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Computer Crashes During Medium/ Heavy Gaming?

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April 19, 2014 12:47:27 AM

Ok, so the computer has been running completely fine for around 4 months now. I've chucked hard stuff at it and it has run fine. A week ago I was playing Garry's Mod (a HL2 mod) and the computer crashed mid-game. No warning, no frame stutter, the screen just went black, I got a message saying "No audio or visual connected" (or something like that), while I could hear that the computer was still running. I popped the side open just to check, and it the screen wasn't black, I would have said it was running fine. Neither the power or restart buttons worked, so I had to physically pull the plug to turn the machine off. I rebooted and all seemed fine. I assumed it was a glitch, and continued playing Garry's Mod. About 5 minutes later, exactly the same, with the computer crashing whilst still "running". I left it for a few days until I was playing Skyrim last night. I played for around 2 hours before the crash. Today, still Skyrim, same deal.

The computer performed wonderfully before, and I have never had a crash or even a glitch before now. So there wouldn't be any issue with hardware. There is no overclock, and the whole thing runs pretty cool.

I didn't cheap out on anything, Though I am running a stock AMD. Specs: AMD FX8320, Gigabyte R9 270, ASRock Extreme3, Patriot 8Gb, Antec HCG 520.

Any ideas as to what the problem may be?
April 19, 2014 12:53:16 AM

Try updating your drivers. Also check the temps of your gpu while running games.
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April 19, 2014 1:29:28 AM

Ok, just did a run in Skyrim, GPU temps around 55C, which is very good, while the CPU has me a little worried at a max of 56C. I've downloaded new drivers, so I'll do a proper game tonight and watch the temperatures over a longer period, to see if my CPU is the problem. I'll let you know how it goes.
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April 19, 2014 2:51:58 AM

Sure. 56 c Isn't dangerous for a cpu. Also, Since your display turned black it is probably fixed with the new drivers.
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April 19, 2014 5:55:18 AM

Nope, no good, still get the crashes, they're followed by an automatic restart now, though. Used CoreTemp to monitor the temps and they didn't go over my 65 degree cutoff, so it definitely isn't a overheating problem. Updated to the latest drivers, any ideas what the problem could be?
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April 19, 2014 6:42:20 AM

Broba Fett said:
Nope, no good, still get the crashes, they're followed by an automatic restart now, though. Used CoreTemp to monitor the temps and they didn't go over my 65 degree cutoff, so it definitely isn't a overheating problem. Updated to the latest drivers, any ideas what the problem could be?


My CPU temperature rises to 73°C, Thats not the problem AMD is like a tank... I think you may have a problem in CPU or GPU..Electronic products have no guarantee today is OK but tomorrow it won't work..... Use with care and caution . :) 
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April 19, 2014 10:27:00 AM

Thanks for the responses guys, really helped :) . Turns out it was a dodgy stick of RAM. Now to wait till Tuesday to get a new stick ahaha
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