My issues with games crashing began 3 weeks ago. I was playing Far Cry 4 when crashes would occur within 20 minutes stating Display Driver failure. The problem got worse by no longer loading, just crashing with the same error. I updated all the drivers which did not fix the problem. I figured it was the graphics card, so I purchased a new one (same model) and did a clean install of windows. I installed the new graphics card and re-downloaded Far Cry 4. This time the game would crash with no error, it would just freeze.
I then figured maybe it was just the game, so I did another clean install with all the latest windows updates and installed fallout 4. The game would take me to the main menu and when I started a new game, the game would crash with no error, just took me back to my main windows screen. I tired many troubleshooting tools, fixing regedit with TdrDelay and TdrLevel, I tried messing with the power options, uninstalled display drivers, running the game as Admin, bios updates, Ram test, etc. Nothing has worked. Again this is a new graphics card. Games are legit.
I can watch Blu-ray moves, stream movies, and surf the net with no problems.
Windows 10 (64 bit)
32 GB DDR4 Ram
1000 watt power supply
Samsung 950 pro SSD
XFX R9 280x AMD graphics card
Using 51 inch home TV
If I can get this fix, I am so done with PC gaming.
Sounds like either a problem with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, faulty RAM (Memtest86+ will tell you much more reliably than Windows Memory Diagnostic), or a power supply issue (voltage less than 11.9v), but I'd highly suspect the buggy update. If you have a Windows 7 or 8 disk you can install it (but do not activate it) on a separate partition to test that theory.