the issues started happening around the time that i unfortunately experienced a motherboard battery failure. i have since replaced the battery, however i may have missed a critical step regarding replacing CMOS values after the problem (i wasn't overclocking before and i'm still not now). i have also tried updating all my video drivers, etc.
....i have no idea!?!?!?!
i am able to operate normally just surfing internet/word processing, etc. (all the necessary stuff), the issue just occurs with high-CPU involvement games such as those i listed.
any help would be much appreciated!!! thanks!!!