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New computer freezes when I play any game, requiring reboot


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LittleRaven

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First off let me apologize if this is in the wrong forum. I don't know if my problem is software or hardware, but I'm hoping it's software so I'm posting here.

I recently built a new computer specifically for gaming (specs posted below) but it freezes completely while I play any game (Specifically Skyrim or Borderlands 2), requiring a system restart by holding the power button. I've tried everything I can think of. All my drivers are up to date, I've tweaked graphics settings both basic and advanced (such as setting the affinity of the games to just 2 cores, as I have seen suggested online, as well as adjusting the 3D settings in the NVIDIA control panel). I've run memtest86 and the memtest that is on the Windows 7 disc. Reformatted and reinstalled fresh Win 7. System temps are well within limits. There are other things I've tried that I can't think of at the moment, but I've spent a week troubleshooting this problem with zero luck.

Both memtests came back clean, by the way. 0 errors.

If anyone can help me solve this, I would be so grateful!

System Specs
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 Revision 1.1 with BIOS version F8
CPU: AMD FX-8150 3.6GHz Eight Cores
Ram: Corsair DDR3 1600MHz 4x4Gb
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 660
HDD 1: Hitachi 300GB in 2 partitions, Windows on C:
HDD 2: Seagate 2TB
PSU: SilverStone 700W
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starjax

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I quick check shows that there is a new bios update available. Recommend that you perform a bios update.

Are these games installed through Steam?
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After a couple weeks of troubleshooting I finally tracked the problem down. For some odd reason my processor was overclocked by default in the BIOS. I turned that off and all was fixed. It never occurred to me to check that until I found my CPU was overheating, because who sets the processor to overclock as a default setting?

Oh well, it was an easy fix once I figured out what the problem was. I'm just glad I didn't have to replace any hardware.
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