... that's responsible for killing my system while trying to play a game
My system is
Pentium CoreDuo E6750 @2.66
nVidia Geforce 8800 GT
motherboard is is Gigabyte GA-EP35C-DS3R
Chieftech 550W PSU
2gb ram ddr2 kingstone @1066
win xp sp3 & win7 x64
The system is 3,5 years old.
It all started a couple of days ago when i tried to game after some time. After playing a couple of hours my screen froze (music kept playing, but just the music no sound effect from pressing any keys etc) but in a strange way. After a dozen or so seconds my screen would blink black for half a second or so and a small part of it would change. Anyway i just rebooted and obviously the problem did not go away. Sometimes after restarting a game loading reaches 99% and I get a black screen with music. After trying a ton of stuff i realised it's not a game issue and tried to install the game on my new win7 partition (which is pretty basic, just win7 x64 and a set of drivers just a different hard drive) and game crushed while giving me a ''display driver stopped responding...'' message. I update all drivers in both partitions (even using drivers about a year old) and same thing happens.
Tried all sorts of games and same thing happens. Either black screen at the end of loading or, it loads and a couple of seconds later it freezes. Last times I tried after the freeze and blink-black my screen got filled with textures from the game. In other games when there is something rendering in the menus, it freezes while at the menu too after a short amount of time. Stress tests freeze/crash after a few seconds and the last one i tried gave me a BSOD while in XP pointing at nv4_displ (not the exact name but it's the display driver).
Memetested my RAM 0 errors found. CPU seems fine. Tried installing on different hard drives too so I guess HD is not an issue. When my GPU starts working a bit more and (reaches about 62-63 C) I get the same problem.
I think it's something (propably) GPU related . My first guess would be driver but changed lots of those and It doesn't make any sense for the problem to persist in a different OS. I'd love to hear some more ideas, maybe the motherboard is at fault? Can i test that? Might it be the PSU (besides being a possible culprit for the GPU's downfall)? Any way to thest that too? I was thinking of replacing it anyway since it's a bit old. Help this busy IRL guy enjoy some gaming at his free time this summer
Thanks in advance (and sorry for any spelling mistakes, I haven't used my english in a long long time).