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Computer Freezing

stealthbr

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Hello everyone. I am experiencing a problem where my computer freezes when I play a game. It doesn't BSOD, simply the image and the sound freezes. Five minutes after I connect to a Counter Strike: Source server or when a Modern Warfare 3 match starts, my computer freezes. This does not occur 100% of the time as I was able to play a session of Counter Strike: Source without this problem occurring. This problem has not occurred outside of gaming. However, this has happened a total of three times in less than two days. This is only happening after there was a power outage in my home. My computer is new and custom made, I will list the specs:

Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Professional Fatal1ty
Power Supply: Corsair HX750
Processor: Intel 2500k (no overclock)
RAM: Mushkin 8GB DDR3 2133Mhz. (no overclock)
Graphics Card: eVGA GTX 280 (no overclock) - Driver 285.62
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX
Network Card: Bigfoot Killer 2100
HDD 1: Samsung 320GB 7,200RPM
HDD 2: Western Digital 250GB 7,200RPM
DVD: HP dvd1260
Case: Corsair 650D

Here's a video of the problem occurring: Video
Here are some images taken from my cell phone: Image 1, Image 2, Image 3, Image 4

Thanks for the help!
 

SugarJ

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While the system might be brand new, that GPU isn't. Looks like the GPU artifacting to me.
 

stealthbr

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Yes, the GTX 280 is old and I will be getting a Radeon 7970 soon. So you believe the GPU is damaged? If so, do you think there is a way to fix it?
 

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Have you cleaned the fan out lately? Monitored the temps? It might simply be overheating. Use GPU-Z or MSI Afterburner to monitor the temps.

Also, since it's an EVGA card it would have lifetime warranty if you registered it. Might be worth looking in to.
 

stealthbr

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I've seen the card hit around 91 degrees celcius while running SWTOR. However, these freezes only started happening yesterday after a sudden power outage. Do you think said power outage is responsible for damaging a component of mine? Btw, the GTX 280 is not overclocked. And yes, I have cleaned it up a bit.
 

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It's possible if the computer was on when the power went out. And as suggested, you might be able to lower the clocks and have the card continue to be operational.
 

stealthbr

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Yes, the computer was definitely on. I guess I should buy a NoBreak to avoid these things.. So the problem lies in the graphics card only right? Btw, for Nobreaks, how many Voltage Amps does it need to have to adequately power my computer? Thanks.
 
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