Random PC crashes when playing games

I have recently noticed that when I play games, after around 10 minutes my PC shuts down and restarts. What may be causing this problem?
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  1. do you get a BSOD? what error code? What is your videocard temp? what are your specs? what motherboard/videocard/PSU?
  2. Driver errors, heat, lack of power, an unstable overclock...

    By the way, just being pedantic, but your wording implies that there was a period where the computer would shut down 10 minutes into gaming... and you wouldn't notice. :P
  3. My specs are:
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
    Intel Core i5 2400 @ 3.10 GHz
    8 GB RAM
    Gigabyte Motherboard Z68AP-D3 (Socket 1155)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB

    There is no BSOD or error codes, the screen just randomly goes black for a few seconds and my PC restarts
    What I have just noticed is that my GPU's temperature is 86 degrees Celsius when idle, which is what may cause the issue
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