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Screen going black while gaming, stuck on a solution?

vegeta_666vegeta_666 CanadaRegistered User regular
Hey folks!

My PC has been acting a bit as of late and I need some advice. Usually I can fix these things myself but after trying a bunch of stuff I feel stuck. Right now, after playing games for 5-20 minutes the screen will go black while the computer continues to run. Sound continues and it seems like losing my video is the only bad thing occurring. It happens no matter what the game is.

I'm running on a:

Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i5 2320 @ 3.00GHz 44 °C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
RAM
8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 686MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8Z77-V LK (LGA1155) 30 °C
Graphics
HP L2445m ([email protected])
3072MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series (Gigabyte) 36 °C
Storage
111GB SanDisk SDSSDX120GG25 (SSD) 31 °C
931GB Western Digital WDC WD1002FAEX-00Z3A0 (SATA) 36 °C

With a Corsair TX650 as my PSU.

Those temps are my idle temps and they don't shoot up during gameplay either, they also stay in safe areas. I've ran the Intel diagnostic tool and put my CPU under stress-test and all seemed well, and I ran FurMark to stress-test my GPU and nothing bad happened there either.

I have completely removed all AMD drivers and re-installed the newest ones to no avail, as well as rolling back to an older set and the same thing still occurs. The first time it happened I did hear some fan (or fans) in my computer speed up a bunch all of a sudden, but it doesn't happen since.

I'm thinking right now if it is hardware it might be a RAM issue, or my PSU isn't putting out enough power, or a GPU issue but my tests seem to indicate that isn't the case. It might be software related but re-installed the AMD drivers didn't help, and I'm not sure of what to do next.

Edit: As a follow-up question, I'm thinking about upgrading a bit here soon and I think RAM will be first, followed by CPU? It seems my GPU is still doing well and my CPU is my system's bottleneck.

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