PC crashing during games constantly :(

#51
If everything was working fine before the new GPU it sounds like a bad card, and the best option will be to return it to the store and get a replacement.
Factory-overclocked GPUs often lack sufficient stability testing in my experience - it seems like they just pick a target that most GPUs should be able to hit, rather than testing every individual card.
Something like Furmark is not a good indicator of stability with a modern GPU that is constantly varying its clockspeeds dynamically - especially when it's crashing with older non-demanding games like DMC4.

If you want to confirm that it's the factory overclock, what I would suggest is to download the latest MSI Afterburner beta, set the core and memory clocks to something like -200 MHz and see if that stops the crashing. I would expect it to.
You could then adjust those values until you find something that remains stable. It shouldn't have to be anything like -200MHz.
The alternative is to keep the clocks at the default and increase the power limit (which I would do anyway). If that doesn't work, you could try increasing the core voltage.

I don't think I've actually received a factory-overclocked GPU which has been 100% stable out of the box.
I haven't run into problems like you where most games are crashing - which is why I would suggest replacing the GPU - but rather, one or two games would sometimes crash at random.
id Tech 5 games have a reputation for being crash-prone as a result of this. People insist their hardware is fine since other games don't crash, but after I dropped the clocks on my 900-series cards by 25-50MHz, the games never crashed again for me.
With my 1070 Strix OC, I have to set the power limit to 120% for it to be completely stable in games rather than bumping up the core voltage or dropping the clockspeeds.
 

blastprocessor

The Amiga Brotherhood
#53
I had this with a 8800GT back in the day and some not all games just crashed. Went to the store and they provided a replacement which we tested together; problem solved.
 
#54
About a decade ago my computer would crash while I was playing games. Only 3D games, and not 2D games for some reason, or at least not nearly as often.

In any case, for a long time I thought the graphic card was the issue, but in the end it turned out that it was the motherboard that was faulty.
 
#56
It seems like you had a GTX 970 before and it never had a problem? If that was the case, then it's probably either a bad seating position for the GPU, or it's faulty. Trying reseating it, and if all fails request a replacement card.
 
#57
Do you by any chance have a Wacom tablet pluged in?

There's this weird bug with capcom games that will crash within 10 / 20min.

Happened to me all the time with Street Fighter V.
 
#58
Another thing for the plug and play jab. Although suggesting bad parts and super cheap builds will lead to earlier failure more often, I just changed my 2500K out for a 2600K in about 25 minutes with new thermal paste and had it booting.

If that is not plug in play I don't what is.

The only real bitch in PCs is redoing your motherboard. Definitely not quite plug and play and requires more work.
 
#59
If everything was working fine before the new GPU it sounds like a bad card, and the best option will be to return it to the store and get a replacement.
Factory-overclocked GPUs often lack sufficient stability testing in my experience - it seems like they just pick a target that most GPUs should be able to hit, rather than testing every individual card.
Something like Furmark is not a good indicator of stability with a modern GPU that is constantly varying its clockspeeds dynamically - especially when it's crashing with older non-demanding games like DMC4.

If you want to confirm that it's the factory overclock, what I would suggest is to download the latest MSI Afterburner beta, set the core and memory clocks to something like -200 MHz and see if that stops the crashing. I would expect it to.
You could then adjust those values until you find something that remains stable. It shouldn't have to be anything like -200MHz.
The alternative is to keep the clocks at the default and increase the power limit (which I would do anyway). If that doesn't work, you could try increasing the core voltage.

I don't think I've actually received a factory-overclocked GPU which has been 100% stable out of the box.
I haven't run into problems like you where most games are crashing - which is why I would suggest replacing the GPU - but rather, one or two games would sometimes crash at random.
id Tech 5 games have a reputation for being crash-prone as a result of this. People insist their hardware is fine since other games don't crash, but after I dropped the clocks on my 900-series cards by 25-50MHz, the games never crashed again for me.
With my 1070 Strix OC, I have to set the power limit to 120% for it to be completely stable in games rather than bumping up the core voltage or dropping the clockspeeds.

I tried reducing the clockspeeds but the same thing happens. Hopefully the replacement will be fine whenever I get it.

EDIT : Got my GTX970 back, so I'll put that back in for the time being.
 
#60
It's weird if you have nothing in your EventViewer pointing to some hardware-related crash. Usually the display driver will crash and it will be recorded under Warnings/Display in EventViewer. Some games will stay playable after the driver recovered, some games will crash with the dialog you posted.

Temperature related issues or a faulty PSU would more than likely restart or shut down your computer instead of just crashing the game itself.

Are there any games that do not crash? Do you notice a black screen/your monitor going out of range before the game crashes?
 
#61
It's weird if you have nothing in your EventViewer pointing to some hardware-related crash. Usually the display driver will crash and it will be recorded under Warnings/Display in EventViewer. Some games will stay playable after the driver recovered, some games will crash with the dialog you posted.

Temperature related issues or a faulty PSU would more than likely restart or shut down your computer instead of just crashing the game itself.

Are there any games that do not crash? Do you notice a black screen/your monitor going out of range before the game crashes?
The only games I played that didn't crash on me were:

- Sonic Mania
- Rocket League
- Cuphead
- PUBG (Played an hour of it, but it didn't crash during that time.)

I think my screen does turn pitch black before the error message pops up.
 
#68
I bought a Founder's Edition 980 when it came out (first run), and noticed this same problem. The only thing that 100% fixed it for me, was turning on K-Boost.