Thanks for the reply.
Done both. When it happened I immediately updated the Nvidia drivers. No change.
I assumed it was an overheating issue. I looked at a temp program. It never went over 55 degrees © before crashing. This is both CPU and GPU. GPU fans never went on.
I then started to wonder if the temp signal was faulty and tried to verify that the fans were going on. I couldn’t get them going with any game before it crashed. In the end I managed to get them going with a video card stress test. It was stable at 65 degrees or less. But I noted that gcards respond differently to stress test programs, so I don’t know what to conclude there.
So I got no idea what’s going on. The problem still persists.
I’m about to open it up (again) and uninstall the drivers and remove the card and clean it and then reinstall the drivers to see if that helps.
Also, I just found out it has an ASIC value of 69%, which is apparently on the low side. I’ve only just found out about the ASIC value but I don’t know what it really means except that it suggests the quality of the cards set up.
If anyone has any ideas I would LOVE to hear it, because I’m dead in the water as I cannot play any game at all. If cleaning it doesn’t fix the problem, then I’m out of ideas.
Also, I have a water cooled CPU (gcard is fan cooled), so there isn’t a lot of dust in the system. So I’m rather pessimistic that it’s a cooling issue.
Also of note is that the sound craps out too when it crashes. So I’m not sure if it might be some other issue or what not.
Also, I can play a visual novel with only static pictures without issue. I can stream without issue and if I play a visual novel WITH some animation, it will last longer than other games but it also crashes eventually (further supporting the temp issue, but I cannot find any evidence of it actually being a temp issue.)
Any other ideas would be great!