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PC has been crashing while playing games for the past 5 months from playing games

I haven't been the happiest camper with my pc, i'm happy with everything about it except the crashing. I have no idea why but after a while of gameplay like in games such as GTA V, Project Cars, and other games that can tax the card crash my PC for what seems to be no reason. I have good airflow the the temps are valid with my CPU's highest temp on load at about 55c and my gpu going from 59-70c. I have also tested my ram with memtest and passed all 4 tests with no errors. I've even reinstalled thermal paste on my GPU just in case and upgraded to Windows 10 thinking it might fix it, but nope it hasn't. I've been dying for an answer to fix this issue because it has been distracting me from other things because of the crashes on video games, please if someone could help me I'd love to know.

My Full Specs:
i5 6600
Asus GTX 970 Strix
WD Caviar blue 1tb
Sandisk ssd 248gb
16gb Corsair Vengeance Ram 2133mhz
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo.
Corsair 600w Semi Modular
Dlink DWA-140 Wireless Adapter
2 extra Cooler Master Fans
NZXT S340
Asus Z170-a
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  1. Describe the crash in detail. e.g. crash to desktop (CTD), blue screen (BSOD), freezes/lock-ups, etc.
  2. which corsair do you have some of them are not the highest quality such as the cx or cx m series. Do you have a way to monitor the power in your system like hw info or hw monitor. If you do take a look at the power. Your temps seem fine. If it shows the power has irregularitys you may want to rma you psu or upgrade to a better one. if your overclocking or gaming its always best to use a tier 1 or tier 2 psu.
    Or that may not be the issue at all but its a place to start.
    You may want to recheck all your drivers also that can cause issues also.
  3. nitrium said:
    Describe the crash in detail. e.g. crash to desktop (CTD), blue screen (BSOD), freezes/lock-ups, etc.


    Freeze, no BSOD or CTD
  4. galeener said:
    which corsair do you have some of them are not the highest quality such as the cx or cx m series. Do you have a way to monitor the power in your system like hw info or hw monitor. If you do take a look at the power. Your temps seem fine. If it shows the power has irregularitys you may want to rma you psu or upgrade to a better one. if your overclocking or gaming its always best to use a tier 1 or tier 2 psu.
    Or that may not be the issue at all but its a place to start.
    You may want to recheck all your drivers also that can cause issues also.


    I have a Corsair 600w CXM. I've also downloaded HWMonitor right now and have no idea how to see if there are any "irregularities". How can I see if something isn't right?
  5. Anonymous said:
    nitrium said:
    Describe the crash in detail. e.g. crash to desktop (CTD), blue screen (BSOD), freezes/lock-ups, etc.

    Freeze, no BSOD or CTD

    Does the sound keep going with a super annoying stutter? Does the PC auto reset, or do you have to hit the reset button?
  6. nitrium said:
    Anonymous said:
    nitrium said:
    Describe the crash in detail. e.g. crash to desktop (CTD), blue screen (BSOD), freezes/lock-ups, etc.

    Freeze, no BSOD or CTD

    Does the sound keep going with a super annoying stutter? Does the PC auto reset, or do you have to hit the reset button?



    Yeah, when it freezes there is a lud buzzing noise and at other times the PC freezes without the noise. Oh, and yes I also have to hit my reset button on my case in order to reboot the PC.
  7. Best answer
    Sounds a lot like a RAM issue to me, even though you say you've tested it with MemTest. Have you tried reseating (i.e. pull them out, and putting them back in) them? If that fails, pull two of the four modules out and see if that helps - if not, swap them with the other two. Also try reseating the GPU. You'd be amazed how often these super simple fixes solve random instability.
    It could potentially be an issue with your memory controller (bad CPU) or motherboard (due to heat or a poor solder joint etc) too, and that is obviously very bad.
  8. open up hw monitor and watch your 5v and 12v lines see if they dip or spike. As mentioned above if its not crashing and just freezing and humming it may be something weird like a sound driver or like nitrium said memory you can pull all the mem modules but one and do some gaming see if the issue starts again if it does swap to another memory module if it onlu does it on certain ones its probably a bad module.
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