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.
CPU VCORE 1.096V
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 " "
IA Cores 21.08W
Assembly 26 degrees celsius
Air Flow 26 degrees celsius
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
TMPIN0 64 degrees celsius
If anyone could help me fix these crashes it would be much appreciated
God's speed Computing experts!