Crash to desktop, Windows glitchy

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J4m35151337

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I built this computer myself, I have bought 3 Video cards since I bought my motherboard. When I bought the motherboard, I also bought the CPU, SSD, RAMs, and Power supply. I haven't changed any hardware, except for the graphics cards. The follow problem has happened ever since I first bought the motherboard and all of the hardware, it's been quite an annoyance:

My problem is that an almost random set of games crash for no reason, even if the game specs aren't as high as others I play flawlessly. For instance, Dragon age origins (not a big performance issue), Batman arkham assylum, Bioshock 2, Mirrors edge, Battleforge, and Assassins creed Revelations- they all crash to desktop after about 5-15 minutes. Other games I play relatively fine are, Assassins creed 3, Planetside 2, Starcraft 2, Path of Exile, Borderlands 2, all with max settings they work. All of these vary in system requirements, but as you can see, there seems to be no pattern.

Reading any temperature meters is impossible when it crashes. What it looks like when I'm playing is nice clean FPS as usually, then by suprise it overloads with sound (only some games), the polygons stretch, and I hit the desktop. When I hit the desktop, things are glitchy, certain areas are black squares (ie. random menu buttons, temperature readings, some, but not all buttons are black, but all readings are black). Any games I try to start up after this just don't start up. I am forced to reset, and my computer acts like nothing happened.

Updates I've done:
GPU: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win8-win7-winvista-64bit-310.90-whql-driver.html
MB: http://www.asus.com/Motherboard/M5A97_R20/#support_Download_30
DX11: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35

On the Motherboard page, I have updated BIOS, chipset, audio, lan, usb, and sata.

Additional Non-Essential Questions:
Is 650W high enough for a PSU?
Do I have to reapply the thermal paste onto the CPU?
Are these crashes damaging anything but the part that is causing it?
Are there any updates I've missed?
How do I know if my computer has good enough airflow?
What kind of adapter do I have to get to connect my USB 3.0 cable to my motherboard? My motherboard has 3 blue (3.0) 9pin slots, but my case has a 19pin 3.0 usb cable. It would be nice to find one, I gave up after searching for weeks- got too complicated (too many weird terms).
 

J4m35151337

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Oh, I thought it would post my specs, anyhow, here they are:
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate (6.1.7601, SP1 Build 7601)
Data Type: x64
DirectX Version: DX11

Tower: Corsair Carbide Series 300R
(http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=11180AC3384&vpn=CC-9011014-WW&manufacture=CORSAIR)

PSU: Corsair TX650 V2
(http://www.directcanada.com/product...SU-650TXV / CP-9020038-NA&manufacture=CORSAIR), (http://thetechsource.tv/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/66a.jpg)

CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 945 Processor, 3000MHz, 4 Cores
(no link)

GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti 1Gb
(http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD5034&vpn=GTX650-DC-1GD5&manufacture=ASUS)

SSD (Solid State Drive): KINGSTON SVP200S3120G ATA Device
512 B/sector, 111.79 GB

RAM: 8192MB Kingston HyperX (2x 4GB)

MB: Asus M5A97
(http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD2677&vpn=M5A97&manufacture=ASUS#customerreviews)

The SysInfo says:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 945 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8154 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 114370 MB, Free - 8916 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC., M5A97
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled
 
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