- Has your application recently received an update or patch? If yes then it is possible the changes may have introduced instability. Check with the publisher of the game/application to see if this is a known issue and if there are any workarounds.
- Check if your game files were damaged through Steam / Origin repair feature.
- Do you overclock your graphics card? Over time, NVIDIA display driver updates usually bring added performance through better usage of a GPU architecture. When a graphics card is performing faster, it may also stress the card more and thus you may not be able to achive as high of an overclock as you may have been able to with previous drivers. Try lowering the amount that you overclock your graphics card.
- Are too many applications running in the background? If your Taskbar Notification Area shows several programs running in the background that you don't use on a daily basis, check if it is possible to disable the application from launching automatically on Windows startup. Some system monitoring utilties such as anti-virus or anti-malware programs may offer a game mode that lets you temporarily disable the program while you launch a game and then permit you to enable it once again after you have closed the game.