I have a Clevo W870cu, it is a little over 2 years old. It has an i7 processor, Nvidia 285M 1GB, 4 GB of RAM and runs Windows 7. Lately i have been having an issue while gaming (it is rapidly becoming more than just an issue). The screen will randomly flash to desktop and then back to the game, sometimes once, sometimes 2 or 3 times in rapid succession, sometimes with it crashing the game. It has occurred while playing several different games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic, Torchlight, Dragon Age 2 and most recently Borderlands (Torchlight and Borderlands are from steam). Most games I play at the highest settings, except for games like DA2, the card doesnt support Directx 11 so i had to play in the directx 9 mode. The issue can be slightly diffferent depending on the game as well. With SWTOR it would sometimes recover, sometimes crash with ta message saying the driver has crashed and recovered. Torchlight usually just crashes with the same message. Borderlands 99% of the time will just flash to desktop then back into the game, only one time has it fully crashed. I have ensured dust is not a problem, i have reseated my heatsinks (with fresh compound), i have updated drivers (even tryed beta ones) and my laptop sits on a cooler with 4 extra fans blowing underneath it.
Is the GPU dying? and if so what would be best replacement (for under$200).
All help is greatly appreciated.