Custom Built PC Random freezes are aggravating me!

March 18, 2013 at 08:45:05
Specs: Windows 7 Pro, 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance
I just bought the following items recently:

Intel 3570K CPU
Asus P8Z77-V LX mobo
Gigabyte Radeon 7950 vid card
Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 2x4GB PC3 12800 RAM
Samsung 840 Pro SSD 128GB hard drive
Windows 7 Pro

Parts from old build:
Audigy2 Platinum eX with I/O front drive
PC Power and Cooling 750W Silencer PSU
TSST Corp SH-S203N DVD/CD RW drive

I cant figure it out but ever since I put this build together I have been having random problems. My vid card came with Crysis 3 and Bioshock Infinite, so Ive been playing Crysis 3 alot. The game will randomly freeze and leave a ringing in my headphones. Other times it wont leave the ringing, but it'll freeze. There are times it will do that and I will have to push the power button and reboot and it'll come up and wont recognize the hard drive or wont recognize the cd drive, and then it'll start having problems where im having to restart constantly. I cant put the Sata config on AHCI because it'll freeze and reboot on the "Starting Windows" screen. Im guessing that may be a driver issue there...maybe. Before when I first built the new rig I had my WD Raptor 10k RPM hdd hooked up for extra space, but since all this has been happening I unhooked that to see if it was a problem but all these problems still occur. There have been times where it freezes right when I get into Windows and other times where it freezes in game. I have already tried flashing BIOS to the newest release but that didnt make them go away. I left all the BIOS settings at default except for the sata config and full screen logo disabling. Any ideas as to what may be causing this?

PS It actually just froze when I was typing this the first time and a box came up saying that I had to put atleast 4 words in the "Briefly State Your Problem" field. This time when booted, the sound card has a problem in Device manager stating that it does not have enough free resources., Then it froze again so I rebooted and this time everything was at really low res and it said it installed the video card drivers and such, and then froze and rebooted with artifacts in the video, then I had to power off again because it got stuck at a black screen, and it booted like normal. SO far it has frozen and rebooted 4-5 times since this post.

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March 18, 2013 at 11:49:49
For starters, your SSD is too small to be the lone drive & you should enable ACHI. Do you plan on installing a conventionall HDD for your programs & data storage?

Also, try temporarily removing the soundcard & enabling the onboard audio.

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March 18, 2013 at 13:18:01
From Jayfaas:

I dont require that much space. I dont store alot of things on my pc so 128gb is fine. I actually set the windows partition to i believe 40 gb and the rest is for whatever. I havent tried the sound card thing yet. Im wondering if its the psu because the only reason i upgraded from the last pc was because it was randomly rebooting. For the last two hours ive been playing Crysis 3 just fine without problems.

Jayfass. Post you comments in this thread. It is doesn't mean anything when it detached from the original.


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March 18, 2013 at 13:31:09
Sorry didnt realize i did that. Also i said in the original post that if i enable AHCI it will just reboot at the "starting Windows" screen

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March 19, 2013 at 20:47:56
I believe that on many systems you have to have AHCI enabled when you install Windows, changing it later is not as easy. If I remember correctly, there is an article about doing it on Microsoft's site with the details.

It does begin to sound like your power supply is the problem so If you have another one you can substitute in, it will help you be able to tell.

Boot into BIOS and check your temperatures there and check your actual voltages there. The temps must be reasonable and your voltages must be within 5% of their nominal values (ie: 12Volts +/- 5%, etc.). Post results.
The temps and voltages may help you/us decide where the problem is.

Boot into Safe Mode and download your drivers again from each component manufacture's site and install them.

If you do not get freezing in BIOS and Safe Mode (assuming that temps and volts are within range), it is very possible that it is driver or software related. Of course, it the problem only comes up under high video load, it may still be power supply related.

Install HWMonitor to give you are real time reading on these from within Windows to see how things change over time and with increased load. Report numbers at idle, 10 minutes of normal use, and after 10 minutes of gaming.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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March 25, 2013 at 09:15:23
I have checked all the voltages in BIOS with no irregularities. When I thought the temp thing was a problem, I put a huge box fan right next to the computer blowing in with the side off and still did it. Im thinking the power supply may just have a problem where it spikes or drops voltage just long enough to fail and reboot but I dont know how to check that. Couldnt the drop in power also cause it to freeze? There are times when I boot and it doesnt want to show the hard drive in BIOS, but I would hate to think its the hard drive. Its a Samsung 840 Pro that I just bought brand new with this build. The only reason I feel its the PSU is because my last build with the WD Raptor had almost the same problem but it was just rebooting with no warning or BSOD.

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