BSODs, not sure what's causing them

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user28

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Hello, I've been having a lot of BSODs with my computer. Here are my specs:

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
Memory: OCZ DDR3 1333 2x 2GB
Motherboard: Asus M4A87TD EVO
Video Card: nVidia GeForce GT 430
Power supply: OCZ ModXStream 600W

I've been getting BSODs almost all the time for a while now. When it first started it was mostly when I'm playing games. Sometimes it happened after a few minutes and sometimes after a few hours. There were a just a couple of other times where there was a BSOD while I was doing other things like browsing the web. The errors were usually different but most of the them mentioned the "atikmdag.sys" file. I used to have an ATI video card and thought that was probably what was causing the BSODs so since then I changed it to the nvidia one I currently have. That seemed to fix some of it. The BSODs are much less frequent now and I can go through an entire day or game without one sometimes but they still happen and again it's either during games or randomly like while I'm on YouTube or something. They're still mostly different, I probably had one that mentioned "driver irql not less or equal" and "nvlddmkm" or something like that but it's more often a "system service exception" and mentions "win32k.sys".

I've updated drivers, ran memtest and FurMark and nothing came up. I also upgraded the hard drive and reformatted at some point but this problem was happening before I did that. I'm not OCing and I left everything in the BIOS at the defaults. I did try changing the memory voltages and timings but I don't know if that really helped much. I don't know what else it could be, I'm thinking that maybe it could be the motherboard but I'd like to get some other opinions first. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
 
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Hi try asking phantom 010 to have a look at them he knows more about mini dumps etc
 

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user28, I received your private message.

Two minidumps point to nvlddmkm.sys, a NVIDIA display adapter driver. If you have the latest driver, try uninstalling and reinstalling it. If no luck, try an older version.
 

user28

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Thanks phantom. I've uninstalled, reinstalled, and did try using older drivers and the problem still persists, although still less frequently.

I also get some TDR errors from time to time saying something about the display driver has stopped responding and recovered successfully. It usually mentions the nvidia kernel mode driver. Not sure if this is related to the BSODs in any way, but this also happens occasionally when I play games.
 

user28

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I ran the graphics stress test and didn't come across any problems.

From the link you provided about TDR errors I downloaded and ran Video Memory Stress Test 1.7.116. I'm not sure if I did it incorrectly or not since there weren't really any instructions, I left all the options at the default and when I ran it, it came back with errors. I attached the log file if that'll be of any use.
 

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