Video card keeps crashing

so iv been having this intermittent video issue which has been plaguing me for past 6 months. the issue im having is my video driver/card will crash if u will and my screen will go blank. most of the time it just says the video driver has encountered and issue and has crashed but successfully restarted its self and when that happens my video will just blank out n then come back on. but sometimes it will crash completely and my monitor will get the box saying no input found. and then i have to reboot my computer to get video again. for the first while i thought it may have been just cause my video card requires min 450W of power and i only had a budget 500W psu, but then a few weeks ago i upgraded my psu to a 700w ocz modular psu and it still does it. so i kinda thought it may be my video card so i borrowed my friends Asus 8800GT video card but it does the same thing just not as frequent. so i considered maybe it was a different piece of hardware so i ran MRI on it while using the 8800GT vid card but all tests came back as passed except one which was just for the harddrive scan cause it was scanning my usb flash drive which i forgot to unplug and so i canceled the scan on the hdd but besides that everything came back fine. im getting to the point where im about to say F-it and go build an AMD Phenom II system. but figured id stop here and see if anyone can shed some light on this. BTW iv also tried updating drivers but this has continued to happen with every driver even beta drivers from 280.26 the current driver for the 8800GT is 285.38 which is a beta driver. please help as im at wits end with this thanks.

my specs are

Asus P5K SE motherboard
Intel Pent D 945 3.40Ghz
6GB Kingston ddr2 800mhz ram
OCZ ModXstream-pro 700 psu
Galaxy GTX 550TI 2GB PCIE Video card.
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  1. I have also been having the same problem with a 560 Ti. I have RMA'd it and they sent it back saying it passed all their tests (obviously they didn't just do an empirical analysis as they would have noticed that the graphics card would turn off on its own).
    I have never gotten a driver error, but the monitor does go black and the computer stops producing sound. Fans on motherboard and card continue to spin.
    Gigabyte 880GMA-UD2H
    Antec High Current Gamer 750W PSU
    AMD 3.2GHz 6-core (1090 Phenom X6?)
    1.5TB Seagate HDD
    120 unknown HDD
    Unknown DVD drive
    6GB Corsair 1333 MHz DDR3
    PNY GeForce 560 GTX Ti 822MHz
  2. yah mine does that, most of the time when the monitor goes black for me it comes back on and then i get a pop up stating the driver xxx.xx has crashed but successfully recovered but theres been a few times that it will go black and wont come back on and i have to reboot.

    what OS are you running? im currently running windows 7 ultimate x64
  3. just a update, i was digging threw the mini dump file and i found this

    The display driver failed to respond in timely fashion.
    (This code can never be used for real bugcheck).
    Arg1: fffffa8007be2010, Optional pointer to internal TDR recovery context (TDR_RECOVERY_CONTEXT).
    Arg2: fffff8800f2698e0, The pointer into responsible device driver module (e.g owner tag).
    Arg3: 0000000000000000, The secondary driver specific bucketing key.
    Arg4: 0000000000000000, Optional internal context dependent data.

    Debugging Details:

    fffff880`0f2698e0 ?? ???


    TAG_NOT_DEFINED_202b: *** Unknown TAG in analysis list 202b

    BUGCHECK_STR: 0x117

    PROCESS_NAME: System


    fffff880`06957630 fffff880`0f05b5f7 : fffffa80`07be2010 fffff880`0f0a7e93 fffffa80`07be2010 fffff880`0f029843 : watchdog!WdDbgReportRecreate+0xa3
    fffff880`06957b50 fffff880`0f05c2bc : fffff8a0`0ef76560 fffff8a0`0ef76560 00000000`00000080 fffffa80`07be2010 : dxgkrnl!TdrUpdateDbgReport+0xcb
    fffff880`06957ba0 fffff880`0f0306b3 : 00000000`00000001 fffffa80`07d2c000 00000000`00000000 fffff880`00000088 : dxgkrnl!TdrCollectDbgInfoStage2+0x220
    fffff880`06957bd0 fffff880`0f05ce0f : 00000000`00000000 ffffffff`fffe7960 fffffa80`07be2010 fffff880`0fda9dc0 : dxgkrnl!DXGADAPTER::Reset+0xef
    fffff880`06957c80 fffff880`0fda9ec1 : fffffa80`078ec010 00000000`00000080 00000000`00000000 fffffa80`076b1010 : dxgkrnl!TdrResetFromTimeout+0x23
    fffff880`06957d00 fffff800`0336efee : 00000000`00000001 fffffa80`06817b60 fffffa80`051de740 00000000`00000000 : dxgmms1!VidSchiWorkerThread+0x101
    fffff880`06957d40 fffff800`030c55e6 : fffff880`009ea180 fffffa80`06817b60 fffffa80`07f2eb60 00000000`00000246 : nt!PspSystemThreadStartup+0x5a
    fffff880`06957d80 00000000`00000000 : fffff880`06958000 fffff880`06952000 fffff880`06964b70 00000000`00000000 : nt!KxStartSystemThread+0x16

    STACK_COMMAND: .bugcheck ; kb

    fffff880`0f2698e0 ?? ???

    SYMBOL_NAME: nvlddmkm+1758e0

    FOLLOWUP_NAME: MachineOwner

    MODULE_NAME: nvlddmkm

    IMAGE_NAME: nvlddmkm.sys


    FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x117_IMAGE_nvlddmkm.sys

    BUCKET_ID: X64_0x117_IMAGE_nvlddmkm.sys

    Followup: MachineOwner
  4. Also sometimes mine will not even boot up at start to allow me to see my mobo BIOS message... but then sometimes it will...
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