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Built a computer, windows 7 is freezing

by dmb57666 / March 22, 2011 4:25 PM PDT


I recently purchased the parts for a computer (used for video editing) and had a friend assemble it. I have Windows 7 installed and it boots up normally. My issue comes after i'd say 10-15 minutes when it will randomly freeze. I'm not much of a computer wiz and am having trouble figuring out what my issue is. If anyone has any input I would really appreciate it, I will list my components below:

Intel Core i7 processor - Sandy Bridge LGA 1155 i7-2600
GEForce GDDR5 GTS 450 Video Card
Corsair DDR3 Memory (8GB)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB hard drive
GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

As I said, I'm not too knowledgeable about computer issues so any suggestions as far as troubleshooting would be very much appreciated. Let me know if you need any further information to address this issue.

Thanks for the help!

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by dmb57666 / March 22, 2011 4:30 PM PDT

also, I'm running 64 bit windows 7 and I've already tried re installing it.

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So it isn't software.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 22, 2011 6:02 PM PDT
In reply to: also..

Now back to you more knowledgeable friend so he can find out what hardware is defective or insufficient (power supply, cooling?) or badly installed (CPU cooling paste?).


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As previous poster stated
by R_Head / March 24, 2011 8:33 AM PDT

Those problems could point to heat. Just to add more...
Cooling problems (no good airflow inside the case), RAM is getting hot too.

To do a small test, open the case and place a Fan (Ventilator) blowing inside the case, if it works for longer time, cooling is your problem. That does not test if Thermal Paste is the problem (CPU and Heat Sink).

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Same problem for 8 months
by ILearner / April 15, 2011 8:46 AM PDT

I've been battling the same problem for 8 months. I'm running Win7 64 bit. Ci3 processor, Gigabyte Mobo, Corsair DDR3 RAM AND 2X500 GB SEAGATE Barracuda HDDs. Notice the similarity of the two systems? Can't find the problem. Reinstalled several times. Even with just Win7 and nothing else I get freezes. Very random. Sometimes I can go a week without a hitch then whack I get freeze. Changed my video card to no avail. Next step is to change RAM brand. Let me know if you find the problem.

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Since Both Systems Are Similar, Could It Be A Driver Issue?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 15, 2011 9:06 AM PDT

Visit the motherboard manufacturer's website and download the latest motherboard/chipset driver for your computer. Likewise with the graphics and sound cards.. Visit those manufacturer's sites and update the drivers for those hardware items. Be sure you get the 64 bit drivers..

Hope this helps.


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Similar systems, could be drivers
by ILearner / April 15, 2011 11:11 PM PDT

hey Grif,
Been there done that. I do the driver update run every month or so. All the system, Mobo, graphics, HDDs, software the lot. Doesn't help.

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With Such Freezes, I Start At The Beginning
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 17, 2011 9:20 AM PDT

The most common cause for lockups, in general, are either power supply, or overheating.. So, the cheapest troubleshooting step for me, is to heatsink from the processor, then scrape off the old and reapply new thermal paste.. You'd be amazed how many folks, including me, make a mistake when apply it to thick, or incorrectly, etc.

Hope this helps.


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