So, this is an issue that has been cropping up for the last year and a half or so, which is to say that it's annoying but hasn't been an utter dealbreaker. Kind of exasperating, and I'd love to solve it, but if not then oh well.
Computer is a 4 year old Alienware (yes, yes, I know, I got it at a good price at the time, let's move on) that has served me well since the day I got it.
However, it has been doing this thing where if I turn it on it will generally run fine until I load up a game, at which point it will usually (not always, and not during a set event or time frame) will hard lock. Sometimes it just resets on its own, sometimes it blue screens (so weird to see those again!).
The even stranger thing is that after this issue occurs and I reboot the system, it's fine for hours, even the rest of the day. I can knock out a gaming marathon session and not hit a single issue after that first failure. It's basically part of the routine now; turn on the PC when I get home, fire up a game, let it crash, reboot, play until I'm done for the evening. It used to just be due to games, but fairly recently (a few times in the last month or two?) it has happened while just using a browser.
I can't say the video drivers are 100% up to date, but they have been updated a few times over this last year and a half. I'll try to do that again tonight to see if it helps, but I'm not optimistic.
The O/S is on a 128 gig SSD, which seems to be fuller than it should be, but every time I go hunting to see what is eating up space with windirstat, nothing obviously shows up. I've removed some stuff where I can, but it occasionally complains about lacking disk space, but when I go looking for details, it basically just shrugs at me.
If it were hardware failing, I'd expect it to be a lot more frequent. This whole "getting it out of its system, then everything is fine" part is what baffles me, and makes Google'ing for suggestions difficult.
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-5820K (6-cores, 15MB Cache, Overclocked up to 3.8 GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
16GB Quad Channel DDR4 at 2133MHz
128GB SSD 6Gb/s Main + 2TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s Storage
Dual NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX(TM) 970 with 4GB GDDR5 each (NVIDIA SLI Enabled)
The receipt isn't obviously listing the motherboard.
I've had issues with the SLI conflicting with my ability to use both of the video card outputs (I use my TV as a second monitor at times so I can watch shows and whatnot on it), so I'm not sure it's actually enabled right now, which, you know, maybe not the best choice in retrospect, but that was a ship that sailed 4 years ago.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'll glance at the storage and video drivers again while I'm thinking about it, but figured I might as well see if someone had ever run into a similar issue, and if so, what they did to combat it.
I'm pondering getting a new computer, but if this one would serve me a bit longer that would be awesome. I'd ponder doing some basic upgrades, but with the minor annoyance going on I'd be far more inclined to just start from scratch. That's a 'later this year' concern, however. Right now I'd just like to have my system stop misbehaving.