first of all I want you guys to know I've been googling the internet for 3 months now. This is the point where I'm completely out of ideas
Recently (3 months ago) I bought a new computer. I ordered the following hardware:
- Intel i7 920 cpu (@2.6ghz)
- Corsair 6gb RAM @ 1333mhz
- Asus P6T SE motherboard
- Corsair 550W PSU
- MSI Nvidia GTX260 GPU
- standard dvd rom, hdd and case
Let's put it this way, this rig never worked properly. I've been having random lockups. These lockups leave random traces in the error logs or none at all. This happens in both ubuntu linux and windows 7 ultimate.
These lockups begin with non continuous stuttering of image/mouse/audio. The stuttering gets worse if I don't reboot until the point the computer locks up entirely and give me no other way out than the hardware reset button.
Untill today I've been searching for the cause of these problems. First I thought these were software problems but because it happens in ubuntu AND windows I've soon become to understand it's the hardware.
The only thing is that I really don't have a clue of which hardware component is malfunctioning.
I tried numerous times of reinstalling my operating systems. Tried different distro's of ubuntu, tried updating the drivers, updated the BIOS to the latest version, ran memtest86 for 2 straight hours (got through the first pass without any errors), ... all to no avail.
I've replaced the original PSU with a Antec 750W and replaced the harddrive. This also didn't help. My friend bought the same setup right after me, and his setup works correctly, so tomorrow I'm swapping memory modules.
I've emailed the hardware store to inform them I'm having hardware problems and I'm thinking it's the motherboard. They said I could sent it in, but obviously I'm not willing to pay transporting cost for this if it turns out no crashes occur while they're testing because they're so damn random.
Does anybody have any clue of what's going on here or does anyone has experience whatsoever about random lockups? As far as I'm concerned it can be the motherboard, CPU, RAM, or GPU. Could you guys give me typical symptoms of any of these 4 possible malfunctioning components?
Any information that can shed some light on this would be greatly appreciated ..
Thanks in advance,