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Old 04-26-2014, 03:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: Computer locking up, possible overheating??

I would put money on the fact that your motherboard does not officially support your CPU and that it only supports up to 140w TDP processors. The VRMs are probably cooking causing you to freeze. Typically if an Nvidia card crashes due to heat or being unstable the driver crashes resetting the settings and puts you on the desktop. What you're explaining is pretty much what happens when you're having issues with RAM, CPU, or the motherboard. The massive flux in ambient temp would make a serious difference to passively cooled VRMs on the motherboard.

Personally, I would take your whole machine back to whoever you bought it from and use that money to build you a system that is a bit more balanced.
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