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Phenom II x4 955 OCed to 3.6GHz @ stock voltage.
Palit Sonic GTX 460 OCed to 800/1600/2000 or 820/1640/1900 or 850/1700/2000 (I tried different settings, because I didn't know if I was getting the most out of my card or not) @ stock voltage (1.012 for Palit Sonic, I think).
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Ambient temps are around 21C and CPU usually stays under 40C, and GPU hits 68C under load with 77% fan speed (fan speed scales, MSI Afterburner).

So, every now and then, when I'm playing a few games like Mafia II, DiRT 2, and Just Cause 2, the game crashes and my speakers squeak for a second. I have to Ctrl+Alt+Del and then bring up the Task Manager to get back to my desktop, where a [Insert Game Title Here] Has Stopped Working message awaits me.

After this, I can no longer play another game, as they all proceed to flicker and make my speakers squeak while loading the title screen. Chrome also usually spams "Whoa! Chrome has crashed" error messages, and there is sometimes colored static, too.

According to this thread, my GPU is already dying, despite the fact that I just built this rig back in December 2010.

Is this normal, what should I do, and is my GPU already dying?
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I was just about to say your GPU is dying but I see you've already come to that conclusion. It's either dying or unstable. Before you assume it's dying, throw it on factory stock settings and see if the issues at hand go away.

Only thing you can do is RMA it, or if warranty's off get another card.
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I've seen this many times w/many cards, with cards that were not dying in any way. The answer is to get your system fully stable (lower clocks/higher volts, etc) so games don't crash. If one does, then you should assume there's a good chance you'll have to restart before gaming again. It's totally normal to have to do that.
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Umm... was just playing Just Cause 2 with my 460 at stock settings. Framerates were a bit lower, but it was fine for the most part for half an hour. Then the game crashed again. =P

Do you guys think it might be the CPU overclock? I had it at 3.6GHz and 1600Mhz a while back (because my RAM was supposed to run at 1600MHz), but it had a BSOD within 20 minutes of Prime95. Bumped the 1600Mhz back down to 1333Mhz and tightened the timings, then ran Prime95 again. Forgot to turn off standby at 20min, but my computer didn't BSOD this time.

Should I run Prime95 for a ridiculously long time? I have this paranoid fear that pushing my CPU for long times is bad for it >.<
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Any unstable overclock can cause programs to crash/etc. So yes, that can definitely be the culprit. Run some stability tests such as Prime95 on Blend (12-24 hours) IBTV2, LinX, etc.

Or, you can see if it's the direct source of the problem and lower it to stock settings and game for a little bit.
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I'm running a Phenom 2 955 with a msi gtx 460 hawk on a Asus m4a88t... I have the same problem but only when running games that use physx... I can't oc over 3.5 ghz no matter how many volts I throw at it.... my 955 will run @ 3.848ghz and 1.37 volts p95 stable for 8 hours and I also run this as a 24/7 oc and never have any issues with any apps or games unless they use physx... just cause 2 wont run for half an hour @ 3.6 ghz and 1.42 volts (I quit trying after 1.42) I set the cpu at 3.5 ghz@ 1.35 volts with everything else in the system overclocked to Max stable( NB @ 2.7 ghz and 1.24v, VGA @ 860/1720/1950) and just cause runs stable... its quite odd and I've been beating my face on the desk trying to fix this for weeks...
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