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Hi!

While gaming, my monitor will occasionally go black. The computer will continue working for about 20 seconds, and then it will quit out as well. I've tried updating my video card drivers, reinstalling my video card drivers, cleaning out the inside of my PC, and updating my reinstalled video card drivers. Unsure of what to do next. I'm quite hardware illiterate, so let me know how to get any info you need, please.

E: This wasn't happening a month ago, and I have had this computer for just over a year.
 

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so is it actually going to standby mode where windows comes back up with everything still running like it was before when you hit the keyboard or power button or does it have to boot completely back up as if it was off after this happens?
 

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so is it actually going to standby mode where windows comes back up with everything still running like it was before when you hit the keyboard or power button or does it have to boot completely back up as if it was off after this happens?
I have to boot completely back up, but I think I found the problem.
I downloaded Speedfan, and when idling my GPU is 80c... When gaming, it approaches 100. Is there any specific problem I should look for when I open up the case tomorrow?
 

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If it's anything like my old 6600GT, check if the fan is still spinning at all on the graphics card lol. If it is, make sure it's unobstructed by blowing out all the dust. Also, listen for a grinding or whirring noise from the fan indicating that the bearing are damaged. Any of those could be slowing it down. Oh and obviously make sure there's a bit of open air around the card as well. Stacking it next to a ton of other PCIE and PCI cards is a bad idea.
That's pretty hot btw! I think most GPUs shut the system down at like 170C but 100 is still really high and that was a super high performance card that had a limit that high. I think the program GPU-Z will also tell you what your graphics card's fan RPM is at any given time too and it's free so you should check that out too.
 

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If it's anything like my old 6600GT, check if the fan is still spinning at all on the graphics card lol. If it is, make sure it's unobstructed by blowing out all the dust. Also, listen for a grinding or whirring noise from the fan indicating that the bearing are damaged. Any of those could be slowing it down. Oh and obviously make sure there's a bit of open air around the card as well. Stacking it next to a ton of other PCIE and PCI cards is a bad idea.
That's pretty hot btw! I think most GPUs shut the system down at like 170C but 100 is still really high and that was a super high performance card that had a limit that high. I think the program GPU-Z will also tell you what your graphics card's fan RPM is at any given time too and it's free so you should check that out too.

Oh wow, just as I read that I heard a grinding noise from one of the fans :sigh:

According to GPU-Z, my GPU fan is running, but never above 70%.
 
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