Hello everyone, long time lurker and first time poster here.
Is Windows 7 . . .
- x86 (32-bit) or x64 ? 64 Bit
- the original installed OS on the system? Windows 7 Ultimate
- an OEM or full retail version? Full Retail
- OEM = came pre-installed on system
- Full Retail = you purchased it from retailer
- What is the age of system (hardware)? 23 months
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?) 2 months
So I have a custom built desktop computer that has done me well for nearly two years...except for one problem. It BSODs randomly, and on sometimes up to ten times a week. I've tried fixing it myself several times, but alas they always return. I think it's now a good time to fix the problem once and for all.
So a little bit of background. This computer was originally only running a Spinpoint F3 and Windows was installed on a dedicated partition. BSODs happened regularly and there have been two clean installations on that hard drive. A couple months ago I got a Crucial M4 SSD and did a clean Windows installation. Again, same BSODs. Besides the clean installs, I have done a few other things to fix the problems. I shut down all of my overclocks and ran stress tests such as Prime95, LinX, and OCCT. No problems during the stress tests. But then as I was using the computer normally: BSOD. So overclocked it again and ran the stress tests again overnight and the computer didn't have any problems, but not too long afterwards, it BSODed again. I have also run memtest overnight without any problems. My temperatures are also within acceptable to excellent ranges. I've tried several graphics drivers and made sure everything is up to date including my SSD firmware.
I will say, most BSODs occur directly after a gaming session. If it's after a gaming session, it's usually IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL. If it's random, then it's usually a generic BSOD. Now, early on during my ownership, I temporarily ran an HD3450, which didn't result in any BSODs. Additionally, I have noticed a decline in BSODs after dusting out the GPU. But when I say decline I mean about halved (BSODs still occur). Though that might have just been a coincidence. So I get the feeling that the root of the problem might be the GPU: a GTX 470. I've reseated it and changed the power supply cables, but that made no difference. Temperatures seem to be fine and it is NOT overclocked. I wish I still had access to the old Radeon to confirm if it really is the problem.
So, that's the story. I've attached Windows_NT6_BSOD_jcgriff2 and the system health report. Hopefully I can get to the bottom of this.