I built this desktop about a month ago with these components (with links to the specs):
Case:Cooler Master HAF 932
(delivers excellent cooling built right in)
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 @ 2.88Ghz
(i overclocked to 3.8Ghz and is stable)
CPU cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212
GPU: ATI Sapphire Radeon 5850
(slightly OC'ed to max in Catalyst and is stable)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
Mobo: EVGA X58 FTW3
RAM: Corsair XMS 3 4GB
(recently upgraded to 6GB Corsair Dominators
PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 850W
This thing runs amazingly well, except for one problem: it will freeze whenever it is loading something.
For example: If i am running a game with my internet browser in the background(I use Google Chrome)and I alt+tab between them. Eventually, my computer will freeze but only when switching from Chrome to the game. Not when switching from the game to Chrome
My computer will also freeze when I'm watching a streaming video Say, YouTube.com or Gametrailers.com. If my computer successfully pre-loads the video, it won't freeze. It will only freeze before the video is fully pre-loaded, if it does decide to freeze at all.
What i mean by "freeze" is that the computer becomes 100% non responsive. Whatever was on the screen at that moment is stuck there. There is no BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). Mouse and Keyboard are non-responsive. Ctrl + alt + del does nothing, too. However, the fans are all still running, and the power light is on. There is no HDD activity, from what i can see and hear, so it is presumably safe to do the hard resets I've been doing.
My computer never freezes if it is idle.
I've run all my components at stock settings but the problem still persists.
I've also tried running only Microsoft processes, and my antivirus software (Avast!), but that didn't fix the problem.
I'm very sure it is not a RAM issue, because this problem persisted even when i had the 4gb of XMS3s.
Please help! This is my Dream Machine, and this semi-minor issue is the only thing that's wrong with it!