Hello friends of TekSyndicate. I will try to be detailed yet brief, and give as much info as possible to help you help me. My friend recently converted me from console (X360) and convinced me to build my own PC. Not having a clue I turned to google and youtube. First found Newegg's how to build parts 1,2 and 3.
Then I discovered Logan and friends. Indeed, his influence prompted me to buy many of the componenets that I researched and enventually decided on. This post is out of sheer frustration and desperation. Something is not allowing me to play the games I built my PC to run! :-( I have researched and reresearched and have tried a few things and nothing has worked. So I turn to you, please!
This is a list of my current games, how I bought them, what happens when they fail, and what I have tried to troubleshooting. I run all games on approx the highest settings.
Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, bought on CD, during gameplay, especially if there is water, world gets glitchy, almost like there is electric shocks happening to the world, animals have seizures and float erratically up and down, and some levels are almost unplayable. :-( almost seems like the game is skipping like a CD might if people had CD players anymore.
Diablo III, CD, Is the only game I own that works flawlessly so far, for some reason
Battlefield 3, CD, "...has stopped working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you of a solution if a solution is available." No further clues, Thanks for nothing Windows 7. Unistalled/reinstalled. FaIl. It gets to the screen where you choose how to play (online etc) I click play campaign, and it says it is loading and stuff but does not launch. I end up having to Task Manager kill it.
Civilization V, bought via Steam. Has worked for me three times out of thirty. It loads and launches the intro video fine, and then nothing. The screen goes dark after I let it play through or try to click through and nothing happens. Again, have to task man kill. Sometimes I would click play after it failed, and before I would taskman kill it, it would say something like, "game can not be accessed, application is still running." Thus I would have to kill it. I have un/reinstalled it thrice. I have tried changing my monitor resolution in the games launch options .I have tried verifying the local files. Fail
The Witcher:Enhanced edition, Steam, worked the first time I tried it, but not since, gets to the menu screen, but no further. No mouse, keyboard does nothing, can't escape, or windows button. Task man kill. *sigh* Have not tried to trouble shoot, been focused on Skyrim, BF3, and Civ V.
Deus Ex Human Revolution. Steam, same as CIv V, have not tried to troubleshoot.
Fractal Design Define R4 black mid tower with window
AsRock Z77 Extreme 6 mobo
Intel i5 2500k CPU
ASUS GTX 670 direct top cu II 2GB GPU
Corsair Vengeance 2x4 GB RAM
Kingston HyperX SK120 sdd
Western Digital 1000GB hdd
Scythe Grand Kama Cross heat sink (It is behemoth and I love it)
NZXT Hale 80 750w PSU
Asus bluray odd
Corsair Vengeance K90 and M90 keyboard and mouse
LG 23" IPS LED monitor 1920x1080
BenQ XL2420T 24" monitor (not even unboxed yet til PC is fixed)
Random details. I have uninstalled/reinstalled Steam untold number of times. I have it installed on my HDD while windows 7 is on the SDD alone. I have updated all of the mobo drivers and utilities from ASRock site, I have updated drivers of GTX 670 from GEForce site.
And via Steam. I have updated steam. I have verified all cache local files of all steam games. (Skyrim, Witcher, Deus EX, Civ V) and sometimes it says "detected missing files, will reacquire" but then nothing happens. And if I verify again, the same thing will happen. I have done a full system reinstall of windows once, and then tried all of the above again.
I have tried the "blob/old blob" trick I read about. fail. I have tried running Norton PC tune up. (I will get PC Cillyn, as Logan suggested soon instead). I have tried running every game, including Steam, which is updated, as Administrator. The only thing I have not attempted, though I have read that I should, is to uninstall old drivers. I don't know how and haven't looked it up yet. I kinda just don't feel like that is the issue.
I don't know how, and won't bother to learn just yet how to over clock any of my sytem. I feel my system should be more than adequate stock.. Once I get things tunning normally then I will experiement but not until then. I use ASRock Extreme Utility to control fan speed and monitor temperatures via the mobo. I have never seen any temp go above 39degrees celcius. I have my fans (2 140mm chasis fans and one Grand Kama Cross all set to run on 30% until I play a game and then I set them to about 70% rpm)
My PC actually froze once inexplicably whilst watching TEK's video on Internet security. I had maybe 6 tabs open and no other Applications or games running at the time. Also when I do play a game, I shut down my browser(firefox) although I don't feel it is necessary. I think my PC has enough power to deal with a lot more power draw than that.
questions. Is my issue software or hardware? Am I the one unlucky fool in 50 that has a failed hardware component? How can I check them? Is there some reliable free software I can DL and run and have it tell me if some componenet is glitched? Have I messed up any connections such as the SATA's? Is it software? Is it Directx 11?Windows 7 is up to date too.
I am not very exp or knowledgeable with this stuff as you can probably tell. But I am usually not a blithering idiot either, haha. I apologoze for the length and details herein. I appreciate any and all suggestions/links/solutions etc. and I welcome any and all comments about any of this stuff including my choices in games, parts whatever. Thank you for sticking with me so far and I anxiously await answers. This has been WORSE than the Red ring of death I suffered three times over the years!