The past two days have been almost as bad as when I owned my Dell. Nothing I do has fixed this. I play Rift mainly, on ultra settings, and have for months now with no issues what so ever. I've cleaned the dust out of the inside of the case, made sure my card fan is spinning, etc. I don't have more than a half hour before my game sound distorts violently, the screen resembles an old TV as you're changing channels, all goes black, and then bam, a BSOD. Sometimes I don't even have time to catch what the heck it says, the times when I do it says SYSTEM_DEVICE_EXCEPTION.
I've updated my graphics card drivers (which caused ANOTHER BSOD), my mouse drivers, my sound drivers, my monitor drivers, I've even scanned and installed all of the windows 7 updates I could find. Absolutely nothing fixes this problem.
I did not spend all this money to have this crap happen to a high end gaming machine. I have tried and failed to run Memtest, so I have NO idea if it is my RAM or not. It refuses to boot from the USB drive I installed it on, and none of the tutorials on how to make it work through the BIOS menu are any load of help at all, telling me to change settings that don't seem to exist in my menu.
At first I thought it was Rift. So I booted up Portal, and I get through the first four test chambers before the game cuts out and my computer restarts itself. I've scanned for viruses, found one corrupt file in my long forgotten copy of Bit Torrent. Having not used it for many years, I cut my losses and uninstalled it. Second virus scan came up clean. I run AVG pro because Norton caused the death of every computer I've seen it installed on. Coupled with Spybot Search and Destroy, I've not had an actual virus since the day I got this machine.
I can browse the internet fine. I watched an hour and a half long youtube video of Stephen Merchant's stand up routine last night on HQ with no issues. I could take my computer to Comp USA and see what their tech guys can do, but I really don't want some chain store kid mucking about in my 1700 dollar machine and voiding the warranty on me. Though I would rather not have to ship it all the way back to Puget for an analysis, as I NEED this computer for my art and design projects regarding my boyfriend's up and coming business. I can't afford to be without this computer for more than a week. I'm afraid to even try to render something in photoshop, even though it's just logos and typography, for fear of another BSOD. This computer is VERY valuable to me and I won't have just anybody tinkering around with it's insides, but it seems I am running out of options.
Should I wing it and buy myself some new RAM and see if that fixes it? Memtest refuses to work, and while I know a lot about what specs make a machine good for gaming, I am NOT comfortable pushing buttons in my BIOS settings when I don't know 100% what they do.
Any advice on how I can get back to gaming and design? Really sick of this. Every single computer I've ever owned has had something go catastrophically wrong at some point or another. T_T Even having one perfectly built by professionals didn't deter my bad luck.
Finally remembered the name of the software that lets me document all of my computer's specs. Attached file report.
Edited by Zehla, 17 March 2012 - 09:44 PM.