Far Cry NEVER locks up on my kid's game machine. But it's some machine with great cooling and a 680 Watt power supply. No need to skimp on power supplies today. And it's an item I don't see on your list.
There are possible BIOS settings that could cause that lockup but it looks like a new machine. Why not make this a warranty issue for the machine's maker?
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: VIA Technologies, Inc.
System Model: KT600-8237
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2800+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.1GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM
Page File: 262MB used, 983MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 6600
Chip type: GeForce 6600
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_00F2&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A2
Display Memory: 256.0 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (75Hz)
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor Max Res: 1600,1200
Driver Name: nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.7777 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Description: Realtek AC97 Audio
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3059&SUBSYS_01B0A0A0&REV_60
Manufacturer ID: 65535
Product ID: 65535
Driver Name: ALCXWDM.SYS
Driver Version: 5.10.0000.5250 (English)
Ok that gives you a rundown ow my machine. The problem I'm having is I keep getting screen freezes. However it's not as simple as that. Certain conditions need to exist before the screen freezes. When playing high resolution and heavy graphic games (dos based games) ie: far cry I have no problems other than the occasional lock up that you get with most games.
It's when I'm in windows, surfing the internet using internet explorer I get a freeze probably once every three hours. when playing Java based games the freeze is more frequent (upto 10 times an hour). This however isn't the only time. When watching video or playing music using any media player I can also get a screen freeze (upto 6 times per hour). DXDIAG doesn't find any problems, sisoft sandra doesn't either. I've done a full hard drive format and re-install which hasn't made any difference, I've flashed the up to date bios, I've used old and new versions of all the drivers (sound video etc). The problem only occurs when using windows. I've run reg mechanic, adaware, spybot up to date virus checkers but nothing tells me what's wrong. When I reboot the computer I don't even get the "your system has recovered from a serious error" message. I've trouble shooted the video card turning the acceleration right down but the problems still occur. The problem only started about a month ago. All help would be greatfully appreciated.