During some graphic intensive games (Just Cause 2, Call of Duty: World at War, even the older game Call of Duty 2), the video card will crash, and the monitor will go blank with a no signal message. During others, however, it plays flawlessly (Counter-Strike: Source, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Bioshock 2). When the crash happens, there is nothing I can do, as there is no video on the screen, and it can't be resurrected. I usually just turn the computer off, and when it reboots, everything works okay again. During those certain games, it crashes every time. The timing may be different, but sometimes it will crash in the same spot repeatedly. I can't figure it out. It's been quite a while since I've worked on computers, and my experience is (somewhat) limited. If it is not a video card problem, please set me straight. Thank you for your time.
Edit: This problem was not always present. It is something that has come about fairly recently, in the past two or three months. I did try updating the drivers, and there was no change.
I have a NZXT PP-800 800 watt psu.
I opened up the case, and saw a lot of dust, so I'm definitely going to blow it out today. Perhaps I will also buy another fan for it as well.,
I will look at the article and consider the option if nothing else works. I was thinking of buying a new card anyway because of this, so it wouldn't hurt.
Thank you all very much for your time and consideration. I will give you an update soon.
Just to let you guys know; the problem is fixed! I suppose it was just overheating. After I cleaned out the dust, which was in abundance, and installing the new fan, the problem has ceased! Thanks a lot for your suggestions guys! I really appreciate it. Happy Holidays.