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How to test if your graphics card works?

Hi I'd like to test my graphics card, It's a 5870 and I think it's causing my pc to crash. Whenever I play games it freezes, then goes black as if it had shut down but the pc is still on so I have to hard shut it down. I updated the drivers last week on tuesday and it worked fine until noon wednesday this week. I think it might be my graphics card or ram but how can I test my gpu? Also on CPUID and Control Panel it says I only have 4gb of ram but I have 6gb. Also I use CCcleaner once a day, is that bad? Thanks.

EDIT !!: If I need to upgrade ram or gpu what should I get? ( I have a ROG 3 EXTREME)

SPECS:
650W PSU
5870 GPU
I7 930 CPU
6GB GSKILL TRIDENTS
ASUS ROG 3 EXTREME
60GB SSD FOR W7 OS
1TB WD BLACK.
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    You GPU might be overheating, try to monitor the heat while gaming.
    You could use speccy or something like that.
  2. vmN said:
    You GPU might be overheating, try to monitor the heat while gaming.
    You could use speccy or something like that.


    Been using CPUID and it never really goes over 60-65 celcius, is that bad?
  3. Hi, I've recently had the same issue with my Nvidia GTX 480, the issue started a couple of days after I downloaded the latest Nvidia driver and has progressivly gotten worse to a point where it boots then black screens once I would normally log in to windows. Unsure whether this is an issue with the driver or a hardware issue with the card. Did you solve what was causing your issue in the end?

    Using windows 8.1 if that helps :-)
  4. Hey harlinos, I actually solved this problem about 4 months ago. I replaced my 5870 with a 580 and it works awesomely. :)
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