|First, full system specs:|
Intel i7 2600k @ 3.4ghz Stock
8gb G.Skill DDR3 2133
2x Gigabyte GTX 560 1gb in SLI
Creative X-fi XtremeGamer Sound Card
ASrock Extreme4 B3 Motherboard
Within the last month my system has been hard locking up during gameplay. The sound doesn't loop. I will just usually hear the background music playing. But the PC requires a hard reset to get it out.
I've had the freeze happen within 5 minutes. But it usually doesn't happen for several hours. 2-6 hours to be precise.
My instinct tells me it's a hardware issue, but I will tell you the things I have tried.
(Event Viewer lists nothing but me turning the power off.)
From what I can tell my PC is running within acceptable heat levels. The graphics cards don't exceed 70c and neither does the CPU.
My first thought was it was probably a RAM issue. So I upgraded, switching my 8gb of DDR3 1600, to my now 8gb of DDR3 2133. The issue didn't change.
Next I just happen to have a friend with the exact same 2 graphics card as me, so I swapped with him. The issue didn't change.
I updated my Bios drivers and set defaults. I also played with the memory timing to get it set to factory listed. No change.
My graphics card drivers are 301.42 which as of typing this is the latest non-beta Nvidia driver.
I also updated my motherboard drivers and updated Windows 7 completely.
Upon my scouring of the internet for this problem, I did find someone talking about how he had the same issue as me, and found it to be caused by a conflict between Windows Media Center and some kind of codec.
This makes a bit of sense to me, because this started right after I spent 2 days hammering my head against a wall trying to get Windows Media Center to work with my Xbox. (I was successful)
So I uninstalled Windows Media Center. I went nearly 4 days without another lock up since it usually happened several times per day, I thought my problem was solved. Until now when I locked up in Skyrim in the same way.
So this is what my thoughts are on the culprit:
Failing Power Supply.
Software error / conflict.
If anyone has any information that may help, I'm all ears.