Heat as a possibility: I don't think it is the reason. I could be terribly wrong, but i don't think, a loading screen does that much heat. If it was heat, then it would occur in other games.
The heat on my system kicks up almost as much for the loading screen as it does for in game. If the Comm Badge screen is up for quite a bit, say after a patch, it can actually bering my video card's temps pretty high.
Originally Posted by xsilvermanx
Hmm, could you watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPdikQcZfAA ? The first seconds are enough. This is kind of my crashs. Changes are that the walls are standing very near to the track, so the cars driving shortly behind the crashing ones will crash too, as they collide with the already crashed vehicles. This with optimal graphics, cars, which stay on track a long time and the complete debris, should be enough to make the pc restart.
Will test the heat nontheless, but i believe, it's something with the graphics (or the graphic card).
LOL. That looks like something a PS2 can handle easily. That does not even look to be a significant challenge for anything more powerful than a Netbook in the modern PC realm.
i recently installed Furmark, a program that sets the GPU on Full Power, the CPU 10%. The result: The PC restarted. So it shouldn't be the game itself, but either the GPU or the Power Adaptor. I would bet the first one, but don't know, so i'll give my PC to the PC-specialists on Friday.
if you recently upgraded your motherboard then the next issues could be the following:
CPU / GPU overheating
Power Supply is faulty / not providing peak power needed to the system
all of the above.
I run at the bare minimum on my system 500w, then gen rule of thumb when it comes to the PSU: calculate your parts total power requirements and double it. 440w might be fine for basic use of a system but under gaming conditions the power requirements rocket up (more so when you overclock a system).
Next you can go get yourself a 650w or more psu and that should last you a generation or two for upgrades, the higher the better as what I can see from your listed specs your running 2 GPU's and that 440w will not cut it imo.