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BSOD issue and how to begin troubleshooting
This is the machine that is causing me trouble, info on whats going on is towards the bottom.
So, I just recently took the spoils from a couple years of hard work and decided I was going to buy myself a decent computer instead of build it for once. Now I did not go crazy, but I did spend about 900 dollars on a new computer.
The Mobo is a cm6870
Cpu is an intel i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40Ghz
16 Gigs of solid Ram, no idea the type atm
and about 1.7tb of hard drive (the weak link i suspect)
some crappy onboard Vid Card
some 300-350 watt PSU
Anyway, I didn't intend to leave any of the lesser parts, minus the hard drive, slowing down my (in my eyes), beastly machine, So I switched out the PSU for a more powerful one capable of running the GTX 560 I put into the machine. Honestly there was barely room to shoehorn everything into the case and I am somewhat concerned with how tightly everything had to be routed to avoid issues. (still not sure the power for the gfx card is firmly seated for example). However my beast was up and running.
Tragedy strikes. The machine runs blistering fast, appears to laugh at anything that gets thrown at it, but I have run into issues multiple times, the last one has been repeatable. When running shogun 2 total war on high with all the bells and whistles, the game does not slow down or seem to have serious issues with the detail or number of units on screen, however, after about 5 to 10 minutes into my now glorious hi-rez battle my computer screen goes black for a moment (while music continues to play and sounds pour forth from the speakers, and then, it BSOD's on me. I suspect that there is either a physical interuption of power to the video card, or some other issue.
I have figured out how to find the mini-dump and some other temp file describing the problem but am stumped as to how to proceed from here. If anyone has ideas wade right in as this is more than just disappointing, it's a tad depressing.