as well as bittorrent...
I love my new rig, it makes me happy. I can play Crysis on max settings at 1280x800 with a semi-playable framerate.
I get 121 fps average on HL2: Lost Coast, full settings, that's 16xCSAA, 16xAF, Reflect All, Full HDR at 1680x1050. I can play all my other Source games, including, HL2, Episode One, DoD:S, CS:S, Portal, TF2 with no problems.
However, when I load up EP2, my system locks up about 1 second after the menu background map loads. It just becomes unresponsive, my mouse stops working, ctrl+alt+del does nothing, and the only way to remedy the problem is to hard reset.
I'm running Vista Ultimate x64 on a C2 Q9300 with a Gigabyte P35-DS3L Rev2.0, with the latest BIOS (F8b beta, which is the latest version, and adds support for 45nm Q9xxx processors such as mine). But this problem started before I updated the BIOS with version F7, which shouldn't have supported my CPU to begin with.
I'm running the latest Nvidia drivers 174.74, the latest Intel Chipset Driver, and I can't figure out what's going on.
Also, the same thing happens whenever I try to download a large torrent, the system just locks up in the same manner and I have to hard reset.
What the hell is going on here?
Oh, and before anyone asks, I did have my CPU OC'd from 2.5Ghz to 3.0Ghz, but I tried with the default optimized BIOS settings as well. My CPU runs at about 30/45-45-45-45 idle, and under full stress at 3Ghz I've never seen the Tjunction temps above 66, which is perfectly acceptable (according to this
), the Tcase temp has never gone above 45, which is freaking cool. But as I said, this happens at stock settings too, not just with the OC. And I've tried everything I can think of to fix this.
Intel Q9300 both at 2.5 (333x7.5) and 3.0 (400x7.5)
Gigabyte P35-DS3L Latest BIOS (F8b beta) and latest stable F7 BIOS
4Gb Adata DDR2-800 RAM
MSI Geforce 9600GT OC (Factory OC to 700mhz)
400Gb SATA Western Digital Caviar with a 75Gb (Drive C:) Partition for Vista, 200Gb (Drive D:) for Games and such and the rest to Ubuntu.
550 Watt Cooler Master PSU
All is a well ventilated Cooler Master case.
I'm also using an EDIMAX EW-7128G wireless card with the latest drivers. 71% of 541 people gave it 5 eggs on Newegg, only 12% rated it under 4 eggs.
I've done lost of research on both problems and can't seem to find anything that could be causing this.