My computer started crashing a few weeks ago. A few days ago, it wouldn't boot up at all. When i took it apart, i found that the SATA plugin for power on the HD was broken. I took out the broken HD, and the computer booted just fine (it was a secondary drive, no system files). The crashes however didnt stop.
I monitored my temperatures and found my CPU was running too hot. I replaced the CPU-goo, and started the comp again. It was running 20C lower than before, so I thought my troubles were over. The crashes have stopped, but now I get lockups when I play games.
I ran a stress test on my GPU, nothing appeared broken. Ran a stress test on my CPU in case the heat had fried it... no errors. Ran memtest to see if it was a ram issue... no errors. Monitored my PSU voltage, all clear. Rolled back my graphic drivers (since thats the only thing i remember changing), and still getting the freezes. I ran CCcleaner, defrag, disk scan... I even replaced the battery in my motherboard... still happening.
I have done everything I can short of sacrificing virgins to the PC gods to fix this issue, and nothing is working.
What's is happening is after about 10 minutes in a game, it starts to freeze. Spotify (music streaming service) will start to pause and skip, but my voice chat still works just fine. This will happen for about 5-10 seconds at a time before everything returns to normal. It happens anywhere from 4-10 times an hour.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
message edited by Mekkie