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April 9, 2013 8:53:33 AM

I got this computer probably about 3-4 years ago it worked great at the start i enjoyed playing video games, that i couldnt play on my older PC.And here comes the bad news about 3-4 months ago i was playing some borderlands 2.When suddenly the screen went black and started restarting i thought that was somekind of a random restart and i didnt pay attention but when i started to play more this error began to occur really often i though that is probably from the game so i deleted it.Then i started playing League of Legends, same story. working about 20-30 min sometimes even 2h and rebooting. I reinstalled my PC, didnt help.It reboots games i have played before and i am surprised.I asked my brother he told me to clean it so i did.This probably gave me some more time.About 30-35 min gameplay and restart again.It doesnt happen with all games.I can play counter strike, mineecraft , warcraft without a problem.Its like rebooting to all games with better graphics.If someone can give me an advice I`d appreciate it.
April 9, 2013 8:58:31 AM

argirov said:
I got this computer probably about 3-4 years ago it worked great at the start i enjoyed playing video games, that i couldnt play on my older PC.And here comes the bad news about 3-4 months ago i was playing some borderlands 2.When suddenly the screen went black and started restarting i thought that was somekind of a random restart and i didnt pay attention but when i started to play more this error began to occur really often i though that is probably from the game so i deleted it.Then i started playing League of Legends, same story. working about 20-30 min sometimes even 2h and rebooting. I reinstalled my PC, didnt help.It reboots games i have played before and i am surprised.I asked my brother he told me to clean it so i did.This probably gave me some more time.About 30-35 min gameplay and restart again.It doesnt happen with all games.I can play counter strike, mineecraft , warcraft without a problem.Its like rebooting to all games with better graphics.If someone can give me an advice I`d appreciate it.

Check your gpu temps...You could be stressing your video card to much and it over heats with newer games.Also check your cpu temps.About only thing i can think of...Make sure your drivers are up to date too
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April 9, 2013 9:01:29 AM

Sounds like an overheating issue.
I would do two things.
1) Remove the graphics card, unscrew the screws connecting the fan on the card, clean the connections between the fan/card and reapply thermal compound.
2) Do the same with the CPU/heatsink and fan.

I had a similar issue with one of my brother's PC's and it turned out to be the CPU/heatsink/fan thermal compound. You should also make sure that you have the most recent drivers for your graphics card and see if the manufacturer has any firmware updates for the card (flash it).
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April 9, 2013 12:03:07 PM

sorry for the late answer i had some work.Which drivers exactly do i check ?
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April 9, 2013 12:07:17 PM

argirov said:
sorry for the late answer i had some work.Which drivers exactly do i check ?


I would check the drivers for your graphics card.

It never hurts to check the chipset drivers too but graphics card is what's causing your issues.
April 9, 2013 12:17:00 PM

It turns out that i have 7 drivers out can you give me a suggestion how to upgrade them without going into the internet, but from the control panel ? Im with windows 7
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April 9, 2013 12:22:04 PM

You need to go to the internet to download any new versions of the drivers.

If your PC was made by an OEM manufacturer you can go to their site, put your model in and download from there. If not you need to use a 3rd party app (cpu-z) or something like that to find out what you have for a graphics card.
April 10, 2013 4:05:38 AM

ok drivers are good now. But i still have the problem. This is the temperature during gameplay GPU:40-42 C HDO: 41-43 C Core: 39-41
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April 10, 2013 4:43:38 AM

You need to monitor when it freezes... or until it freezes.

Also, it wouldn't hurt to run onboard diagnostics if your PC has that feature. It still sounds like CPU/GPU to me. A burn-in test wouldn't be a bad idea with an active temperature monitor.
April 10, 2013 5:13:30 AM

Or with other words to stress the computer ? Oh and one more thing i forgot about, I lowered my League of Legends graphics and now it doesnt restart
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April 10, 2013 6:01:58 AM

It still seems like something is overheating or something is faulty. My guess is still something related to your graphics card.
April 10, 2013 6:10:55 AM

Yes, i think so too. Any Suggestions what should i do ?
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