My problem is that my computer keeps freezing then my monitor loses signal shortly after when I play games. I am really desperate to fix my computer i've exhausted so many options from running Furmark for 45 mins to test GPU stability, Prime95 to test my CPU and Ram for 5 hours. I ran MSI afterburner while playing games and learned that even at temperatures below 60C on both GPU and CPU, my computer can still freeze during games. No errors/crashes found during stress tests

Prior to getting the RX 570 for my GPU and Seasonic S12II for my PSU, I only had the integrated graphics card and a generic 600w power supply. My computer also froze, but in a different manifestation. The screen would appear shattered with lines on it, then the sound will just loop. Also, I get blue screens with more than 10 different error types on some instances. This can happen anytime from an idle computer, games, browsing, and etc.

I first thought initially it was due to all the dust building up on my computer's components. I haven't cleaned it in several years. There were dust bunnies everywhere and the ram was coated with layers of dust. But then I did a major cleanup, and cleaned the CPU, the rams, and the motherboard (just wiped the board). But it still persisted.

I thought it was due to a faulty PSU as my computer is around 8 years old and a generic PSU would probably be failing already. But after getting a GPU and a good quality PSU, I still had hanging problems, but always only hangs during playing games completely then my monitor will lose signal in 10 seconds. Nothing more, no bluescreens and etc.

So I thought I should get myself a new motherboard unless someone tells me a otherwise. I am really desperate and frustrated and on a budget


CPU: i5-2310

GPU: Gigabyte RX 570

Ram: DDR3 4gb (2 sticks)

PSU: Seasonic S12II (650w)


I am also interested in getting a new SSD SSD 970 EVO NVMe M.2 500GB so any recommendations would be great as well.

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    Before purchasing new hardware, you may consider asking for help on Super User first (asking not what is happening to your PC, but how can you diagnose the the thing). I'm not particularly skilled at diagnosing this sort of problems, but it is likely that they come from something independent of your motherboard. My first thought would be to blame the faulty RAM, but it could be something else, including your software. – Arseni Mourzenko Jul 1 '19 at 17:36
  • @ArseniMourzenko Yes I might have to ask there. I've been asking around forums, but not much help either. Might go to superuser to ask one last time – Pherdindy Jul 4 '19 at 6:06
  • How old are your hdd/ssd's? – Henk Blaauw Jul 5 '19 at 7:46
  • About at least 8 years old. Never had any data corruptions though. Only full utilization of disk most of the time in task manager – Pherdindy Jul 5 '19 at 8:07
  • Seconding @ArseniMourzenko. I'd love to help, but debugging what's wrong with your computer should come before buying new hardware. Feel free to create a Super User post and link it here. – JMY1000 Jul 8 '19 at 7:34

Something you should consider is that Gigabyte Radeon GPUs are notorious for having many issues, even with a brand new card.

That said, its probably not a motherboard issue like others have said. The thing is, your CPU is already very old, and buying a new motherboard for it just doesn't make sense. If you look at This link, I picked a new CPU/Mobo/Ram combo that would be great for gaming. It's a hexacore with 12 threads, so much more than your current CPU without breaking the bank. Theres also the new Ryzen 3000 series that just released yesterday, but you would need to spend a bit more for the newest one of those.

Another point for this is that your CPU's generation doesn't support m.s SSDs yet, which is the type that the 970 EVo is. If you want that SSD (or one like it) you'll need a new motherboard anyways. You could also get an m.2 PCIE expansion card, but that wouldn't make any sense if you are buying a new motherboard.

That said, if you are set on a new motherboard for that generation you will need to look for a 2nd hand LGA 1155 motherboard on Ebay or the like, as that generation isn't sold in stores anymore. I found one consumer board here but it is so expensive, if you are spending that kind of money just buy a new CPU too.

Hope this helped.

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  • Your first link doesn't show the parts you selected, at least for me anyway. Can you verify that it is indeed working? – user1691 Jul 8 '19 at 20:17

See attached pic, I did this for a friend looking to build a new pc.

Your i5-2310 cpu @ 2.9ghz is socket LGA-1155. The current intel socket is LGA-1151.

Based on what I can infer from what you've mentioned and asked:

  • i've had or seen problems from bad sata power connector to drive from non-modular power supply, to bad sata cable to ssd, to bad sata connector (broken plastic) on ssd itself, to just flaky motherboards that need replacing.
  • a new LGA 1151 mobo can be purchased as cheap as $50 while still providing a full size pcie slot for any graphics card transplant. You do not need to buy a full size ATX mobo with the Z390 chipset at $200+.
  • you'll need to price out CPU + DDR4_RAM to go with an inexpensive LGA1151 mobo; if your running a standard ATX style case with ATX power supply then those items can be reused; purchasing DDR3 ram at this point in time or anything LGA1155 would not be economical.
  • the most affordable overall will be an AMD cpu on whatever their current socket is, sorry I only have my INTEL pic. But a most affordable intel LGA 1151 mobo will be a mini-itx or micro-atx size with a H110 chipset such as a ASRock H110M-HDS R3.0 LGA 1151 Intel H110
  • choosing a cpu with integrated graphics can alleviate the requirement for a pcie nvidia/amd graphics card all the time. Simply disable integrated cpu graphics in the BIOS when you want to run with a good graphics card, this can help troubleshoot bad graphics cards.

intel cpu choices 12/01/2019

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