I have been playing BF3 for almost a year now. Never had any problem crashing.
About 2 months ago I purchased and installed Windows 8, and ever since I have constant crashing when playing.
What happens is I'll be playing and then all the sudden I'll lag a few times and then I know it's coming. Freeze, then a few frames, freeze again. Then either it stays frozen on that game screen or it throws me to a black screen. Sometimes I can get to the desktop but I have no mouse and the computer won't respond. Only way to get out of it is to do a hard reset by pushing the reset button on the case. Then once the computer boots I can go back into the game and start playing again.
I've tried all the latest drivers. Currently running 12.1 Beta as suggested by a forum user, he said he had the same problem and it fixed it but it has not fixed mine.
Core i3-2100 (maxes at 54c during game, 59c under prime95)
8GB 1.5v Mushkin DDR3-1333
XFX HD5850 1GB at stock 725/1000 (maxes at 50c with 55% fan speed)
WD 500 hd/WD 160 hd backup
Antec Earthwatts (Delta) 380w Bronze
Windows 8 64bit
I'm at witts end. No crashes in Metro 2033. No crashes in BF3 under Vista. Just started happening with Windows 8.
Latest isn't always the best, I think W7>W8 in many ways. A quick google yielded, it COULD be a gpu threading issue, make sure you dont have any browser windows open with flash (or disable flash hardware acceleration). You could also try disabling Origin (by replacing awc.dll with a modified one, google it) and then try running the game.
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Although Antec is a reputable PSU manufacturer.....380W for gaming with a 5850 is a little lite in my opinion. It may meet the need but you want some buffer there so that the PSU is not clipping stressing to get the juice to the components. Probably has absolutely jack to do with your issue, but it was an observation that to me was worth noting.
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I agree with Canis, I figure you are pulling close to 300w, which after a few years is close to the max a 380w unit can produce after factoring in component degradation, so I would definitely look at grabbing a Corsair TX550. As for your issue, I see a few posts which say the issue is related to Punkbuster and an installation of the latest version fixes it, and I sure would have stuck with Vista until Windows 9, all you get with Windows 8 is native mounting of virtual disk images and a crappy UI.
Wrong, my system pulls 220w at the wall under prime 95, I have enough headroom for a quad core and video card upgrade.
A video card upgrade to a 7850 will use 40w less than my 5850 and a i7-3750 or other 95w cpu will only be 30 more than the cpu I have now, so I'll actually be pulling 10w less with the upgrade.
I have plenty of 550-650w psu's still in the box but I have no reason to use one.
Setting BFE.exe to run in win7 compatability mode has completely fixed my problem, haven't had a single crash since doing that. Also the new AMD driver has really upped my fps in BF3, I'm just completely owning people with my dual core and old 5850, so I really don't feel I even need any upgrade at this point until I upgrade to a 24-27" monitor.
My Killowatt meter says 221w under Prime95. Not sure how you could possibly come up with 275w minimum.
The cpu TDP of 65w includes graphics which I'm not using. I have a very tiny low power motherboard (it's smaller than my video card), and I have 2 sticks of low voltage ram and 1 hd and 1 optical drive.
Power supply calculators over rate to be on the safe side.
Anyways, my problem is fixed, thanks for your help.
I've logged almost 50hrs of BF3 since changing the compatability mode, not a single crash.
From a gamer to gamer i'd say you should stick with Windows 7 till Windows 8 gets SP1 in 2014 if you still play BF3 on Windows 8 then unless you have only Windows 8 can't help you out then, because i wont move into that till SP1.