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Old 07-15-2011, 09:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default MSI 870A-G54 AM3 motherboard going bad?

I built my computer about a year ago and I haven't had any real issues with it until now.

I got Battlefield BC2 on Steam and Since I started playing it'll play fine for about an hour to two hours then all of a sudden my computer will completely lock up. I can't do Ctrl+Alt+Del and no matter what I press nothing on the screen changes. The sound basically cuts out when it happens. The only way to get it working again is to power cycle it. I haven't had it do this doing anything besides playing battlefield. I checked Event Viewer and the only thing it mentioned was the computer being shut down improperly.

I've run memtest86 and everything checked out. so I don't think it's the RAM. The Power Supply seems fine too.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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First culprit, heat. Get HWMonitor and give us a screenshot.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That 6850 is a little hot on stock. Did you clean out the graphic's heatsink recently?
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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whoops left my overclock on. I've tried it at stock speeds before and it froze as well.
After roughly 20 mins of Battlefield
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/...742/HWload.png
I forgot to set it back to stock for this ^
Here's my overclock.
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Do you have the latest driver for your card? And do you have the latest patches for battlefield?
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yes and yes.
Downloaded newest graphics driver this week and I bought Battlefield off of steam this week as well.
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Well I played Battlefield until it froze again.
I don't think it's overheating
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The HWMonitor screenshot I looked at is showing the 5v rail as being very low.

Please list your complete system specifications.
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SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850
AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz
MSI 870A-G54 AM3 AMD 870
OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply
NZXT M59
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB
160 GB and a 320 GB hard drive in software RAID 0
^this is what steam and Battlefield are installed on
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