I built my own gaming computer about 5 years ago. It has worked just fine until the last couple of days. I hadn't used it in about 4 months and this is my issue. Forgive me in advance for troubleshooting incorrectly/inefficiently.
I am running Windows 7. When running multiple programs I have received the Windows blue error screen. It has happened when watching a youtube video, trying to play an older video game multiple times, once during a CPU stress test using CPUID and once running photoshop. The components in the PC are quite old and I assume this is a hardware issue, maybe CPU, based on the variety of events and the crashing.
I have CORETemp installed and the CPU was running over 60c when I was able to notice before crashing. CPU was resting at roughly 45c before cleaning the fans/heatsink, now it runs at roughly 35-40 when the computer is in a rest state. I have an aftermarket CPU cooler (CoolerMaster v6GT) that has 2 fans on it. One of them are not running, but I can see it try to get spinning, never fully running. I didn't take the cooler off and try the stock fan, as I'm not sure this is the issue.
My processor is a AMD Phenom II X6 and my motherboard is MSI 890FXA-GD70 with overclocking capability. Prior to my issues I did have the CPU overclocked, to what was rated a safe level. After the first crash I reset to factory setting, only to receive more crashing.
My understanding of RAM and troubleshooting levels are low so I'm not sure if this kind of thing can happen because of faulty RAM. Task manager shows all 8G of my RAM and is never fully utilized. At least not when the crashes are happening.
Same thing goes with my video card. It is a Radeon HD 6870, and there is no issue with lagging or output. Also the graphics and video that were operating during the crashes were not "heavy".
There were multiple error codes during the crashes. The first crash I could write down what the error was and I am having issues with decrypting Windows "Event Viewer" to diagnose the issue. The error I got on the last crash was "The system encontered an uncorrectable hardware error. STOP: 0x00000124. Google did not help me diagnose this either.
Is there better software to narrow down where there issue is? Or what information would you need from me in order to pinpoint the problem?
I need the PC to do some image editing for my families business, and would like to replace the part/parts as soon as possible. Below I have listed specs as maybe there are compatibility issues that I am unaware of. I am aiming at upgrading my machine anyways so this may be a good reason to do so.
Thank you so much in advance. You guys rock and this community is awesome as I have experienced in the past. I appreciate your time.
Cooler Master HAF 932 Tower
Corsair HX750W PowerSupply
MSI 890X-GD70 motherboard
8GB HyperX blu DDR3 ram (4x2gb)
AMD Phenom II x6 1090t CPU
Radeon HD 6870 Video Card.