Frequent GPU crashes in games

May 28, 2013 at 11:51:36
Specs: Windows 7, Intel core i5 3570k
Hello all,
My computer used to freeze up like this during games once every couple of weeks but recently it has started to happen in every 20 minute to hour session of playing a game.
The games I have been getting the crashes on are Metro: Last Light, World of Warcraft and Borderlands 2, however I have not played any other games for this length of time.

My hardware is:
Intel Core i5 3570k CPU @ 3.4GHz (No OC)
Gainward NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660
Corsair 8 GB ram DDR3 1666MHz
Corsair CX750 750W PSU
Zalman Z11 case
Xigmatek Gaia SD1283 CPU cooler
ASUS Z77-V LX motherboard

Running 2 monitors, one at 1920x1080, other at 1680x1050

This may not be of importance but yesterday I experienced an error when whenever I right clicked my desktop I would get the error "Microsoft Visual C++ library runtime error" I re installed Microsoft Visual C++ (all the versions) and then performed a clean boot and deduced that the program causing the conflict was NVIDIA display driver service, I then proceeded to uninstall and reinstall the latest NVIDIA driver ( + I have tried to use the earlier NVIDIA driver and I still get the crashes) after I reinstalled the driver the problem was fixed, but the crashing remained.

When the crashing occurs the game freezes and there is a buzzing sound ( I presume that moment of audio on an infinite loop) I cannot use my mouse and the computer doesn't respond to anything so I am forced to restart the computer by the power button.

The most recent crash, whilst I was playing WoW, I was able to write down all the temps and voltages to try and see if the problem is hardware related.
The crashes don't show up in the Windows Reliability Report.
These temps and voltages were read using CPUID HW monitor.

VIN1 1.000V
AVCC 3.296V
3VCC 3.296V
VIN4 1.000V
VIN6 0.920V

TZ00 28 degrees celsius
TZ01 30 " "
SYSTIN 30 " "
CPUTIN 37 " "
TMPIN3 35 " "


Core 0 39 degrees celsius
Core 1 45 " "
Core 2 43 " "
Core 3 40 " "
Package 47 " "

Package 27.67W
IA Cores 21.08W
Uncore 7.59W

Assembly 26 degrees celsius
Air Flow 26 degrees celsius

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
Vin0 0.912V
TMPIN0 64 degrees celsius

If anyone could help me fix these crashes it would be much appreciated

God's speed Computing experts!

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May 29, 2013 at 09:49:45
If you haven't already done so, try disabling the auto-restart feature. That will allow the BSOD to be displayed. Hopefully the error message on the blue screen will help determine the problem.

Also, have you ever tested the RAM with memtest86 or run a load test with either OCCT, IntelBurnTest, or Prime95 to see if that also crashes the system?

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June 1, 2013 at 07:44:31
I'm pretty sure that it is a GPU problem as I tried to turn the fan speed up and the crashing seemed to stop, however I shouldn't need to turn the speed up.
I will try the memtest and these stress tests also.
The computer freezes and I have to restart it myself, there is no blue screen. the erros do not appear in the windows reliability checker.

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