Alright I've tried posting this to many places and have yet to receive any solutions. My computer seems to lock up when I play games. I can play for about a minute if that and the game will completely lock up my computer. No alt tabing out or hibernation or anything.
My graphics card works just fine and my hdd isn't the issue, as games on both of my hdds crash. My computer isn't completely shutting down or turning off so I doubt it's my psu or my cpu. I even uninstalled XP and installed vista so it wasn't my os either. It lead me to my ram being the issue.
I used to have 2 1 gig sticks of ram. I had bought new ram just because I felt the ram was just bad. I did run memtest on the ram for about 6 things and said no errors so I was slightly confused.
In the mean time, I was given a stick of 1 gig. I had plugged that in while I was awaiting my new ram and the games ran just fine. Sure it didn't have that extra gig so it didn't run as well.
So I finally recieve my new 2 2gig sticks and plug them in and I get the same problem. Games still crash with about a minute of gameplay. But I took out one of the sticks and of course the crap runs just fine.
I've tested different slots and different timings and voltages and it still seems to be that the mobo just can't handle more than one stick of ram which I find stupid. Just to fully think it is my mobo, I try running memtest again but this time on the new ram. And now my computer freezes during memtest.
So long story short, my computer locks up on games with more than a stick of ram in. I can surf the internet just fine and do other things well, I just can't play video games. I have reason to believe it's the mobo, but it could also be the ram.....help?