I've had crashes in two applications lately. Mechwarrior Online, and Wargame: AirLandBattle. Windows event viewer does not provide any helpful information and I haven't been able to set up heat, etc. logging software that saves information post-crash. Are there any recommended freeware options that let me do that?
The crash for both are such that the screen goes black, though the application appears to be running and sound pipes through for about 5-10 more seconds, then my computer restarts itself. So that suggests something at issue with the video card. Oddly, I can play entire rounds of both games without an issue, and sometimes upon starting the computer and trying to play either one, I will be plagued with crashes. To me anyway that suggests heat is not at issue, or the heat issue is manifesting strangely. It could also be a power draw issue, but again I am surprised at its inconsistency.
I am playing comparably graphically demanding games (Red Orchestra 2's latest release and Company of Heroes 2) and have yet to get crashes in those games. So thoughts? Does my video card only like world war 2-themed apps? I am fine replacing parts if I have to, but besides double-checking the fan in the video card is clean, how to narrow the issues? I'd have to buy a video card and PSU to test, so can't just test willy-nilly.
gigabyte ga-h77-d3h mobo
EVGA GeForce GTX 680 2GB 256-bit, latest drivers
8 GB corsair RAM
Silverstone 500W PS
OCZ Agility SSD
1 WD Black 1 TB HDD
Windows 8 64-bit