Question Most games have started crashing seemingly at random


Jan 8, 2017
Ok so my PC has been falling apart slowly during the past year, but it has been mostly usable up until recently. I am building a completely new machine in about 1-2 months, so what I need is really just a temporary fix right now.

Most games I start are crashing randomly while playing. Sometimes I'll get a good hour out of them sometimes just 3 minutes, and there doesn't seem to be a specific point in a game where it would crash. Sometimes when specifically CS:GO crashes it will give me an error message that the graphics drivers have crashed. Killing Floor 2 will just crash and the window will be closed with no error message or anything. Dark Souls 3 will just whitescreen and be "not responding", causing me to have to close it via the task manager. The way these games crash is different from game to game but all of them will usually crash at some point. Even Half Life 2 crashes, and I am pretty sure my specs should easily be able to handle a 15 year old source game. This just started happening randomly a few weeks ago and I'm not sure what I might have done to have this happen.

I should also note that when I have a twitch stream or video or something like that open, it will also turn black after the game has crashed, which leads me to believe that my gpu is just <Mod Edit>. Sometimes even the whole browser will turn black until i start clicking on stuff or restart the browser.

My hardware at this point is pretty old, so there is a good chance everything is just breaking/deterioating. All my drivers are up to date.

  • CPU: i7 6700k
  • GPU: Zotac GTX 980 ti amp extreme
  • Motherboard: MSI z170a
  • RAM: 32gb ddr4 from a company called "micron" that i've never heard of before
  • Samsung 850 EVO 250gb with Windows 10 Home and a 2TB seagate hdd
  • PSU: Corsair C750M
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Again, if there is no permanent fix, but something that will keep my PC alive for another 1-2 months, that would also be fine.
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