PC freezes while playing games

I bought and assembled a pc for gaming. When i used to play games, the pc would freeze without any errors or bsod untill i hard reset it. It just freezes suddenly. I sold of my gpu thinking that it was the gpu's fault. Tried a friends gpu, still the same thing. So i gave up.
After around 6 months, i bought another one, still the same problem. I bought a card this time that didn't need a 6pin power connector. I have reinstalled windows, all drivers so i am confident its not a software problem, could you guys help me pinpoint where exactly is the problem. My specs are :-
AMD FX 8350
MSI 970 G motherboard
Corsair vengeance 8gb ddr3
Corsair VS650 watt psu
WD blue 1tb hd
Geforce 1050ti
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  1. To me it sounds like its the Power supply. I have a dead VS650 right next to me as I write this. They're not great quality.

    Try another power supply.
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  2. Do you only experience issues when trying to play games? If so, then I'd suspect the power supply isn't able to deal with the increased voltages wattage the card needs under load. If the graphics card circuity isn't getting enough electricity it can bring a system down.

    If it crashes randomly and outside gaming, then it could be something else. You eliminated drivers and the graphics card which is important info.
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  3. miggtt699 said:
    To me it sounds like its the Power supply. I have a dead VS650 right next to me as I write this. They're not great quality.

    Try another power supply.


    I swapped the psu for a cooler master 550watt psu, which was fully working before. The problem is still there, even after changing it.
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  4. jr9 said:
    Do you only experience issues when trying to play games? If so, then I'd suspect the power supply isn't able to deal with the increased voltages wattage the card needs under load. If the graphics card circuity isn't getting enough electricity it can bring a system down.

    If it crashes randomly and outside gaming, then it could be something else. You eliminated drivers and the graphics card which is important info.


    It happens only while playing games, changed the psu, still the same
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  5. So we can cross PSU and GPU off the list, which are the 2 most likely culprits. The next two things I would try would be:

    a). Run Memtest to make sure that your RAM is OK.
    b). Update your BIOS. It will make sure it can support your particular FX chip (your board doesn't natively support it fully in some cases) and clear any possible erroneous BIOS configs like bad overclocks or voltage settings.
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  6. jr9 said:
    So we can cross PSU and GPU off the list, which are the 2 most likely culprits. The next two things I would try would be:

    a). Run Memtest to make sure that your RAM is OK.
    b). Update your BIOS. It will make sure it can support your particular FX chip (your board doesn't natively support it fully in some cases) and clear any possible erroneous BIOS configs like bad overclocks or voltage settings.





    I ran memtest for around 8 hrs. There were 0 errors.
    One thing i noticed when i opened hardware monitor while playing. The cpu core temperature was 77c on stock cooler. Is the problem because of that? As for bios, i will check that too.
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  7. kjmedhi said:
    jr9 said:
    So we can cross PSU and GPU off the list, which are the 2 most likely culprits. The next two things I would try would be:

    a). Run Memtest to make sure that your RAM is OK.
    b). Update your BIOS. It will make sure it can support your particular FX chip (your board doesn't natively support it fully in some cases) and clear any possible erroneous BIOS configs like bad overclocks or voltage settings.





    I ran memtest for around 8 hrs. There were 0 errors.
    One thing i noticed when i opened hardware monitor while playing. The cpu core temperature was 77c on stock cooler. Is the problem because of that? As for bios, i will check that too.


    That temp a bit high. It's something to look into for sure. If it crashes at about the same temp, it could be that the processor is getting too hot and throttling. If you don't have good airflow, it can make it worst. Try playing a game and keeping an eye on your temps. Stock coolers are like the bare minimum for cooling I find and it makes things worst if you make a mistake with the stock cooler installation like too much paste.
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  8. jr9 said:
    kjmedhi said:
    jr9 said:
    So we can cross PSU and GPU off the list, which are the 2 most likely culprits. The next two things I would try would be:

    a). Run Memtest to make sure that your RAM is OK.
    b). Update your BIOS. It will make sure it can support your particular FX chip (your board doesn't natively support it fully in some cases) and clear any possible erroneous BIOS configs like bad overclocks or voltage settings.





    I ran memtest for around 8 hrs. There were 0 errors.
    One thing i noticed when i opened hardware monitor while playing. The cpu core temperature was 77c on stock cooler. Is the problem because of that? As for bios, i will check that too.


    That temp a bit high. It's something to look into for sure. If it crashes at about the same temp, it could be that the processor is getting too hot and throttling. If you don't have good airflow, it can make it worst. Try playing a game and keeping an eye on your temps. Stock coolers are like the bare minimum for cooling I find and it makes things worst if you make a mistake with the stock cooler installation like too much paste.



    First of all, thank you so much for the prompt responses and for helping me out.
    Doesn't throttling the cpu means the clock speed lowers and so the fps in games, sometimes shutting the pc down? Does it also lead to freezing like in my case?
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  9. kjmedhi said:
    jr9 said:
    kjmedhi said:
    jr9 said:
    So we can cross PSU and GPU off the list, which are the 2 most likely culprits. The next two things I would try would be:

    a). Run Memtest to make sure that your RAM is OK.
    b). Update your BIOS. It will make sure it can support your particular FX chip (your board doesn't natively support it fully in some cases) and clear any possible erroneous BIOS configs like bad overclocks or voltage settings.





    I ran memtest for around 8 hrs. There were 0 errors.
    One thing i noticed when i opened hardware monitor while playing. The cpu core temperature was 77c on stock cooler. Is the problem because of that? As for bios, i will check that too.


    That temp a bit high. It's something to look into for sure. If it crashes at about the same temp, it could be that the processor is getting too hot and throttling. If you don't have good airflow, it can make it worst. Try playing a game and keeping an eye on your temps. Stock coolers are like the bare minimum for cooling I find and it makes things worst if you make a mistake with the stock cooler installation like too much paste.



    First of all, thank you so much for the prompt responses and for helping me out.
    Doesn't throttling the cpu means the clock speed lowers and so the fps in games, sometimes shutting the pc down? Does it also lead to freezing like in my case?


    When a processor gets too hot, it slows itself down to protect itself from damage. The next step is a total system shutdown. I've seen a video where people took the CPU cooler of old Pentium processors. After 2 seconds, the game would lock up as the processor overheated.

    I would try running the system with no side panel to eliminate airflow issues. I'd also consider redoing the paste and cooler if that doesn't help. Too much paste is basically an insulator. On an FX processor use a center dot on the CPU cap if you are using arctic silver, about the size of a pea but less than a Hershey kiss.
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  10. jr9 said:
    kjmedhi said:
    jr9 said:
    kjmedhi said:
    jr9 said:
    So we can cross PSU and GPU off the list, which are the 2 most likely culprits. The next two things I would try would be:

    a). Run Memtest to make sure that your RAM is OK.
    b). Update your BIOS. It will make sure it can support your particular FX chip (your board doesn't natively support it fully in some cases) and clear any possible erroneous BIOS configs like bad overclocks or voltage settings.





    I ran memtest for around 8 hrs. There were 0 errors.
    One thing i noticed when i opened hardware monitor while playing. The cpu core temperature was 77c on stock cooler. Is the problem because of that? As for bios, i will check that too.


    That temp a bit high. It's something to look into for sure. If it crashes at about the same temp, it could be that the processor is getting too hot and throttling. If you don't have good airflow, it can make it worst. Try playing a game and keeping an eye on your temps. Stock coolers are like the bare minimum for cooling I find and it makes things worst if you make a mistake with the stock cooler installation like too much paste.



    First of all, thank you so much for the prompt responses and for helping me out.
    Doesn't throttling the cpu means the clock speed lowers and so the fps in games, sometimes shutting the pc down? Does it also lead to freezing like in my case?


    When a processor gets too hot, it slows itself down to protect itself from damage. The next step is a total system shutdown. I've seen a video where people took the CPU cooler of old Pentium processors. After 2 seconds, the game would lock up as the processor overheated.

    I would try running the system with no side panel to eliminate airflow issues. I'd also consider redoing the paste and cooler if that doesn't help. Too much paste is basically an insulator. On an FX processor use a center dot on the CPU cap if you are using arctic silver, about the size of a pea but less than a Hershey kiss.


    Ok, so i basically got a new cpu cooler, applied thermal paste, and ran a game. Still the same. Time to throw the pc.
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