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June 17, 2014 1:54:50 PM

Recently, I took my video card out of my system(giving to friend as I'm buying a new one) and now when I try to play games, be it Diablo 3, League of Legends, Emulator games, or Rift, my computer freezes after about 5-10mins of gameplay. The system worked great before I took the card out, never having a single problem. I defragged, disc cleanup, ran malwarebytes, ran virus scans, and it was all clean. So I downloaded HWmonitor, and ran prime95 for an hour and my cpu temp never reached above 60degrees celcius and it didnt freeze. So I have no clue what the issue is. Computer specs listed below

Operating System
Windows 8.1 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz 35 °C
Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
ASRock Z77 Pro3 (CPUSocket) 32 °C
Graphics
ASUS VS228 (1920x1080@60Hz)
Intel HD Graphics 4000 (ASRock)
Storage
931GB Seagate ST1000DM003-9YN162 (SATA) 28 °C
Optical Drives
hp DVD-RAM GH82N
Audio
High Definition Audio Device

My old video card was an AMD Radeon 6750 core edition. And I did uninstall the drivers. Also my two RAM sticks are both 4gb, but one is 1600mhz and the other 1333 or w/e the speed is for that range.

Basically I just need to know why it could be freezing. Because it should not be.

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June 17, 2014 1:59:59 PM

I would reinstall the Intel graphics driver for the integrated graphics, or just purchase the graphics card you mentioned.

You may have uninstalled or damaged the integrated graphics driver.
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June 17, 2014 2:01:12 PM

So now your PC has no graphics card in, when you game you are using the CPU on-board graphics? Will prime95 use the on-board graphics? I suspect the problem is your CPU is getting too hot when on-board graphics are used.

When you get a new GPU, everything will probably be fine again
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June 17, 2014 2:03:59 PM

I already tried reinstalling the intel graphics drivers. So just no gaming until I get a new video card then? And yes, on-board graphics atm.
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June 17, 2014 2:07:46 PM

Windows system log should tell you what caused the freeze....have you looked in Event Viewer ?
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June 17, 2014 2:10:22 PM

Yeah, I checked the logs, and there's nothing out of the ordinary. All the errors just say that the computer was shutdown unexpectedly. I have to hold the power button down to shut it down.
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