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Question Old Computer Freezing Up Requiring Hard Reset


Mar 1, 2016
Hi Everyone,

Problem: Computer locks up requiring a hard reset (can only shutoff with power button) while playing almost any game. Also (*less frequent) I have gotten the blue screen & PC restarted automatically. Frequents about 30 minutes to 1 hour of usage. (Games e.g. League of Legends, Control, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Insurgency: Sandstorm)

Heat: I have monitored my heat, via AsRock Extreme Tuner, and Radeon Software (Playing games and Idle). CPU stays around 50C (Around 30C Idle) & GPU is at 75C. (Around 30C Idle). I also have a ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro (https://www.newegg.ca/arctic-cooling-dcaco-fp701-csa01/p/N82E16835186134?Item=N82E16835186134 )
GPU: I have also tried to use just the Intel 3000 Graphics with the GPU unplugged to the same result.
CPU: Haven't been able to test due to not having another CPU to fit the socket. I have also reapplied Thermal Paste, Re-seated CPU.
Ram: I have ran one test with windows diagnostics with no errors found (may have to run more?).
Motherboard: I am figuring that the mobo is old and is now defective.
PSU: Replaced an old 620W PSU (Antec NeoECO 620W -- https://www.newegg.ca/antec-neoeco-c-neoeco-620c-620w/p/N82E16817371031?Item=N82E16817371031 )).
Current PSU is only 500W but everything is at stock settings. I did suspect that is could be too low of a wattage for my setup but again, no overclocking, or any heavy power usage.
Still with replacement of PSU same result
HDD: Replaced with new HDD
SSD: Cloned windows to my SDD (Fresh windows 10 install & then cloned to SSD)


The computer I bought around 9-10 years ago, I have just simply replaced the GPU, with recent upgrades being GPU, SSD, HDD & PSU.

It's no doubt that I need to upgrade my motherboard, processor, and ram BUT, with everything going on I have some time on my hands, and just having some fun really.

Computer still runs games I play like a champ with 75 FPS so a replacement wouldn't really be ideal but I think I may end up replacing the mobo, ram, and CPU. SO:

Computer Specs:

Motherboard (Old):
ASRock Z68 PRO3 GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Link: N/A

CPU (Old):
i5 2500K
Link: https://www.newegg.ca/intel-core-i5-2nd-gen-core-i5-2500k/p/N82E16819115072?Item=N82E16819115072

Ram (Old):
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3L 1600 (PC3L 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model

Link: https://www.newegg.ca/g-skill-8gb-240-pin-ddr3-sdram/p/N82E16820231477?Item=N82E16820231477

MSI Radeon RX 580 DirectX 12 RX 580 ARMOR MK2 8G OC 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
Link: https://www.newegg.ca/msi-radeon-rx-580-rx-580-armor-mk2-8g-oc/p/N82E16814137290?Item=N82E16814137290

EVGA 100-W1-0500-KR 500 W1, 80+ White 500W, 3 Year Warranty, Power Supply 100-W1-0500-KR

Link: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00H33SFJU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Link: Seagate BarraCuda 1TB Internal Hard Drive HDD 3.5 Inch SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache for Computer Desktop PC Free Packaging

WD Blue 3D NAND 250GB Internal SSD - SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5"/7mm Solid State Drive - WDS250G2B0A

Link: https://www.newegg.ca/western-digital-blue-250gb/p/N82E16820250086?Item=N82E16820250086

Thanks for all your time, having a bit of fun!!



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