The issue: When playing certain games, or having certain installers running, the sound stops and the screen freezes. Being left like this for a few minutes gives no change. Requires a restart using the button on front of the case.
Details: This error occurs when playing the following games at any graphical settings:
- Neverwinter Nights 2
- Kerbal Space Program (both 32 and 64 bit)
- Mount and Blade: Warband
- Mount and Blade: With Fire and sword.
This error also occurs while running Final Fantasy XXIV updater.
The error does NOT occur with the following games, even at high/maximal graphics settings:
- The Witcher 3
- Dota 2
- For Honor
- Stellaris (even 8 hour long games work fine)
- Crusader Kings II
- Europa Universalis
- Star Trek Online
- Space Station 13
- The Sims 3
- The Sims Medieval
- Occurs mainly after reloading multiple times in KSP, a long continuous mission doesn't cause it.
- In NWN2, occurs mainly when updating a server or after transitioning to a new map
- In Mount and Blade (both), it occurs only on the overland map, never mid battle.
- WhoCrashed is empty.
- After some of these blackouts, I found temporary settings have reset for a number of applications.
- Hardware-wise, I had a lightning fry my motherboard, RAM, PSU and GPU. I replaced those. Kept CPU, HDD and SSD. No errors occurred since.
- I am only using my HDD, my SSD is kept as a backup drive in sense of "if my HDD dies, I will install windows on SSD" and is not formatted at all.
- Had a few total blackouts in my village over the winter. When I rebooted after such an outage, my fans whirred a bit more loudly than they should have.
- Sometimes fans spin up real fast on boot up, after some recent black outs again, but calm down once the OS loads.
Originally, I thought it was overheating or PSU unable to provide power, but with how taxing Witcher 3, For Honor and Warframe are graphically, I'm inclined to believe otherwise.
Then I thought it had to be CPU, but Paradox titles are known for being CPU intensive, especially lategame. This doesn't seem to be the case either.
I'm suspecting it to be the RAM, the windows installation itself or my hard drive.
I could test my HDD/windows by installing it onto my SSD separately and trying games that way, but I'm unsure if I can install windows twice on the same PC using the same CD key.
Do you guys have any advice? Is it possible to try what I am thinking? I only have Win8 installation media, and don't have a spare disk of sufficient size to make an installer, and my pendrive only has 4 GBs.
System specs are attached.
http://speccy.pirifo...sTRWjdZdfpQDWAh- online version
Edit by phillpower2: Removed members Windows product key from attachment for security.