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This is happening more frequently now, I don't know if its because of the summer heat, but it is really annoying. Sometimes when I play CSS (only game I play now) my screen would randomly flicker a few times, and then I would lose control of the mouse/keyboard and the game would freeze, then flicker some more, and finally the BSOD saying "dumping memory..." then the PC restarts itself. What do you think the problem is? CPU/RAM/GPU/PSU?
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Since the screen is flickering i would say your GPU may be overheating or something similar else having to do with it. Stop windows from automatically restarting and enter everything you see at the BSOD so i can examine the data and i may be able to give you the exact cause.
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Yeah, what are your GPU temps in game?
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Yeah, what are your GPU temps in game?
My GPU temps aren't that bad, idle is 73C and load I guess is near 90C? I'll double check later (its like an oven in my room at the moment). I had a feeling it had something to do with my PSU since its only 450W and I've been using it for a year or two now.
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Hmm.. Could definately be a PSU problem.

I would take off your side panel, and put a big fan on the side. At least to rule out heat as a possible culprit.

Then I would reset any overclock you've done. Could be an instability issue as well.

BSODS are generally caused by an unstable overclock. And your PSU might be necking it with your overclocked system.
    
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My GPU temps aren't that bad, idle is 73C and load I guess is near 90C? I'll double check later (its like an oven in my room at the moment). I had a feeling it had something to do with my PSU since its only 450W and I've been using it for a year or two now.
Thats very high, but i don't see that causing a BSOD. 450w will run my rig, but it should consume less power to begin with. See if your PSU is putting out a lot of heat and get a volt meter to ensure the rails are stable.
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Thats very high, but i don't see that causing a BSOD. 450w will run my rig, but it should consume less power to begin with. See if your PSU is putting out a lot of heat and get a volt meter to ensure the rails are stable.
Wattage isn't what concerns me. Efficiency is more of a factor here.

The multi-meter idea is a very good one. That may rule out your PSU as causing instability.
    
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My GPU temps aren't that bad, idle is 73C and load I guess is near 90C? I'll double check later (its like an oven in my room at the moment). I had a feeling it had something to do with my PSU since its only 450W and I've been using it for a year or two now.
those temps are extremely high, under load my 8800gts 640mb is around 60c

if you haven't cleaned the card in a long time i suggest spraying compressed air into the card to clear out dust
    
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Try cleaning up the card (way way too hot) and reseating the heatsink on it. And then try turning up the fan with riva tuner (adding another case fan) and see how it goes.
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those temps are extremely high, under load my 8800gts 640mb is around 60c

if you haven't cleaned the card in a long time i suggest spraying compressed air into the card to clear out dust
I know those are high, believe me I've been through many different videocards and aftermarket heatsinks before landing on this 8800gts. This card doesn't have an aftermarket heatsink and it gets pretty hot even after the AS5 application, but I know that GPU's can handle 100C+ temps and still be fine. As of now, there are no artifacts so I'm fairly sure my GPU overclocks are stable, and I have Orthos Prime Tested my CPU/RAM and they're both stable. I do not have a multimeter and will probably not invest in one (I'm going to college soon and will only use a laptop), so the PSU is definitely a factor. Software readings on the vrails are inaccurate but then again, this PSU is getting a bit old. I'll try the fan method tomorrow and we'll see if there's still errors.
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