Hello and thanks in advance. You guys have helped me before. I hope I'm posting in the right place. Recently, my computer started to crash while playing video games. I built this computer several years ago, and it's been working great for most of that time (minus the memory issue that you guys helped me with before). Occasionally, it would crash when we used it to run Plex, watching the movies on the Roku 3 player. However, it didn't happen often.
Last month, I started playing Farcry 4, and that's when I really stared to have problems. About halfway through the game, it started to freeze randomly and send me back to the desktop (usually the desktop would be frozen up as well), but I could hit Cntrl + Alt + Del to shut down the unresponsive game. Toward the end of the game this started to happen more and more frequently, but sometimes I could continue to play for long periods of time with no problem. I thought it was that particular game. I have others, and didn't experience problems with them, but I haven't played the others much recently. I actually finished the game somehow, and was happy to delete it.
Next, I installed Max Payne 3, but I was having the same issue with that one. In fact, I could barely play for a minute or two without a crash. Only this time, my monitor is saying that it's lost HDMI signal, and the computer freezes up to the point that I have to hold down the power button to turn it off. I deleted that game, and tried one that had worked fine previously (Dying Light). I'm getting the exact problem with that one. Sometimes I get booted back to the desktop, sometimes the screen goes black and the computer freezes. I started thinking my video card could be taking a crap. I have had it overclocked, so I decided to return the setting to the default clock speeds. It didn't make any difference. I also updated my drivers, but again, nothing changed.
I'm worried that my video card is to blame. It was expensive, and I've only had it for a couple of years. Regardless, I'm out of my league on this one, and I could really use some help. Help me Obi Wan, you're my only hope.