Originally Posted by Atomic Rooster
That may the cause of your problem.
It's always best to clean any old thermal paste off and then reapply new thermal paste whenever your remove the heatsink to avoid any problems.
Oh, does it not work as well after you break the connection? Or is it just because it might be dirty from sitting in there? The inside of my computer stays pretty clean, but I won't argue.
I did just finish updating drivers. One that was out-of-date was one for communication between cpu and gpu. I am thinking that this may have been the culprit. What do you think? The others seemed innocent. I'll try running it for awhile, and see what happens. If I crash again, the first thing I will do is clean off the old thermal paste and put new on. Do you think I should do this even if I don't have any more problems?
Thanks for the help so far!