I'm a bit lost with a freezing issue. I built a new silent multimedia system over the weekend, here's the specs:
- Mainboard: Asus Z170-A
- PSU: 500 Watt be quiet! Pure Power 9
- CPU: Intel Core i7 6700
- CPU Cooler: be quiet! Dark Rock 3
- GFX Card: 6GB Palit GeForce GTX 1060 Super Jetstream
- SSD: Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB (OS running here)
- HDD: WesternDigital WD Blue WD10EZEX
- RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000
- OS: Windows 10 EDU
I am now experiencing crashes in 3D applications (tested: Metro 2033 redux, Overwatch) after a cold boot. There's no bluescreens, I just get a still image and abrasively looping sound until I hard-reset. Windows event log and reliability tool don't show any problems except that Windows was shut down unexpectedly. After that, the PC runs fine. Here's what I've tested so far:
- Memtest: No issus (I ran 4 x 2048 MB parallel to 100% coverage). XMP is activated in BIOS and it correctly assigned clock speed and latencies.
- Intel Processor Diagnostic Tool: passed. When I activated XMP because of the RAM, it also set the core ratios to 40x for the CPU, so it's not completely default anymore. What I didn't do so far is run this tool right after a cold start - I'll test that tonight.
- Furmark: no GFX overheating
- Heaven Benchmark: no instabilities, no overheating
- WhoCrashed: no logs
- This morning, I ran Heaven Benchmark right after a cold boot and it didn't trigger a crash. Ran Metro 2033 Redux right afterwards and the crash happened. So I'm almost convinced that it's not the GFX card.
- I made some changes to optimize it for use with SSDs, like turn off indexing, hibernation, auto-defrag. I'm basically sure that this is not the issue, but I thought I'd add it for the sake of completion.
Some thoughts and questions running through my mind, maybe you guys can help:
- Could it be a CPU heat paste issue? Maybe I screwed up and there's bad contact until the paste gets warm and expands.
- According to two different PSU calculators, my system should only load the PSU to about 50%. In your experience, is this PSU to small for this configuration?
- Is there any way to get info on hardware crashes if the usual supects (reliability monitor etc.) don't yield anything?
I'd really appreciate any and all help. I spend a lot of time researching the components and I'm not too incapable when it comes to actually building the machines, so I'm just majorly frustrated that such a game-breaking (pun intended) issue popped up. Many thanks in advance!