Hangs in games w/ P8Z68-V/GEN3

Discussion in 'Asus' started by Guest, Mar 2, 2012.

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    Guest Guest

    Last month I built a new machine with a P8Z68-V/GEN3, running an Intel i5
    2500K and 16G of Corsair Vengeance RAM. The video card is an Asus GeForce
    GTX 560 DirectCU, and I've got a DLink wifi card in for network. Driving
    the thing is an Enermax 625W Liberty PSU, and Windows 7 (64 bit, obviously)
    for an OS.

    Overall, it's a pretty basic setup, but I'm having crash after crash. It
    almost always happens when I'm playing graphic-intensive games, usually
    Team Fortress 2 or Lord of the Rings Online. Oddly, it *doesn't* seem to
    happen as often in Skyrim, although it does happen. I've also had it hang
    once while playing a Youtube video in Chrome.

    The crashes manifest as the video/graphics freezing, and the sound will
    stutter. This is usually when I'd hit the reset button on the machine.
    However, I've noticed that if I leave the machine alone - stuttering sound
    and all - it will *sometimes* recover. The currently running game will
    close, and I'll be busted out to the desktop. On the Youtube occasion,
    the browser remained running but the video area turned green.

    Does that sound like the video driver crashing? I'm using the latest nVidia
    WHQL drivers.

    I've run memtest86+ extensively, and the RAM seems to check out fine. The
    PSU has been solid (I carried it over from my old machine) and I've got it
    plugged into a UPS; with a single video card (no SLI) and only running a
    single 1TB disk I'd think 625W would be enough.

    I'm starting to lean toward the video card being at fault, but the
    motherboard is newer and the problems started manifesting themselves with
    the new machine. Tonight I might try re-arranging the guts to put the
    560GTX in a different PCIe slot, just to see if it makes a difference.

    Anyone have any other suggestions? It's getting frustrating... I average
    one crash per night, after which I'm *usually* fine for the rest of the
    evening, but last night I had two crashes in a row... which is a problem,
    because I'm frequently main tank in LOTRO. :)
    Guest, Mar 2, 2012
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    Rob Guest

    Sounds like graphics issues to me, too. Check your GPU temps
    when under load and also try testing the GPU ram:
    There are other GPU ram testers out there if you search for
    'test gpu ram'.
    Rob, Mar 2, 2012
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  3. Try running it with the side or cover off to see if it is overheating.
    Otherwise I'd look to the PSU.
    Peter Johnson, Mar 2, 2012
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    FolkGT Guest

    Sounds like overheating. Since this is a new build, I would suspect the
    CPU cooling, but you should check the GPU as well in the event the fan is
    FolkGT, Mar 2, 2012
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