Custom-build PC crashes while playing games

By ChrisWness
Jan 31, 2010
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  1. Hey there,

    I am having a problem with my custom-built PC which has been occurring since I first assembled it. The unit operates completely fine when running normal activities i.e. surfing the web, writing a word document, writing music etc. but whenever I go to play any game (examples include MW2, WiC and FarCry 2), more often than not, I get a complete system crash. Everything will lock up - audio, video, control.. and the only way to get out of it is to pull the plug out! I tried updating the graphics drivers which works for a while but the problem persists.

    Because it's a custom-build, I can't ring up the manufacturer and ask for advice so I was helping someone here would be able to offer some advice? Below are my specs as best as I can remember. Thanks guys :)



    3.0Ghz Intel Duo Core
    nVidia nforce 750iSLI
    DDR2 4GB
    nVidia Geforce 9800GT
    SB X-Fi + Logitech Z4 2.1 Speakers
    500GB + 500GB External hard drives
    BD Rom + DVD/CD RW drives
    Windows 7 Home Premium
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,410   +213

    The reset button doesn't work? What is the motherboard make and model? You only gave the chipset maker. How are your temperatures? Any overheating issues?
  3. ChrisWness

    ChrisWness Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    The case I bought doesn't have a reset button, but the only the motherboard information I have is what I've given; the installation disc however gives me Asus P5N-D if that's any help?

    I have a fan on the processor and a fan on the case but it might be something to do with overheating. For example, right now I'm doing nothing but my CPU usage is showing 53% :/
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,410   +213

    Yes, that is the motherboard make and model. When it crashes, how long into the game does it take to do so?

    Go to this website and download the freeware SIW: http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html. I recommend the standalone version so you don't have to install anything. Run the program and from the column on the left click on "Sensors" to get a reading on what your temperatures are. If you can run a game for a few minutes first, you might get a better picture of how hot things are getting.
  5. ChrisWness

    ChrisWness Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    It varies.. but I'd say no more than 10 minutes usually..

    OK, I'll give that a go - thanks!
  6. vectorsigma32

    vectorsigma32 Newcomer, in training Posts: 156

    Wat sort of psu do u hav ?
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