I have an MSI K8NGM2-FID and it just randomly crashes. The motherboard is an old socket 939.
I've tested the hardware, and the culprit is either the CPU or the motherboard, which are the two hardware components I don't have spares to test on. It's not the graphics card, onboard and external, as both have been tested.
The CPU does not overheat. It stays around 30C - 35C.
It is not the RAM. It's been tested. and swapped with 4 different DIMMS, amounts brands.
It's also not the PSU. Both a 24-pin and 20-pin have been tested on this machine.
The crash will be during a transition during software, such as Windows XP's installation saving, pulling up a statistics graph during a game, starting a browser.
This isn't a software issue, there is no software indication, neither is there a blue screen of death.
After crashing, the computer power indicator will blink 3 seconds on, 2 seconds off, and the computer can't be restarted until the power cable is removed and there is no more power to sustain the blinking.
Which one is the likely culprit? The CPU or the motherboard?