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BSOD (Only occurs whilst gaming)

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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 64-bit

    BSOD (Only occurs whilst gaming)


    Okay so I've had my computer for about 8-10months now, I built it myself (for gaming) and over the past 2 months or so I have been getting the blue screen but it only occurs whilst playing games. It has occurred on these games; GTA IV, Arma 2: DayZ mod, GRID2 and a few others. I often monitor my PC using HWMonitor to check the temperatures and my CPU and GPU have never gone above 70 degrees. I also have 2 monitors that I always use, 1 with a game on and another with other applications I use such as Twitter, HWMonitor, Skype, TS, netflix, youtube etc etc.

    About a week ago I re-installed Windows completely in an attempt to fix it but had no luck, no BSOD occurred for about 4-5 days and then out of nowhere it happened, followed by the next day and then about 3 days after that (today). There is also no known thing that sets off the BSOD, I could play the same game for a few hours and completely out of the blue up comes the BSOD. I have never had the BSOD when on desktop applications or programs, just whilst playing a game. I have attached my Memory dump file (zip) but I have no clue how to look for the problem, can anyone help?

    My system

    Asus M5 A97 2.0
    AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz (standard clock) with Hyper TX3 Cooler
    8GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
    1TB HDD
    AMD 7870 2GB OC edition
    600W ATX novatech PSU
    Corsair cooler master elite 430
    1 x 140mm front fan (pulling air in)
    2 x 120mm back fan and side window fan (extracting air)

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    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Any overclocking involved here?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 64-bit


    None by me or anyone else, but my graphics card is an OC edition. Link to it here with specification - MSI AMD Radeon HD 7870 OC 2GB GDDR5 | R7870-2GD5T/OC
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    OK; good! Hang in there and one of our BSOD gurus will be along to help as time permits so be patient.
    Good luck.
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    Basing my opinion on your system, I think you have heat related problem, That processor cooler is too small. You need something better than that. I would not go lover than CM Hyper 612s Evo, even without or very little OC. Most of the times when there are delayed troubles after prolonged heavy use, heat is the problem. Use a program like SpeedFan or Hardware Monitor to check temperatures continuously but based on my experience TX3 is no mach for FX 8350.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Thanks for the reply, I often monitor my PC using HWMonitor whilst playing games (under heavy load) and like I said in my original post my CPU has never gone about 70 degrees celsius. Which I think is about average, especially under load.
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  7. #7


    Sorry but 70c is just too much, 55 should be your goal with eventually 65 for short time on very OCd processor. This is not an Intel which can see 70s C often.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Okay, do you think I should get some better cooling for my case and a new cpu fan?
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  9. #9


    An air cooler for the CPU with 6 pipes and 120mm fans, not less then CM hyper 212s Evo. For CM Hyper 612 Evo I can vouch that can handle FX 8350 up to 4.5 GHz because I installed few of them at those speeds. Above 4.5 GHz OC water cooling would be advisable.
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    Posts : 8
    Windows 8 64-bit


    Okay thanks for the help, I will give that a go (air cooling) and hopefully it will stop my BSOD occurring
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