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I have a gigabyte x58-ud3r mobo with i7 920 D0 processor. I have 3 sata drives in a RAID 5 array, 6gb tri channel ddr3 1333.

I have been running this setup with a Radeon HD 5770 for over 6 months. I just received my MSI 2gb hd6950 reference model and was able to successfully flash it to 6970 specs.

At idle, and mild workloads, the pc performs fine... however, as soon as i start running 3dMark11, the pc shuts off completely for about 3 seconds and then boots back up.

I have not seen any heat warnings, even though things seem to be pretty hot. The PSU is an older RaidMax 630 watt modular. I inherited from a scavenged build and it is probably 3 years old.

I know these higher end boards are more power hungry and i suspect my PSU may not be keeping up, at load... however, i wanted to run this by you guys as i have been a LONG time lurker, simply drooling over everybody elses rigs.


EDIT - This should have gone in the ATI forum... could a mod move it please?
Edited by Faded - 5/4/11 at 10:14am
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You know the answer already. Btw, fill out your sig specs so ppl can more readily help you.
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Yea it looks like your PSU was the reason.
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Originally Posted by Faded View Post
I have a gigabyte x58-ud3r mobo with i7 920 D0 processor. I have 3 sata drives in a RAID 5 array, 6gb tri channel ddr3 1333.

I have been running this setup with a Radeon HD 5770 for over 6 months. I just received my MSI 2gb hd6950 reference model and was able to successfully flash it to 6970 specs.

At idle, and mild workloads, the pc performs fine... however, as soon as i start running 3dMark11, the pc shuts off completely for about 3 seconds and then boots back up.

I have not seen any heat warnings, even though things seem to be pretty hot. The PSU is an older RaidMax 630 watt modular. I inherited from a scavenged build and it is probably 3 years old.

I know these higher end boards are more power hungry and i suspect my PSU may not be keeping up, at load... however, i wanted to run this by you guys as i have been a LONG time lurker, simply drooling over everybody elses rigs.


EDIT - This should have gone in the ATI forum... could a mod move it please?
Does it lock up on the stock 6950 bios? Probably your psu.....Raidmax's are **** and I would be scared to load it up like you did.
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awesome, this is what i was thinking but i wanted to check with the experts. I'll get my frankenstein rig specs updated here after i get out of this meeting
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Does it lock up on the stock 6950 bios? Probably your psu.....Raidmax's are **** and I would be scared to load it up like you did.
Yeah, I wouldn't bet my rig on that same PSU. Raidmax is around the same level as CoolMax... Bleh...

Get a solid modular Antec 650w or a Corsair HX650 and you'll have no problems. ^^
     
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Yeah, I wouldn't bet my rig on that same PSU. Raidmax is around the same level as CoolMax... Bleh...

Get a solid modular Antec 650w or a Corsair HX650 and you'll have no problems. ^^
i was thinkin i'll just bite the bullet and pickup an antec 850 quatro... at least, i think thats what its called.

I have been building my own pc's for about 18 years now but have been somewhat out of the game for the last several. This hodge podge i'm throwing together now, is using somewhat substandard equipment, in some areas... i am trying to rectify that.
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post #8 of 15
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ok couple more questions and i'll post in the appropriate forum for this stuff...

I was able to pickup an Antec Earthwatts 750 for 60 bucks, which i think is a steal... is this PSU worth me using for my setup or should i go ahead and spring for something like a corsair?

also... i dont have much experience with 3dMark11... i know its a direct x 11 bench utility, but i'm not sure what to compare the results to in order to know whether it is performing up to par or not.

thanks for all the help guys
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Earthwatts 750 should be more than good enough, especially for that price!
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post #10 of 15
Someone already said it above, but have you tried running your graphics card with the stock bios? (i.e. the 6950 bios)

I would check this before spending any more money.
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