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ntoskrnl.exe is the main kernel of Windows. The error is basically telling us what we already knew, Windows has crashed at a kernel level.
hal.dll is another core component, its the hardware abstraction level, it essentially sits between hardware & windows.
Whatever it is, it is crashing, then it is being masked by Windows errors. It'd be useful to know the error code produced, such as WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR.
Go through every single driver that machine has, even ones you didn't know it had, and make sure they're up to date. Especially for any components that have been replaced recently, and of course the usual graphics driver update if you're playing intensive games.
If no help,
Make sure the GPU is actually suitable for the 'resource intensive game' you're playing. A GTS250 is incredibly weak compared to <any modern one>.
Make sure your power supply unit has enough wattage throughput to power your GPU and all other components when all components are running at theoretical max. If it runs out of juice, GPUs can start acting very funky. Remember the '500W' rating is just the universal amount, it won't put out all that 500W on the GPU usage rails. It'll have a sticker on the side of it specifying exactly where the volts and watts go.
Make sure the power supply is actually outputting what it claims to be, and isn't on its way out.
Memtest the RAM and ensure that is a pass (this'll take a while, and will need a floppy, USB flash (if your motherboard can boot from USB, it should if its anywhere near modern) or other media that can be bootable, install memtest64+ to it, restart the PC and boot from the media you installed it on, it'll start itself up. Run it through a few passes
Ensure your motherboard has the most recent BIOS update, it often improves the firmware to drive CPUs, especially those released after the motherboard was.
The GPU is manufactured by Palit, It can handle CIM2 with no FPS drops
Of the four BSOD's I've had, I've seen two WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR BSOD's and the others have been IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL ones. A couple of times the system just stops, no BSOD, just reboots, hence why I'm suspecting foul play with the PSU.
I'll update the drivers now and see if that helps with stability, I'll have to get a USB stick later and install MEMTEST, I did a SFC scan with no errors and the same happened with CHKDISK,
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