Is a collection of memory speeds. To sniff out if that's it, pull all the 5300 speed sticks out. Run with that ONE 6400 speed stick.
So here's the deal. I've got a middle of the road gaming machine, MS-7388 MSI board with a Phenom x4 9550, a Radeon 4870, 4gb of OCZ DDR2 Ram, 150 gb Raptor HDD (couple others as well, but they're just storage) and a Corsair 700 Watt PSU. Running Vista, and have a Razer Lachesis mouse (on the off chance its a driver f-up)
Nothing special, but certainly able to play current games like Bad Company 2, RUSE, and Assassin's Creed 2, hell even Team Fortress 2 and Heroes of Newerth. Youtube shouldn't exactly be a problem either.
It hangs like its life depends on it. Most frequently on the higher end games like Bad Company 2 and Ruse, but not exclusively. It does not crash to desktop, nor BSOD. It does not generate artifacts on the screen or send the sound out of control. It just freezes dead on whatever frame it was showing. Even running youtube and other flash videos has caused it to do so sometimes. It doesn't freeze and then reset like an overheat, and I've felt the heat sinks after a freeze to see if they're particularly hot, which they aren't. Its been cleaned out of dust and such multiple times.
Now I know this sounds like a graphics problem, perhaps a faulty card. Nope- everything runs fine until it freezes. I even went out and bought an ATI 5770 and swapped it in, and it still froze. I've taken it into a shop, they spent two days of logged time with it, ran every diagnostic they could, and found nothing. I've talked with the guy who built the machine, a friend of mine, and even let him remote desktop and poke around. Nothing stands out. I've polled my local university Computer science and electrical engineers, they can't think of anything.
We've come to the conclusion that its most likely a hardware problem, and that its probably either the CPU, Mobo, or PSU, but I don't know of a way to test these without just buying another and swapping, and I don't really feel like replacing my motherboard for no reason and putting it back if its not the problem. I'm also really worried that if its my PSU, that it could have cooked my mobo or cpu leaving me unable to actually get an empirical conclusion.
I can't take a screen shot of the error to put here, nor can I look at an internal hardware monitor to see whats going on since everything freezes. If you want a screen shot of what I see, take a screen shot of any game.
I'm at my wits end. Anyone have any ideas of what I can to to figure this thing out?
Thanks for any advice to be had.
CPUZ info below