Hi TF, I have recently started having problems with a pc I built around last Christmas. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated
Windows 7 Home 64 bit
AMD Phenom 965
Asus M4A89GTD Pro/USB3
2x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws
WD Caviar Blue 500GB
XFX Radeon HD6850
Cooler Master Silent Pro 700W
Frequently, on what appear to be completely random occasions, I will get the BSOD. I don't believe this is heat related, since my temps range anywhere from 30-40c at idle (depending on ambient temps), and I have never seen it go above high 50s under load. To make sure, I put my pc next to an ac vent and crashed when temps were around the mid 30s.
I don't believe it has ever happened at idle, but it doesn't take much for it to occur. It pretty much always happens when playing a game (any game, not just one), and it often happens when installing updates, doing a virus scan, etc.
I've tried reinstalling windows multiple times to no avail. Originally I used a 60GB SSD as the boot disc, however once the problems started I tried using my WD HDD and it still occurs.
I have not overclocked this PC before, and all BIOS settings are set to stock/auto
Because this seems to only occur under some type of load, I am thinking it could be bad memory. However I have also considered that it could be a faulty PSU or even a bad CPU core.
Although this could be unrelated, I'm also having issues installing Windows updates. Since my fresh Windows install earlier today I have been trying to install the Windows updates and almost every time one of them will fail. I don't believe it is always the same one either. It will usually successfully install a handful of them and then one will eventually fail.
So sorry for the super long post, just wanted to give as much info as possible. If anyone has some thoughts it would be a huge help, as I'm a little lost on this one...