Originally Posted by blind_reaper8
..... HOWEVER... when i run games... or when i run Media Player and iTunes... or run a task that requires 50% or better of the processors capabilities... the bloody thing restarts... during games you can run them for a short while just fine on any graphics setting and it runs just fine for 3 to 10 minutes... i am using the stock CPU cooler and i wonder if it is that... or if the graphics card is just being a pain.....
It sounds like an overheating problem to me too, any temperature readings at all would be helpful, both idle and load if possible (alt/tab mid game would be enough to get an idea for load, surely there must be some form of temp monitoring software on the m/board disk? otherwise the bios will give an idle temp)
Are you sure you have the cpu cooler seated firmly/correctly?? one of the (stupid) new locking pins isn't disengaged is it?? That would be the first place I looked, because you state the problem occurs at the 50% cpu usage mark I tend toward the processor as the culprit, Media Player and iTunes are hardly graphically demanding, so I'd tend to rate the video card as a "secondary" avenue of troubleshooting. Some temp readings would go a long way to help diagnose the problem.