Windows 8 Hard Freezes

Date Published: 06/22/2013 9:23 PM

Just finished building a computer with the following specs:

CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5GHz
CPU Cooler: Corsair H60Liquid CPU Cooler
Motherboard: ASRock Z87 Extreme4 ATX LGA1150
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 32GB
Storage: 250GB Samsung 840-Series SSD Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB Video Card (ACX Cooling Edition)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N250PCe 802.11b/g/n
Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D ATX Full Tower Case
Case Fan: Corsair Air Series AF120 Quiet Edition (x2)
Power Supply: Corsair Enthusiast 650W
Optical Drive: LG UH12NS29 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
Other: Rosewill 5.25-Inch 2 Port USB 3.0/4 Port USB 2.0 Hub
Other: NZXT Technologies 5.25-Inch Hue RGB LED Color Changing Controller

When I run many programs, I experience a hard freeze with repeating sounds. So far the list of programs is as such: Chrome running, Dota 2, Minecraft, EVE Online, Tropico 4. Notably not playing music from Spotify or simply idling for long periods of time.

I've updated my drivers on pretty much everything, Mobo, HDD, Gfx Card, Mouse/Keyboard. Only device I can't figure out is a "PCI Simple Communications Controller" with an ID of "\VEN_8086&DEV_8C3A&SUBSYS_8C3A1849&REV_04\3&11583659&0&B0"
No clue what it is since I already have Drivers for my Network card.

Ran Memtest twice with no errors. Event viewer is showing nothing harshly negative other than some recurring registry leaking.
"Windows detected your registry file is still in use by other applications or services. The file will be unloaded now. The applications or services that hold your registry file may not function properly afterwards."

43 user registry handles leaked from \Registry\User\S-1-5-21-2064953435-2666972605-4172794769-1001: Process 660 (\Device\HarddiskVolume2\Windows\System32\lsass.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER<String of numbers> Process 660 (\Device\HarddiskVolume2\Windows\System32\lsass.exe) has opened key \REGISTRY\USER<String of numbers>

Any ideas or troubleshooting I could do?

Edit 7:27PM - Found 53 Windows Updates, going to try installing those.

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  • graymen posted this on 06/23/2014 at 1:23 PM

    Hi there,
    i solf the same problem with the motherboard CD by installing the "Intel smart connect software" found in the driver tab.
    hope you get the luck....

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