Hello everyone, I've been having a problem with some new parts and although I believe it might be an overheating issue, I was hoping to get some feedback before going further.
I have a ASUS M5A97 mobo with a AMD Phenom II X3 720 processor, and I've concluded that the issue has to do with one of these (or both) parts, because I've put them in 3 completely different configurations thus far and I keep having the same problem regardless.
The issue is that when I'm playing a game, watching Youtube, or running stuff with flash, randomly the sound will become static whitenoise, and the entire computer will slow to a halt over the course of 20 seconds or so, including my mouse and keyboard inputs slowing down until the computer essentially just freezes.
The reason I didn't default to assuming it was an overheating issue is because in the past when I've dealt with overheating computers, they've just immediately shut down instead of slowing to a crash.
Could the processor or mobo be faulty? They run fine if I'm not taxing the system graphically, but unfortunately if they are faulty then it's not going to be something I can fix as I got these a long time ago and just now got around to using them in a build. Should I try underclocking my processor to see if that helps?
Any thoughts and/or advice would be appreciated, thank you.