When is it crashing?
What does the crash report say?
Did you follow the instructions when installing the new drivers (to make sure you got rid of old driver bits)?
1. It is crashing when i am pixel painting a retouch (zooming around in and out from 100-500%)
2. The Nvidia Crash report says error number 3, but only when i switched the GPU handling to normal in preferences of CS6. While my CS6 GPU preferences were enabled in advanced mode the system would completely crash and there were a series of randomly scattered color blocks on the screen that looked vaguely like a bunch of little 2 d helixes
3. There were no old drivers to get rid of, this is a brand new rig, and I made sure to follow the instructions on the new drivers as well as got the most recent version, which I just double checked
OK, so it's something with the GPU card or the drivers. But I haven't heard that many problems with the current NVidia drivers. (you did update from NVidia and not Microsoft, right?)
If it's a brand new machine, it could still be the card.
Have you been using other applications that push the GPU relatively hard?
My drivers are from Nvidia and are current.
I just had a crash with the helixes again in Photoshop cs6 when the GPU was set to basic. I will now try to pixel paint with the GPU set to off, and see if it is stable.
I have been running premiere pro cs6 with multiple stacked effects on live view without a problem so far
this rig is only 2 days old so I havent really pushed it yet. WIll install Max Payne3 after i test the no GPU enabled preference in Photoshop cs6
By the way, Max Payne 3 should test the GPU with all settings maxed, I think
So, once I turned off the GPU in preferences of Photoshop CS6 it seems to run fine during the 15 minutes of the retouching I did to test it.
And Max Payne 3 seems to run fine with the GPU i have with all settings maxxed
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So after a thourough investigation I found that I had installed Invidia's 6 series driver, which is incorrect for my GPU. What I needed was the 600 series driver. Thanks for helping sort out the rookie mistake.