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Jestocost
The Poodle Bites.

join:2000-10-19
Saint Louis, MO

Game Crashes

I've been having troubles with most of my games crashing lately. The error message consists of [game].exe has stopped working. I have tried multiple different fixes, including new RAM, a new graphics card, reinstalling the games and reinstalling graphics card drivers. Most commonly the games that crash are Valve games downloaded through Steam, but other games such as Minecraft and DayZ (Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead). I am using Microsoft Security Essentials and the built in Windows 7 firewall. Any help is appreciated.

My PC:
Intel i5 3570k
Asus P8ZZ7-V Pro Motherboard
EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC Graphics Card
Antec EA650 Green 650 Watt ATX PSU
Seagate 1 TB Harddrive
Cooler Master HAF912 ATX Case
16 GB Corsair XMS3
Some random CD drive
Windows 7 Home Premium
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Krisnatharok
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join:2009-02-11
Earth Orbit
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I'd start first by verifying all the current hardware is good and not faulty.

Run a CPU stresstest, a GPU stresstest, a PSU stresstest, (OCCT can do all of these) and a memtest. Check the SMART data for your hard drive.

Have you verified the integrity of the game files in Steam? Have you tried reinstalling the games or Steam?

Lots of things you can do here before buying new hardware that can at least rule things out.
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Jestocost
The Poodle Bites.

join:2000-10-19
Saint Louis, MO

When I ran OCCT, after the test it said "Core #2 is over maximum value! Value Reached: 87, Max Value: 85". Does that mean anything to you? Also, I have reinstalled the games multiple times.



TruSm0ke

join:2005-07-21
Michigan
Reviews:
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It means that your CPU isn't being properly cooled. A section of the chip is overheating. You need to remove your CPU heatsink/fan, clean up the TIM that's been applied to it and reapply new TIM. Then reinstall the heatsink/fan to the CPU.

Btw- TIM is the grease you apply over the top of your processor and it sits between the processor and heatsink. This allows for better cohesion between the extremely hot processor and the heatsink to allow for better heat conduction & cooling.

If you want a better explanation, as I'm sure you do, check out this link: »www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2009/0···ut-tim/1 . It will offer everything you need to understand and what needs to be done.

Some good quality TIM can be found at: »www.arcticsilver.com/as5.htm > Arctic Silver 5, I've personally used AS5 and it's been great. I've used it on a number of computers and I still have more left in the tube to spare, just in case & »www.arctic.ac/en/p/cooling/therm···und.html

There are plenty of others as well.



TruSm0ke

join:2005-07-21
Michigan

Do you do ANY overclocking? Specifically, is your CPU overclocked? If so, you might be using too high of an overclock and need to turn settings down a bit.

If you DO NOT have your CPU overclocked, then TIM needs to be reapplied.



Jestocost
The Poodle Bites.

join:2000-10-19
Saint Louis, MO
reply to TruSm0ke

Ok, thanks. I'll go out and get some AS5 as soon as I can. The place I get parts from supposedly has it. Thanks for the help



TruSm0ke

join:2005-07-21
Michigan

No problem.

It can be a tricky process to do if you don't know what you're doing. So if you can ask someone for help, get help if you feel you need it.



Jestocost
The Poodle Bites.

join:2000-10-19
Saint Louis, MO

Seems to have gone successful, besides the fan taking forever to get out. The box says it can take up to 200 hours to come into effect, so now I'll wait. Thanks again. Also, I don't overclock
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TruSm0ke

join:2005-07-21
Michigan
Reviews:
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Hey man! Just glad to help.

It is suppose to take awhile for the TIM to set properly and acclimate. ~200 hours.

Since you reapplied the TIM, have you continued to get the error?

And please, if you ever have any other questions just drop us a message! There are plenty of very helpful and knowledgeable people around these parts.


IamGimli

join:2004-02-28
Canada
kudos:1
reply to Jestocost

You may also want to make sure your case has good air flow. Make sure you have at least one intake fan up front, and that the exhaust fan in the back works. Make sure neither are obstructed and that the wiring in your case is tied well out of the way of air flow.

Ideally all 6 of your case's fan locations should have a working fan on it. With all those fans you can run them at really low speed (i.e. stay quiet) and still get very good air flow.



Jestocost
The Poodle Bites.

join:2000-10-19
Saint Louis, MO
reply to Jestocost

Core's still overheated. Just waiting for it to work haha. Also, I cleaned my fans last time I had my case open. I have 3, a bottom, side and front. I'll make sure they all are open and getting good flow. Thanks again haha
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diablo1892
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Friendly, WV
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Overheating issues? take a look here:

»youtu.be/PtufuXLvOok