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Help, Comp goes black 10 mins into some games

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May 21, 2011 8:27:44 PM

I played the whole of half life 2 with no issues, half life episode one for the most part with no issues. Until i was at the end of the game, my computer screen would randomly go black and this repeating sound came from the speakers. Making me force shutdown my computer every time.

Ever since then i can only play 10-20 mins of episode one or two before this event happens again. after experimenting with other games i've come to find out that it even happens when playing torchlight.

my specs are as follow:

Processor: Intel(r) core(tm)2 quad cpu Q8300 @ 2.50GHz 2.50 GHz
RAM: 6.00 Go
System: 64 bits
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 220

Not great with computers so if i missed anything just tell me,

thanks

(also this may be in the wrong category/sub-category, apologies if it is)

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a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2011 5:07:05 AM

apart from your graphics card being horribly under powered to run well anything above solitaire you might be having heat issues or power issues. check and see if your case is hot inside. if it is you may need better cooling. If not post the rest of your system specs (hard drive, cd rom, how much stuff youve got plugged into it via usb, whether or not you have a pci sound card or nic or modem or anything like that, etc. and I can tell you what power supply you'll need to be running to be able to play without lockups.

All that being said you might want to invest in a higher end gpu as well. hell you can get a gts450 for ~100 bucks on newegg (galaxy currently has a MIR for theirs making it 75 bucks)
May 23, 2011 6:20:50 PM

thanks for your responce.. I think its a problem with overheating because i touched the graphics card when the issue happened again and it was damn hot that i had to withdraw my hand.. So i was wondering if you could suggest a better cooling unit (thats relatively cheap) im also planning to change the graphics card to the one you suggested,
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a b U Graphics card
May 23, 2011 7:47:44 PM

Graphics cards get too hot to touch in normal use run HW Monitor to see what temps you get.
May 23, 2011 8:47:59 PM

Right Downloaded HW monitor and it said my graphics card went up to 109 C, after that it just shut down.. Fans were running at 100% and ther rest of computer was more or less around 40..

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