What Could Cause This? Freezing after PC Games...

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chibahawk

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Okay so I seem to have this problem with every single PC game I try to play. Basically I'm just trying to focus on possible causes of the problem. When I start a game up, let's say Age Of Empires III, as soon as the intro video comes up I hear some weird clicking or ticking. Then I can play as usual but with the clicking popping up every once in a while.. Then usually after a random amount of time the game will freeze. OR I can actually quit the game and do somethin else for a while but somewhere down the road - my PC freezes.

This happens with every game, more often with more taxing games on my video card. Now I know clicking is usually associated with HDDs but I just dunno about that. I have two HDDs and for example. I had Pirates installed on HDD 1 and had the problem so I wiped the drives clean and installed WinXP and Pirates on the other drive and had the same problem.


1GB Corsair
Barton 3200
9800 Pro Omega Drivers
120GB + 80GB HDDs
MSI K8-n72 delta-l mobo
 
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Hi,

If it were mine, I would monitor the temps from the onboard program for that. You need to do that for at-rest, and for under-stress usage of the computer. While you are at it, take a look at the power that is being put out for each rail on your power supply. That info should help us a lot to see what might be causing the problem.

Almost forgot, talk to us about your power supply including name and wattage. That is also imporant information.
 

chibahawk

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okay first what would be the best program to monitor what you recommended?

also im pretty sure my PSU is just the no name brand that came stock on a $80 case. Im positive that its 450Watts just not sure the name brand..lemme know if youd need the name
 
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Hi,

Most newer motherboards have a program that came with your motherboard disk to monitor things like that. However, if you don't have that, here are a couple of free downloads you might want to try:

Sandra Lite Utility

http://www.download.com/3000-2086-10018691.html

or

Speedfan will tell you the temperatures and a whole lot more. It's free

http://www.sofotex.com/SpeedFan-download_L4655.html

or

http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php


With the power supply, just look on the side and it will tell you the name. Some of them even have the name of the back so you don't have to even take the side of the case off. With the symptoms you are having, that is kind of important to know what kind.
 

chibahawk

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okay so should i actually test the temps and speeds while running the AOE3 game or should I do it running something else?
 
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Hi,

TEst the computer after it has set at rest for a bit, then play any game that puts the computer under stress. I would play the most stressing one that you have. Hope this helps.
 

chibahawk

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hmm def. will try that.. first though

i opened my rig up and re-did some of the wires.. i also realized my cpu fan was on low.. most likely a culprit right?
 
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Hi,

Could be the cause if temps were too high, that is why I recommended that you run the tests to see what temps were.
 

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yep well in any case i played aoe3 twice with no problems and the fan on high

however now the fan is giving me a headache... what would i expect to pay for a good and quiet fan
 
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