Well, my gut reaction was look at the video card first (and memory as a distant second), so I generally concur with the approach being taken. Have you tried running the processor diagnostic test with the video steps disabled? Have you tried removing the video card and testing using the Intel HD Graphics engine (it obviously won't run every game, but at least it will allow you to (hopefully) do a full run of the processor diagnostic test).
Hope this helps,
Hello, thanks for the response.
How would i go about running the processor diagnostic tool with video steps disabled? When I open it, the test starts immediately and locks up at the prime numbers test section within 2-3 seconds. I will try removing the video card tonight and see what happens, thanks for the tip!