Computer Crashed Whe playing Games, Requires Hard Reset

I can run World of Warcraft and Battlefield 3 at max settings and NOTHING happens. Runs like a dream. However if I play any over games such as Skyrim or the Witcher 2 my computer will completely crash to a black screen and then a weird buzzing noise which lasts 1-2 seconds. It will then require a hard reset.

This crash only happens when I play video games and it seems adjusting the settings doesn't seem to change anything. High or low settings it will still crash. I have ruled out Temperature I think. At it's hottest my GPU will be at about 55C.

Any suggestions?

My Specs- Operating System:
Windows (Service Pack 1)
CPU Type:
Intel® Core™ i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz
CPU Speed:
3.2 GHz
System Memory:
7.99 GB
Video Card Model:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
Video Card Memory:
3.97 GB
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  1. Did you look at CPU Temps. What psu do you have? Have you run Memtest?
  2. this for the witcher 2 for skyrim did you have the latest patch the 1.5 for the 20 of march 2012
  3. Did you just recently install new NVIDIA drivers? I say this as my GTX 560 was doing the same thing (but a pink screen instead) and required a hard reboot. Rolled back my drivers to the previous one and haven't had the problem since.

    Just tossing some ideas.
  4. I had older NVdia drivers when the problem began. The new one didn't fix it any.
  5. did you update the games with the patch
  6. Yes updated both games with patch. the hottest CPU core runs at 65C
  7. you still safe at this temp but i would try to find what made that bussung noise it could be the graphic card or psu you did not put specs of psu
  8. Do you have another computer you can swap the GPU and PSU out with to see if the problems happen with a different computer? or a friend's computer willing to let you try it out? My guess is the psu is going, but this could also be the GPU.
  9. I ran the memtest and got no errors. I linked the PSU so what do you means by specs Scout? I don't have another comp I can switch out with but I do have a friend who will prbly test it for me on his comp.
  10. specs is for name and model of psu
  11. OCZ Fatal1ty 750W Modular Gaming Power Supply
    model #- OCZ750FTY
  12. your psu deliver 18 amps on 4 ,12 volts lines most of the one who review the card use at least 25 amps for the 12volts lines and the one that use a single line start at 46 amps ,try to use 2 separate lines to power the card and see witch on work better
  13. I'm kind of confused by your response. Are you saying I should get another PSU that delivers the ampage better? Or am I supposed to change the cabling around?
  14. since this is a modular would try 1and 2 or 1 and 3 for the graphic card until you could find two cable that could power correctly the card or try to borrow a psu with a singular 12 volts line that give at least 48 amps to test your graphic card.could be the graphic card itself that is having a bug
  15. I tried switch the PSU cables around to no avail, however i found out that playing some of the games in windowed mode helps the crashing and stops it completely for some games.
  16. Best answer
    then try to test your graphic card in another system look like she having issue to handle some stress,did you overclock her. but if she still under warranty ask for rma
  17. Seems like turning down the clock fixed the problem. Haven't encountered it again yet. I just think it's weird because I can play Battlefield 3 ultra and it didn't crash before i turned down the clock.
  18. Best answer selected by mines51.
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