Hello my friends, I am having trouble playing games with my pc.
It usually happens 20 minutes or more into a game (counterstrike, skyrim, almost all games). The screen will go blank, lose signal, and the computer however remains on. I know its frozen because all usb devices are inactive, and sound does not work at all (forcing me to power it off).
I've formatted and tried different drivers. I have tried buying a new power supply, believing it may be a power issue. I bought a 600 Watt Thermal Take power supply.... still happened. I brought it into best buy, paid 70 dollars to have a diagnosis. They told me I was having hard drive failures (..... what?). So I replaced the hard drive and sure enough it is STILL happening.
So..... I went and did my own research and thought (my first opinion) it may be my graphics card. I was thinking, maybe its overheating. My graphics card is at 74-84 C while idling, and would reach temperatures up to 110 C (just playing simple old counter strike). Are these normal temperatures? Anyone think its normal and may be another issue?
-Windows 7 (32bit)
-2 Gigs DDR2 RAM
-AMD Athlon Dual Core Processor 5400B 2.81 GHz
-Geforce 8800 GT, 512 RAM
-ASUS M2N-MX SE Plus Motherboard
Wow, this is brutal to say the least. I reckon 110C is way too high, I might be wrong but CRAP! That's very very high. Not saying that this is the cause but I think you might be burning out your GPU. Sorry dude ^_<
Yea I though it was a bit unusual as well. Good news, however! (this also goes out to people having this issue). I took it back to check it out again and they gave me a free cleaning. Turns out it was so built up with dust that it was overheating the GPU. All it needed was a good cleaning. Now it wont ever pass 70 C even during gaming. Thanks a lot guys!
One thing When Heat is a problem It will caues the hardwear to have a shorter life so watch it close. If you don't use a program to monitor the usage and Temps you should and if you do forget what I said. I am glad to see that you fix your own problem.