I'm normally pretty good at solving computer issues, but this one has me stumped... I'm hoping it's not hardware related as money is tight these days.. I thought I'd get some opinions.
I built a computer in January, everything went perfect. Computer started up and has been running beautifully up until now.
Last night I was doing a little gaming - playing Planetside 2.
Out of the blue, the screen went black. Thinking the game crashed and/or froze, I restarted the PC.
The normal blue windows logo came up with the spinning circle, suddenly black screen again.
Restarted again, black screen. At this point I know I have an issue...
I tried to use the tools that come with Windows 8 (Automatic Repair, Refreshing, etc...) everything came up with an error message. I finally swallowed hard and reformatted my PC. The computer started up with a clean Windows 8 install and seemingly the problem was gone. The very first thing I installed was the video driver, restarted my PC and black screen. Reformatted again, ran windows update (got to the video driver update on the list) and then black screen. Reformatted again, installed an old video driver (thinking the new driver had errors) and... black screen.
I don't have another PC to swap out cards to see if it could be my video card.
There has been no signs of slowdown or anything of that nature, this problem was so suddenly.