So I’ve been having an issue with sudden total freezes of my PC while gaming. ‘Freeze’ here means everything—no mouse cursor movement, sound freezes (same sound played continuously), unresponsive to anything but hardware reset. No error messages, nothing. Nothing in event viewer, either, except for the system noticing that it’s rebooting after a crash. Jostling the case once led to a recovery (although that may have been unrelated), reading out the memory dump told me nothing but that the kernel crashed.
This occurs mostly while gaming, although I believe it’s happened once or twice in other situations.
The computer is running Windows 10, the CPU is an AMD FX-8300, it’s clocked at 3300MHz, it has 16GB RAM, and the graphics card is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1030 (I think—looking at the product listing, it says that model has 2GB RAM, I thought mine had 3GB, but I might have that wrong). I can post more detailed specs later if needed, since I’m right now running a memory test on the machine that I don’t want to interrupt.
What I’ve tried, so far:
[li]Ran the memory testing utility that comes with Win 10. No errors.[/li][li]Monitored CPU heat production. Even while gaming, the temperature seems to hardly ever exceed 70°C.[/li][li]Monitored GPU heat production. Did a stress test with FurMark, it didn’t go up further than 83°C.[/li][li]Running Memtest86 right now. So far, no errors.[/li][/ul]
As far as I know, these temperatures are OK, right?
Presuming that the second memory test also comes up empty, what should I try next? I consider myself moderately computer literate, but I’m not much of a hardware guy. In particular, I don’t really know a good way to diagnose motherboard issues, but I haven’t looked into that so far.