Computer crash at random intervals

August 6, 2012 at 04:41:11
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium dual core E5300/ Ram-4.00GB
Why does my sons computer crash to 'no input detected' screen at random intervals only whilst playing total war shogun 2? It does not do this at any other time and the only way to rectify this is to reboot the computer.

I am a bit of a techno noob so please bear with me:
The computer was built the christmas before last at a small local computer shop (which is no longer trading), it has been great up until now.
The graphics card used is a Nvidia Geforce GT 430.
I have tried to look for the power supply, I can see the unit with the cover removed but can't see a label giving the wattage.
We wondered if this crash might be due to the graphics card being basic and we are thinking of upgrading...but with only £150 in the budget and not being sure of the power level of the computer we weren't sure what to do.
We have cleaned the inside of the computer as it was a bit mucky but everything seems to be whirring round ok.

Any help or pointers in the right direction would be much appreciated.

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August 6, 2012 at 05:18:36
More than likely the graphics chip is overheating. Make sure the inside of the computer tower is dust free & all the fans are working properly. If it needs to be cleaned, make sure to unplug the power cord 1st, but do NOT use a vacuum because of the chance of a static discharge. Instead, use compressed air & a soft brush. If the inside is really dirty, you may want to completely disconnect everything & take it outside for cleaning.

The Geforce GT 430 isn't much of a gaming card, it's more of a home theater card. It will play some games though. I doubt the power supply is the problem but it's hard to say without knowing what you have.

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