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Computer freezes during gaming. Manually turn off computer

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Karlsen93, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. Karlsen93

    Karlsen93 Thread Starter

    Nov 30, 2012
    As the title said, my computer freezes during games. When it freezes the screen just stop at the last frame (so no black screen or anything like that) and I can hear the game for about a second before it turns to a low clicking sound. At which point I have to manually shut down the computer and restart it. Nothing else works. Then I get the usual question of how I want to start the computer, I always pick “start normally” and it’s like it never happened.

    I think it’s because the GPU is overheating, because that’s the only component that’s really hot. When I check the temp while playing it’s usually building up to about 60C (24-30C on idle) and stays around that number. And it fells really hot when I touch it after it’s happened. The only problem with that theory is that I can play every game out there usually on the best setting (haven’t tried every powerful game out there) and not a single problem with lag or such. Then again, I’ve never had that problem with MW3, and the temp stays around 50C on that. Not to say that the GPU is really that great. It’s average at best, but I’m not a hardcore gamer or anything so figured I didn’t need the best.
    I built the computer myself in June 2011. And it went fine without any problems until maybe 6 months ago, not really sure when it happened.

    Here’s what I’ve done so far
    I’ve cleaned every component in my computer, so not a dust problem.
    I’ve applied new thermal paste on both my CPU (did it the second I opened the box) and my GPU (a few days ago.)
    I installed new fans to get better airflow, it’s a freaking storm down there, if it’s at max. It didn’t help at all. That’s mostly the reason I made this post. To see if I have placed the fans for optimal intake and exhaust airflow in the case itself. Possible get some tips on how to lower the temp on the GPU.
    Updated drivers and other software multiple times.
    Reformatted the whole hard drive, multiple times, to no effect.

    Case: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advanced
    PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro M700 700W
    RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600MHz 8GB CL9
    GPU: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560Ti 1GB PhysX
    CPU: Intel Core i5 Quad Processor i5-2500K
    CPU heatsink: Noctua NH-U12P SE2 CPU Kjøler
    Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 B3, Socket-1155
    Hard drive: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB
    Have some other hardware In there, but don’t see how a few extra hard drives, fan controller, disk drive etc. can have anything to do with my problem.

    Intake 1: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm
    Intake 2: Noctua NF-P14 FLX 140mm
    Intake 3: Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm
    Exhaust 1: Noctua NF-P12 120mm
    Exhaust 2: PSU fan, obviously also an intake fan

    Push and pull on the CPU heatsink, pulling air towards and out through the rear fan.

    Here’s some pictures I uploaded on imageshack to better illustrate my computer
    1. http://img268.imageshack.us/img268/3985/showingfans.jpg
    2. http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/4079/img0244lu.jpg
    3. http://imageshack.us/a/img853/3321/img0251j.jpg
    4. http://imageshack.us/a/img507/2985/img0245sh.jpg

    Any help would be appreciated, as I am at a loss here. Simply don't know what I can do. Don't want to buy something new and find out that wasn't the problem.

    Edit: Running Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
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