Every game stops responding

Hello, all. Earlier today, I was playing Battlefield 3 when it stopped responding on me. It gave me the error "Battlefield 3 has stopped working," and Windows was unable to solve it. I noticed several people were having issues, so I kind of shrugged it off. It kept happening, so I eventually just gave up. Just a bit ago, I was trying to play Borderlands 2 and got the same thing, and then I got it a few more times trying to play. Same thing with Crysis 3, as well. I've tried about 8 games now, and it happens every time.

My specs are: Intel i5-3570k | Sapphire Vapor-X HD 7970 | 8 GB G.Skill Ripjaw X | Asus P8Z77-V Pro | Corsair 500R | Corsair HX750 | 1 TB Seagate HDD | 120 GB Intel 520 SSD

I ran Memtest and checked out with no issues, I ran Furmark and checked out with no issues. I really have no clue what else to do.

Apologies if this is posted in the wrong section and thanks for any help! :)

EDIT: I just ran Prime95 with the Small FFTs test and my CPU cores instantly skyrocketed to the following -

Core 0 = 92c
Core 1 = 101c
Core 2 = 105c

Tried the blend test and BSOD'd.
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  1. if you have spare heat paste, remove cooler and re-apply the paste maybe you have overheating caused by cooler pulling away from cpu. other alternative could be direct x giving issues, had similar problem but mine was before starting the game not while in it.
  2. It was due to loose RAM. Not sure how it got loose, but okay. :D
  3. Loose ram didn't make the CPU overheat so even if thats the cause of the problem I suggest you sort out the cooling. Why only 3 core temps for a 4 core CPU?
  4. Unsure on why it is only showing 3 cores on SpeedFan. HWMonitor is showing a 4th core.

    Isn't Prime95 designed to heat your CPU to it's max temps?

    Either way, here was my hardware monitor after running Prime95 for about 7 minutes.
  5. You want to keep the load temps in the 70s or low 80s max. I cannot see any temps.
  6. Oops. =X

    Those are the temps I got. A little high, but should I really be worried about that?

  7. Cpu voltage is to high, have you overclocked and what cooler are you using?
  8. Yeah, I am running it at 4.5 GHz using a Hyper Evo 212.
  9. Its not safe to run at much over 1.3V Cpu and according to CPUz you are over 1.4V I am no expert on overclocking i5s but I suggest you set your CPU voltage below or at 1.3 and redo your overclock or even better seek expert advice in the overclocking section of this forum. either way your temps and voltage are way to high.
  10. The thing is, running Prime95 is the only time I hit those voltages. Here is HWMonitor while playing Darksiders -

    It usually stays around 1.15-1.25 volts, even while playing games like Crysis 3, Far Cry 3, etc. I've gotten warnings saying that my temps hit a max of 70c twice while playing Far Cry 3, and I don't think that's all that bad. Also, an overclocking guide posted here said that it's okay to hit up to 1.502. I can't really even find a definitive answer saying anything above 1.3 is bad, especially not running at 100% CPU speed.
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    Its up to you like I say i am no expert on i5 overclocking but as far as I know 1.3V is the max you should be running without extreme cooling. I suggest you start a new thread in the overclocking section just for clarification. You never know when a new game will push your CPU to 100% for a long period and the 103C temps in prime 95 are definitely to high.
  12. Okay, well, I appreciate your help. The 103c temps were high, but they were greatly reduced for whatever reason (Down to the 89c or whatever the other screenshot showed), but I suppose it won't hurt to look more into it.
  13. Best answer selected by TienNguyen.
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