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SK8V + FX-53: Random freezes: CPU or motherboard???

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Been running for about 2 years above system. System started freezing and needed to be rebooted. Many times, once rebooted, BIOS would complain "Overclocking failed" (but I'm not doing this). Have replaced video card. Problem persists. Technician says it's most likely "software". So...

Bought new H/D and installed fresh copy of XP + SP2. System still randomly freezes. Sometimes after 5 minutes; sometimes after 1 day. memtest shows no memory issues.

Other erratic behaviour: system does not remeber what audio devices are plugged into it (keeps asking what device is plugged into speakers out). Since, I've removed all but the most basic of peripherals (keyboard, mouse, DVD, CD, H/D, wireless LAN). Tried installing software from CD (Rise of Legends) and system seems to crash more predictably when there is activity through the peripherals...

Any advice as to whether this is a CPU or motherboard problem? How to determine?

As the FX-53 (940) is still an acceptable CPU albeit difficult to get a MB for, I can pick up through EBAY/Ricardo a new SK8V or SK8N. But that would be lost investment if it's a CPU problem.

Thank in advance.
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