Win2k, and WinXP Pro. About the only thing that I haven't changed has been the mouse (a Microsoft Opitcal Mouse.)
Most games crash with a custom error by the game manufaturer. When it crashes with a Microsoft error, it is invariably a c0000000005 error, with some address of memory being unreadable. MemTest86 has run for more than 24 hours on my RAM without returning a single error, however.
Each of the following accounts for about 25% of the crashes:
1. My screen goes black, however I can still hear game sound. Half the time I can alt+tab to my desktop and restore the game, otherwise I'm forced to reboot.
2. My screen goes black, and my monitor light blinks to indicate it isn't receiving input from the system. This always requires a reboot.
3. A simple "Crash to Desktop" with either a custom game message or the c00000005 crash mentioned above.
4. A blue screen - HOWEVER, the screen is blank, with no text. The color is the same as a standard blue screen. As you would expect, this requires a reboot. Afterward, Windows informs me of the crash, and asks me to submit crash data. If I do, they report that the problem is "Caused by a device driver," however they cannot say which driver.
Windows XP Pro
Asus A7V880 Motherboard w/ AMD Athlon 3000
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128meg (Saphire)
512meg DDR400 RAM (Samsung)
40gb Serial ATA Hard Drive
400watt Power supply
52x CD-R/RW (TDK)
8x DVD-R (Generic)
No floppy drive
Several Aftermarket fans keep the CPU temperature at a constant 41C