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New Build – ATI Graphics driver stops responding when Gaming

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New Build – ATI Graphics driver stops responding when Gaming

I was hoping someone could help. I have recently built a new machine. I have used my graphics card from my old machine, an ATI HD6950.


Over the last couple of weeks, every time I have been playing GTA V or any other game like The Elder Scrolls loads of small squares appear on screen and then the game crashes. I see the error “ Your graphics card driver has stopped responding and recovered successfully” This still crashes the game though.

I believe I had this with my older machine before the upgrade but to be honest cant be 100% on that. The most likely thing to me is the graphics card. I want to be sure before I purchase a new one.

My Attemps at resolving:

Updated Drivers – Graphics motherboard etc
Updated BIOS to latest
MS Updates
I even did a clean re-install of OS just in case.

So my question.  As anyone had this error before or know how to fix it? I have seen a lot of conflicting advice but none have pointed at the graphics card. Some ideas that the CPU needs to be Overclocked slightly as it may be unstable?



New Spec

Motherboard: Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z Motherboard

CPU: AMD FX8350 Black Edition 8 Core Processor (4.0/4.2GHz, 8MB Level 3 Cache, 8MB Level 2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 125W, Retail Boxed)

CPU Fan: Cooler Master RR-212E-16PK-R1 Hyper 212 Evo "Ultra High Performance, 4 Direct Contact Heat Pipes, Universal CPU Cooler" Black Fan
Memory: HyperX Savage 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) 1600 MHz DDR3 CL9 DIMM XMP
HDD: Samsung 2.5-Inch 500 GB 850 EVO Solid State Drive
PSU: Corsair CP-9020073-UK Professional Platinum Series HX850i ATX/EPS 850W Power Supply Unit
Case: Cooler Master SIL-652-KKN1 Silencio 652 "USB3.0, Silent, SD Card Reader, Ultra Mid Tower Case" Black

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:welcome: davebarry78

You hardware is good, PSU strong, CPU fast enough, don't think you need to O/C it.

Check to make sure the GPU has not been inadvertently O/Cd.

Monitor both temps/voltage for both CPU/GPU and post some screenshots. 

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