Games Keep Crashing System

By Vbianco ยท 8 replies
Aug 26, 2013
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  1. Hey guys.
    Most recently my copy of Arma III has been crashing a lot, usually within 5-10 minutes of gameplay. I have just discovered two other titles which were running fine doing the same IF I leave them idle without any input (ie, keyboard, mouse), this seems to be tied to the fact that somtimes, perhaps 1 in 10, my system decides it doesnt want to wake up from 'sleep' mode.

    The crash consists of the game sound playing a few seconds then freezes, screen usually turns black with fragmented graphics last seen in game, before going completely black. A reboot is always required, ctrl alt delete does not work.

    My system specs are as follows:

    Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1
    BIOS Date: 07/12/12 11:28:38 Ver: 04.06.04
    Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
    7970HD 3gb GPU
    990FX Extreme 4
    Memory: 16384MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 16380MB RAM
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11

    So far I have tried a memory test (single pass) with the windows diagnostic tool, came through clear.

    Checked for virii/malware, seems safe/clear, and cant see any reason why it wouldn't be.

    Installed/Uninstalled audio and graphics driver(several times).

    Opened up my rig, given a good dose of compressed air.

    Reinstalled games in question, checked integrity in Steam.

    Monitored temps in both CPU and GPU, both seem to be at acceptable levels.

    I am really at a loss of what I should try next, I am getting extremely frustrated, I pray some wisdom here may guide me to a working rig once more!
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Try another power supply... What power supply do you have installed?
  3. Vbianco

    Vbianco TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Quite an old one actually, maybe 4-5 years old, perhaps it is dying? All I remember about it was it was high volts/watts and it didn't cost me a lot.
    Its not too costly a venture, I will give this a shot, and report back (also with specifics about what PSU I have inside is called).
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Okay, sounds good... Try to get at least 650 Watts
  5. Vbianco

    Vbianco TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thinking of grabbing a Corsair TX650, Ive been told it should be more than sufficient for my rig as I have no plans of going Xfire, does this seem like a decent PSU?
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes that would do fine;)
  7. Vbianco

    Vbianco TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well, just put the Corsair TX650 in... lets have a look shall we!
  8. Vbianco

    Vbianco TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Shattered. Crashed. Again... Whats next on the agenda guys?
  9. Vbianco

    Vbianco TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Tried using driver sweeper and going back to an old, stable GPU driver, same deal.

    Google has shown me people having similar issues with their 7970's after a few months too, hope its not the case, I just purchased it in March, its never been OC'd so perhaps I am eligible for warranty replacement. I might chuck my old GPU in and test that over the weekend, any more assistance will be greatly appreciated!!

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