I've been having troubles with most of my games crashing lately. The error message consists of [game].exe has stopped working. I have tried multiple different fixes, including new RAM, a new graphics card, reinstalling the games and reinstalling graphics card drivers. Most commonly the games that crash are Valve games downloaded through Steam, but other games such as Minecraft and DayZ (Arma 2 Operation Arrowhead). I am using Microsoft Security Essentials and the built in Windows 7 firewall. Any help is appreciated.
My PC: Intel i5 3570k Asus P8ZZ7-V Pro Motherboard EVGA GeForce GTX 660 Ti SC Graphics Card Antec EA650 Green 650 Watt ATX PSU Seagate 1 TB Harddrive Cooler Master HAF912 ATX Case 16 GB Corsair XMS3 Some random CD drive Windows 7 Home Premium -- "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." FZ
I'd start first by verifying all the current hardware is good and not faulty.
Run a CPU stresstest, a GPU stresstest, a PSU stresstest, (OCCT can do all of these) and a memtest. Check the SMART data for your hard drive.
Have you verified the integrity of the game files in Steam? Have you tried reinstalling the games or Steam?
Lots of things you can do here before buying new hardware that can at least rule things out. -- If we lose this freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment, those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent its happening.
It means that your CPU isn't being properly cooled. A section of the chip is overheating. You need to remove your CPU heatsink/fan, clean up the TIM that's been applied to it and reapply new TIM. Then reinstall the heatsink/fan to the CPU.
Btw- TIM is the grease you apply over the top of your processor and it sits between the processor and heatsink. This allows for better cohesion between the extremely hot processor and the heatsink to allow for better heat conduction & cooling.
Seems to have gone successful, besides the fan taking forever to get out. The box says it can take up to 200 hours to come into effect, so now I'll wait. Thanks again. Also, I don't overclock -- "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." FZ
You may also want to make sure your case has good air flow. Make sure you have at least one intake fan up front, and that the exhaust fan in the back works. Make sure neither are obstructed and that the wiring in your case is tied well out of the way of air flow.
Ideally all 6 of your case's fan locations should have a working fan on it. With all those fans you can run them at really low speed (i.e. stay quiet) and still get very good air flow.
Core's still overheated. Just waiting for it to work haha. Also, I cleaned my fans last time I had my case open. I have 3, a bottom, side and front. I'll make sure they all are open and getting good flow. Thanks again haha -- "You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." FZ