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S2417DG, Alienware laptop GPU, severe issues

I am having severe issues with my S2417DG Dell monitor. It goes nuts with blinking off then on again frequently unless I keep it at the lowest refresh 60Hz. Recently I tried to install a new game and it started doing worse. At first, it would just go to sleep within a minute or two of playing the game during the opening cinematics. Then when I tried to adjust game settings to try to fix this extremely irritating and game breaking issue, it crashed my computer, on at least two separate occasions. I am using an Alienware M17x laptop with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 680m GPU. The computer has been upgraded to 32GB RAM and an Intel i7-3940XM CPU, with a 250 GB SSD system drive and a 1TB 7200rpm HDD data drive. The monitor is connected to my computer using a DP to mini DP cord. The system runs Windows 7 Professional 64bit using the High Performance power plan with PCI Link State off. The monitor's resolution is set to 2560x1440 and it was purchased directly from Dell.

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