PC crashing when playing Diablo 3 and other games, can somebody tell me why?

Joe Asked: PC crashing when playing Diablo 3 and other games, can somebody tell me why?

Hello, lately I've been having a lot of trouble playing games, specifically I've seen my PC crash when playing:

Diablo 3
Dungeon Defenders
Path of Exile (Beta)

Additionally, if I spend too long in a character creation mode, such as a game like Eve Online, Aion, Rift, basically any MMO that is not World of Warcraft, then my PC crashes.

Here are my system specs:

CPU – AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+

CPU Speed – 2.2 GHz

RAM – 3.1 GB

OS – Microsoft WindowsXP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)

Video Card – GeForce 9600 GT

Free Disk Space – 46.9 GB

I used "Can I run it" and found out that my CPU wasn't good enough for Diablo 3, however I can still play the Starter Edition, so I don't understand how I can play it perfectly fine (Outside of cut scenes) but a CPU problem would cause it to crash every 30 minutes to 1 hour.

I also have games that I thought would be easy for my PC to run, such as Dungeon Defenders and Path of Exile, that also crash after around 20-30 minutes.

When my PC crashes, I don't get a blue screen, nor does the game crash. What happens is the monitor turns black, the little green button on the monitor turns to orange and the PC stops working until I flip the switch on it and turn it back on.

I just found out that my graphics card's drivers were out of date, they were 296.10 when the up to date number was 301.42, could this be what was causing it?

Thank you very much in advance for any help that can let me figure out what is going on or what I need to do to fix it.


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