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>> 2nd edit - AX1200 fixed the problems

>> 1st edit: Updated with numbers from a kill a watt to estimate power on each rail here: http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...t13501506.html

Hey everyone

I'm crashing and I think it's power related. The last week it's got worse, before I was stable at 4.6GHz, now I'm only stable at 4.5GHz. However if I raise VCore I also crash at 4.5GHz

The crash symptoms are just a sudden power shutdown during linx or folding etc, no blue screen, no freeze/lock up, the computer just turns off. This is why I think it's power related.

Because I think it's power I'm guessing it's either my crappy PSU - a 550W max OCZ unit that claims 25A on each of 2 12V rails (although it's happy gaming and running the overclocked cpu and 2 460's also overclocked without crashing, but the gpu's will be on a different 12V line)

The other possibility is that it's the motherboard (Asus P6T vanilla version) vrm's?

Both the motherboard and the psu are about 15-16months old.

What would you do?

Thanks!
Edited by stren - 5/17/11 at 8:06pm
     
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Yep 550w for 460 sli and a 980x at 4.6 ghz doesnt cut it.
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Yep 550w for 460 sli and a 980x at 4.6 ghz doesnt cut it.
Yup but it's crashing when the gpu's aren't doing anything so it's not total power usage, I pull more power when gaming. But I guess they are separate rails and it could be the cpu rail that's dying.
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I would look at ripping the psu out and blowing all the dust out...... That sounds like dust is there and and the power is jumping all over and giving u ur problems
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I would look at ripping the psu out and blowing all the dust out...... That sounds like dust is there and and the power is jumping all over and giving u ur problems
Yeah I did that about a month ago, so I don't think it's that. Thanks though
     
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post #6 of 33
Are you using windows XP or 7?
Because certain BSOD's will simply restart the PC in XP without showing the BSOD, while W7 will.

When the computer shuts down, does it restart in 5 seconds, or remain off as if you shut off the AC power completely? Are the lights /fans completely off and remain off?
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post #7 of 33
Just get a new PSU....

Running that setup on a 550W is asking for your system to blow up. Stop being silly and pull one card out until you get a new PSU. For all I know you might've already caused permanent damage to your system.
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post #8 of 33
@stren> if your system was stable with same power supply then its not your power supply.
its some hardware that degraded or showing sign.can be cpu as well.
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You are stressing the hell out of the PSU.

A 980x with a high OC and a water cooling system and SLI?
A 550w will not be able to handle it at all. Most likely you pushed it to its limits and now it's starting to take effect.
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Have you thought about stripping the system down to the bare minimum and then try to OC/stress test? You can also spend 15 usd on a killawatt that's on sale on newegg atm and know for sure how much power you're using.
    
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