So, I have had this problem for the past month or so, it started around the time I installed my new graphics card. It only happens when I play visually intensive games like Rise of the Tomb Raider, Subnautica, Just Cause 3. I can however play less intensive games like Undertale, Minecraft or Superhot. After starting a game, a few minutes in, it suddenly black screens and crashes. Most of the time, the windows exclamation sound plays, but sometimes the audio will skip, loop, or just play incoherent noise. No messages pop up, and even if they did, I wouldn't be able to see it. My monitor will cycle through the main inputs, HDMI, DVI, and VGA, then just go to 'no signal'. However, the fans and LEDs all stay on, and for a couple seconds I can still control what's going on behind the black screen, but shortly after it fully crashes and I have to manually restart the computer.
Here's my system specs:
CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1150
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GD5T OC
Mobo: MSI Z97S SLI Krait Edition LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: 16 GB G. Skill Ripjaws X series (4 x 4 GB)
PSU: Roswill Hive series 650W 80+ bronze
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
At first I thought it was a power supply issue, but after installing my current psu, nothing changed. Then I thought it might be an overheating issue, but after monitoring with MSI afterburner, HWmonitor and speedfan, my cpu stays around 40-55C and my gpu idles at 40 and is around 60 during games. I have tried memtest 86, but there weren't any issues after 10 tests. I have updated my drivers, deleted them using DDU and reinstalled them, but I still haven't been able to fix a single thing.
I used WhoCrashed and this is what it told me:
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\031416-9188-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: nvlddmkm.sys (nvlddmkm+0x7A3F38)
Bugcheck code: 0x116 (0xFFFFFA8013E24010, 0xFFFFF88008BFAF38, 0xFFFFFFFFC000009A, 0x4)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\drivers\nvlddmkm.sys
product: NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 364.51
company: NVIDIA Corporation
description: NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 364.51
Bug check description: This indicates that an attempt to reset the display driver and recover from a timeout failed.
A third party driver was identified as the probable root cause of this system error. It is suggested you look for an update for the following driver: nvlddmkm.sys (NVIDIA Windows Kernel Mode Driver, Version 364.51 , NVIDIA Corporation).
Google query: NVIDIA Corporation VIDEO_TDR_ERROR
I have tried everything in my ability (which isn't really saying much) and have come up with nothing. I hope this is the right place to post this. I am open to any and all ideas, I haven't been able to use my fancy new graphics card and I feel like I wasted 300+ dollars. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Edit: Moved topic from Computer Gaming to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal