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    Default Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    As you may know or remember that I built my computer just over 14months ago.
    Everything was fine apart from one thing which I never really fixed as I didn't see it as a big problem. But now I'm giving/selling my computer away so I'd like to fix it before I build a new one.

    The problem is the computer just suddenly stops responding like it crashes. The monitor goes to no-signal and the keyboard doesn't work (caps/num lock light doesn't change when I hit the key)
    Everything inside the case is still running like the fan etc.

    It isn't really an overclocking problem because it still does the same, even at stock setting without any bios tweaking.
    Atm, the computer hasn't restarted for at least a week (at 3.2Ghz) but I know for sure it will do it again in the near future and really want to fix it.

    In case specs are needed here are some of it it:
    CPU = Q6600
    Mobo = Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R
    GPU = GTX 260
    PSU = BFG (not sure model but 850W)

    The temps idle is around 27-35

    I was thinking it would be a PSU or either the motherboard problem but not fully sure.

    Thanks for any help/info

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    Default Re: Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    Run Memtest yet? I'd guess either RAM or bad VGA, assuming no other card in use.
    Better fill your signature with the complete system spec so that others can better help.
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    Default Re: Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    I am sure that it wont be the RAM because I've tried memtest before with all passes. I have also replaced them with some corsair dominator 2x2GB and still had a problem before I returned them.
    I'll fill my sig in. (I have actually got it posted somewhere anyway, just a case of copy/paste)

    Bad VGA as in the graphics card or one slot of the graphics card? Because I've tried another monitor before.
    Doubt its the OS because it started with XP and then vista and now windows 7.
    Last edited by Leungwk01; 11-18-2009 at 12:37 AM.

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    Default Re: Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    Sig updated
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    Default Re: Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    i know that sound blaster software can cause alot of crashes,try updating to latest soundcard drivers
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    Default Re: Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    I'll like to add that the sound card was only added recently. So its not to do with that but thanks anyway.

    Things added recently was SSD, sound card, antec 1200 and maybe more but can't think of it.
    The original components which I first got and which had the problem were:
    Q6600, GTX260, PSU, Mobo, 1TB HD, RAM.

    So it'll be either the components above. I came to the conclusion its either the PSU or mobo. Doubt its the other components but I could well be wrong.

    What I'm waiting now is for my computer to have the same problem so I can post you guys what it says in event viewer.
    I looked around before and it maybe something like power kernal.
    Last edited by Leungwk01; 11-18-2009 at 05:42 AM.
    Gigabyte EP35C-DS3R
    Intel core 2 quad Q6600 OC@3.2GHz
    Nvidia GTX 260
    6GB OCZ DDR2 PC2 6400
    850W BFG PSU (will replace to corsair 850 later)
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion
    Corsair 64GB X64 SSD
    WD 1TB HD
    Antec 1200
    Arctic freezer 7

    Windows 7 x64

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    Default Re: Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    Try what the 1st post said and run memtest. See what it tells you.
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    Default Re: Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    If you think the PSU is the problem you can test it with a multimeter or if you have another one you can try.

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    Default Re: Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    Quote Originally Posted by Leungwk01 View Post
    I am sure that it wont be the RAM because I've tried memtest before with all passes. I have also replaced them with some corsair dominator 2x2GB and still had a problem before I returned them.
    I'll fill my sig in. (I have actually got it posted somewhere anyway, just a case of copy/paste)

    Bad VGA as in the graphics card or one slot of the graphics card? Because I've tried another monitor before.
    Doubt its the OS because it started with XP and then vista and now windows 7.
    Bad VGA as in the card. I've known a couple of cases where cards caused hard crashes like yours although not many.
    PSU problem could also cause something like that. Better do what Conners say and grab a multimeter.
    Also, do the crashes happen when the system is already warm or when it's cold too? Anything overheating?
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    Default Re: Help on Computer/Partly Overclocking

    @henson - There's no need for a memtest because it started when the RAM was new. Also I brought some corsair dominator as I thought that was the problem but it wasn't because the problem still exist with the new RAM. Therefore problem lies somewhere else unless I'm unlucky to have 6 faulty RAMs....(tried with 1 stick of RAM)

    @conners - The PSU could be changed but they aren't really cheap for a half decent brand. However since I'll be building a new I7 build it's going to be quite inconvenient – I will have no time to fit the PSU in. (They’re picking up the computer while shipping my components to me.....)

    @EekTheCat – So it may even be my graphics card.... That is something I don’t intend to replace if I’m honest.
    I don’t think the crash has anything to do with the temperature because it can be underload with temperature of 55 Max, and still not crash but it can crash when the temps are idle at 35. (The temps are on 3.2Ghz, so on stock it will likely 47max, 30idle)
    Using rainmeter, it stated that my computer has been on for 18hours for general work and gaming but next day it can crash in under 30mins.

    On the test with multimeter, any recommendation for which would be a decent one?
    And this guide would be enough to test?
    Code:
     http://www.driverheaven.net/guides/testingPSU/

    PS: Its going to be hard to see if its the PSU when I decide to replace it seeing as the computer hasn't crashed or anything for the past 10 days....weird.
    Last edited by Leungwk01; 11-18-2009 at 02:06 PM.
    Gigabyte EP35C-DS3R
    Intel core 2 quad Q6600 OC@3.2GHz
    Nvidia GTX 260
    6GB OCZ DDR2 PC2 6400
    850W BFG PSU (will replace to corsair 850 later)
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion
    Corsair 64GB X64 SSD
    WD 1TB HD
    Antec 1200
    Arctic freezer 7

    Windows 7 x64

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