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January 20, 2013 11:33:05 PM

Over the last few weeks my computer has been experiencing a new problem where, while playing games, my GPU activity will spike to 100% when there's no reason it should be so high. My computer then crashes, only to immediately reboot. I have a Sapphire 7850 and it has been working perfectly since I built my computer this summer. I have disk defragged and ccleaned, but I feel like with these GPU activity spikes the problem is definitely there.

For reference the games I've experienced crashes in are: TERA, League of Legends, and Skyrim. It happens with most frequency in TERA (every single time I launch it) and least frequency in Skyrim (often doesn't happen at all). Here is a link to my parts list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/yAk5

The only thing I have changed recently is added a new HDD and I can't see why that would be an issue. I have dusted all my parts, rerouted cables I thought could be causing problems, updated drivers, everything I can think of. If you have any ideas on how to fix this problem, please let me know. I appreciate the help :) 

I've never posted here before, so if I posted in the wrong forum or something, I'm sorry, just let me know.
a c 136 B Homebuilt system
January 21, 2013 12:07:44 AM

have you tried updating the drivers?
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January 21, 2013 12:31:46 AM

Yes I'm updated to the latest AMD driver. Thanks for the reply
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
January 21, 2013 12:41:08 AM

when you are running a game are you doing anything else with the computer?

Have you tried rolling back to a previous driver?
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January 21, 2013 1:02:17 AM

No I have nothing else open. I haven't tried that because this started while I had been using the same driver for awhile. I will try that now, though.
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January 21, 2013 1:24:05 AM

Does the core frequency drop during these GPU usage spikes?
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January 21, 2013 1:39:59 AM

I tried rolling back and that did not resolve the issue.

aicom I took this screen as a spike was happening: http://imgur.com/FIrhZVj
I'm not sure which core frequency is, I assume it is GPU clock? If so, then no it doesn't drop, it spikes. The activity was actually at 99%, but after I minimized it began to go back down.
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January 21, 2013 1:50:04 AM

Do you have any program monitor the temp? maybe your gpu is getting to hot?
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January 21, 2013 1:55:08 AM

I use Catalyst Control Center to monitor. I've never seen the temp go higher than 50(C) under fairly heavy load.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
January 21, 2013 2:21:19 AM

Head for Task Manager

Look or programs that are not running but are using a lot of RAM .
In particular look for programs that use hardware acceleration
Maybe image/video editing /encoding
Maybe Flash

try ending that process manually and then start your game running and see if the result is the same
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January 21, 2013 2:24:21 AM

None of my processes appear to be abnormally high. I appreciate your continued help
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January 21, 2013 3:00:47 AM

Uninstalling CCC did not correct the problem.

I ran dxdiag and it says those 3 things are enabled so I followed the instructions and went to advanced display settings-->troubleshot, but the box to change settings was unclickable.

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January 24, 2013 7:40:20 PM

*bump* issue is still not resolved. Any help still appreciated.
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