Quote: Originally Posted by HAVOC
Played some more of Dishonored. Still fine. Going to try some Skyrim later.
I doubt it's a game issue. It really sounds more like a overheating GPU. Also be aware that Skyrim was updated recently with a newer hi-res texture pack, about 4.7 gigs. Anyway what that means to you is if you're running the game in DX11 mode, and you have a weak/faulty card, that texture pack could be pushing the card a bit harder, and if it's already weak or faulty, it could be pushing it over the edge.
Since Dishonored isn't a DX11 game (it’s DX9), or isn’t using any hi-res textures, it could be why you don't see the issues seen with Skyrim. In other words Dishonored isn’t as graphically intensive as Skyrim, your video card isn’t running as hard as it would with Skyrim… even without the texture pack.
Anyway one thing to listen for, and take note of, is fan noise, if you hear the GPU fan suddenly ramp up, or get louder and stay that way, it's a sure sign the card is starting to overheat.
The other could be a power supply that’s starting to go, again, Skyrim is a very CPU, and GPU intense game, and will task a system. If you have faulty components, Skyrim will probably push them over the edge.
That said, it’s not unusual for Skyrim to cause BSOD’s, I got one shortly after I got the game. First time I ever got a BSOD from game. Anyway it turned out to be an unstable overclock.
The other unfortunate issue with Skyrim IS the unexplained CTD’s (Crash To Desktop). I’ve gotten and still get them occasionally. Unfortunately it’s an issue you have to live with when playing Skyrim as Bethesda STILL hasn’t fixed the issue after all the patches released.
Despite the above statement, I still feel like your issue is more hardware than game issue, and I would start looking at the video card first.