My computer keeps crashing whenever I try to play a game. It'll run fine for a few minutes and then just hang with the last sound played stuttering in the speakers. This has been going on for a good few months, but I could play the odd game here and there with no problems.
Initially, when I would play Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory the computer would actually just power off about 10 minutes into playing it. Thought overheating might be the problem (a large housefan pointed at the inside of the computer kept the crashing at bay) so I got a thermaltake case with proper ventilation, one fan in front, one in back. This kept it from turning itself off but now this other kind of crash started happening after a few weeks. Now it's started deteriorating so that I can't play anything without it crashing a few minutes into play.
Then I downloaded Speedfan and checked the temps (didn't know how to check the temperature before this):
This is when the computer isn't even doing anything, just a bit of browsing and running Winamp. When playing a game, the temperature rockets up and crashes the computer somewhere in excess of 80 degrees.
So is the CPU faulty or am I still doing a shit job of ventilating the machine? Thanks for any advice and sorry for the long-winded post.