Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143
If playing with video driver versions hasn't helped, make sure the box is not overheating.
Try removing a side panel and aiming a big mains fan straight at the motherboard and GPU.
Run it like that for a few hours or days - long enough to ascertain whether cooler temperatures make a difference.
If so, it might be as simple as dust buildup and subsequently inadequate cooling.
I would download cpu-z and gpu-z (both free) and keep an eye on the video temps Let us know if you need help
Well, now that you mention potential overheating, I failed to previously admit that while building my PC, I recognized that the 3 pin cable coming from the front chassis fan wasn't long enough to plug into where it was supposed to connect to the motherboard which, for some reason, was located on the backside, side by side with where the rear fan plugs into. I've gone ahead and ordered a 3 pin extension cable so I can get those front fans up and running. I guess I was deluding myself into believing that the intake of cool air from the front wasn't as important as the expelling of warm air from the back. I feel like I already know the answer, but could that be the problem?
Also, what temperature range is safe for the video card during 3D gaming?
edit: To address the other potential issue, my video card drivers are up to date.