[SOLVED] PC Freezes during games after applying new thermal paste to CPU (i7 2600k)

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Externally, at least, all power heading to the computer should be stable without spikes or fluctuations. Since I would never run a computer without an UPS. I know that's not the same thing, and that a faulty PSU could still cause problems, but it definitely helps at least.

I'll wait until tonight when I go to bed to run the Windows memory test.

I kind of feel like this is a G-card issue because of the graphical issues in-game, but then I am not sure what to think about it freezing up during those stress tests... if the tests were to stress test the cpu, why would the g-card cause a freeze up? Unless it was the cpu not receiving adequate power from the PSU? Then the same could be said for the G-Card issues... I wish I had a decent PSU to swap out and test it with, but I don't.

Once the kids are in bed I'll open the tower up, replug, reseat, and take pics.
 
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Windows memory test passed without issues or errors. I chose the extended test. It ran for over 12 hours.

I opened up my tower and pulled cables, blew them out, cleaned a few connectors with alcohol. Took out the Cmos battery, did a hard reset, put it back in. Reseated all cards and RAM, re-plugged cables. I only left the sata cables to the HDD's and DVD drive and SSD alone, really didn't see much point in adjusting those.

After bootup, my mobo label screen popped up a few times when it shouldn't. It'd pop up right away, as normal, then go to it's usual black screen, then pop up for a split second again, then back to it's usual next screen, then pop up for a second again, then go to windows loading screen... kinda odd. I entered setup and loaded optimized default settings, restarted and saw the same. Booted all the way up to windows, logged in, waited about 1 min. and then shut down. Waited another 30 seconds, then turned it back on, saw the same oddity, and booted back up to windows again.

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Darkbreeze

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I think you need to strip this down to the bare essentials.

Are you overclocking the RAM, like, WAY beyond their XMP profile speed? If not, get rid of that memory cooler. For now at least. Totally not necessary, at all, unless you are seriously overclocking the RAM beyond it's regular XMP profile speed. If those are 1333mhz sticks and you are running them at 1866 or 2133mhz, then by all means cool them, but for now at least, let's NOT overclock the RAM (Which doesn't mean the same as let's not run at XMP. XMP is not what we mean by "overclocking" even though technically most XMP profile ARE an "OC" if they are beyond the default JEDEC specifications). If your memory does not need that cooler because you are not heavily overclocking them memory, take it off. Completely out of the system. For now at least.

Then, disconnect ALL of the storage devices. Disconnect all of the SATA power and data cables from all of the drives, and then boot the system to see if you are still seeing the same behavior with the splash screen or any other other weirdness. Sure, it's not going to boot into windows, but that's ok. Just see what it does.

I would also recommend that you download one of the free Linux bootable distros like Ubuntu, and create bootable flash drive media, and try booting to that to see if you have any of the same problems, with all the drives disconnected. Obviously you'll need to reconnect the drives temporarily to create media, or create it from another system.

Other than that, I'd say to bench test it. Pull the board. Use only the very most minimal hardware, and see what shakes out.

 
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No, I'm not currently overclocking anything specifically, because of the issues. Before I was overclocking things pretty minimally. After the hard reset I obviously lost my admin and user pass, so I set those again and my bootup was back to normal. It's possible it used to be like that and I just didn't remember that because I've had the password set since the beginning.

I tried NMS out again today, I played for hours successfully. Although periods of time it was left on pause due to taking care of my kids, it nevertheless lasted for hours without any major issues. I feel like some graphical things take longer to render than normal... it's still quick but not like I think it should be.

That bottom card is an EXTRA sound card I don't even use. I was going to pull it but didn't have the metal deal that goes there on the case. I know I have it, probably at my parents place, so when I get a chance to run out there and grab it I will pull that out, even though having that metal plate isn't wholly necessary, I prefer to prevent insects from being able to make their way in.

I think for now I'm just going to watch it until if/when I have any more issues. If it seems like everything is good in a week or so, I'll just come back and credit you for helping me. If not, then I'll try some more of your suggestions out and see what happens, and come back and let you know what happens/what I find.

Thanks for all your help.
 

Darkbreeze

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You can remove the rear bracket from the sound card, and put that there until you find the PCI slot shield. Usually they are removable from the add in cards anyhow. In any case, if an insect wants inside your case, I imagine there are plenty of other ways for it to get in there. I'd probably remove that thing asap. There's a good chance it could be the root of your problems, or at least A chance anyhow.
 
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I definitely plan on pulling that card, though I doubt it's the root of the problem it certainly has no reason to stay.

Tbh, this case really has very little for holes and gaps, most openings have dust shields and filters, which I find myself surprisingly doing a good job keeping clean 90% of the time. That's why you see so little dust in the case. I have blown it out periodically over the years, but every time I do the dust buildup is minimal. I didn't clean it before (or after) those pictures. But there are certainly ways in for smaller bugs, I have surprisingly never seen one in my case, believe it or not. I did in my old computers though, lol.

Btw ALL of the links in the post you linked above about bench testing are broken. Thought you might want to know. It looks like a very thought out, thorough, and informative post, so thank you for that. I've read through some of it already. I am hoping I won't actually need any of that information any time soon, but I'm glad it's there.
 

Darkbreeze

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Yes, we are aware that there is a very serious database issue. Seems like just about EVERY link, to EVERYthing, that is more than a few months old, is busted. I'm going to start working through them to fix them, right now.
 
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I've played NMS and other games and not experienced much for issues. Sometimes I still had some issues in NMS again, so I finally decided to look at the game itself, uninstalled it and deleted a ton of super old cache files, and then reinstalled it. I only played it once after and didn't notice any issues, not long enough to know for sure. Other games have had no issues at all, and I am still not noticing any impact outside of games.

I'm not sure what the issue was/is for sure still, but things work adequately enough that I'm satisfied if they stay this way until I can afford a new build.

The "rattling" noise started again at some point too. I checked all the fans and stopped them from moving last time it happened and still swore I heard rattling after, but this time, one of the fans for my memory was clearly the problem. I took those fans out and it's been silent since.

I also removed the sound card, it affected nothing, but it had 0 reason to be in there anyway.

Thanks for everything.
 

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