Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Power Supplies › Is my electric causing my components to die?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Is my electric causing my components to die?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
First of all, I'm pretty uneducated when it comes to electric besides using and paying for it. but anyway here is my situation. I recently moved in a new house and I don't think the electric is so hot. For example, if using a vacuum the lights dim for a few moments when you start it. I I have actually seen my TV power off when the washer machine was being used at the same time. Needless to say I don't think this is so great.

So hears the story, since moving in I have had 2 pcie slots die as well as a hd6950. Could my pc be getting power spikes or something that could cause this to happen? Is there some way for me to test if i have a power issue? What about purchasing one of those cyberpower ups's?

I can't afford to be having this continue to happen whatever is the cause.

Thanks in advance OCNers
post #2 of 10
you are having what is called brown outs, which is a lack of power, spikes are an over abundance, and yes this is killing your components slowly but surely, personally id call the power company and ask why your not getting adequite power to your home, there is no excuse for it
Orange Angel
(22 items)
 
 
BOINC me! (TM)
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.4Ghz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe  Visiontek RX 480 [EK FC nickel/Acetal] 16GB Mushkin Blackline 2133mhz @11-11-11-31-1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Crucial M300 1TB Seagate Firecuda 2TB EK Supreme LTX CSQ [Canadian Special Edition] 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
MCP 35X 10W W/ EK CSQ X-TOP EK Coolstream PE 240 Bitspower Multi Tank 80 Bitspower Matte Black Rotary Fittings/ Feser Ma... 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit Samsung 32 Inch 4K TV Acer S231H NKPC V60 65% custom  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Fractal Design Define Nano S Razer Deathadder 2013 Stelseries QCK+ 
Audio
Astro A40 TR+ Mixamp Pro 
CPUCPUCoolingPower
Antminer S3 Antminer S3 4x Cougar Vortex V12-HP PWM Fans EVGA 500B 500W PSU, Corsair GS700 700W PSU 
Case
2x Factory S3 Steel Cowl Case 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 750 EVGA P55 Classified 200 XFX Radeon 6850 Refrerence XFX Radeon 5770 XXX 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
16GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 WD Caviar RE 250GB Coolermaster Hyper 212+ windows 7 64 bit 
Power
Corsair GS600 
  hide details  
Reply
Orange Angel
(22 items)
 
 
BOINC me! (TM)
(9 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k @ 4.4Ghz ASUS P8Z77-I Deluxe  Visiontek RX 480 [EK FC nickel/Acetal] 16GB Mushkin Blackline 2133mhz @11-11-11-31-1T 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB Crucial M300 1TB Seagate Firecuda 2TB EK Supreme LTX CSQ [Canadian Special Edition] 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
MCP 35X 10W W/ EK CSQ X-TOP EK Coolstream PE 240 Bitspower Multi Tank 80 Bitspower Matte Black Rotary Fittings/ Feser Ma... 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Professional 64-Bit Samsung 32 Inch 4K TV Acer S231H NKPC V60 65% custom  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Corsair HX750 Fractal Design Define Nano S Razer Deathadder 2013 Stelseries QCK+ 
Audio
Astro A40 TR+ Mixamp Pro 
CPUCPUCoolingPower
Antminer S3 Antminer S3 4x Cougar Vortex V12-HP PWM Fans EVGA 500B 500W PSU, Corsair GS700 700W PSU 
Case
2x Factory S3 Steel Cowl Case 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
i5 750 EVGA P55 Classified 200 XFX Radeon 6850 Refrerence XFX Radeon 5770 XXX 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
16GB Kingston HyperX Genesis DDR3 WD Caviar RE 250GB Coolermaster Hyper 212+ windows 7 64 bit 
Power
Corsair GS600 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 10
Though it's not likely that that's the real cause of your woes, it's worth investigating.

Your PSU "cleans" ( and converts ) the power coming from your household circuit, and that process is only improved by using a UPS, which is one reason I run no major electronic component without one ( aside from the protection they afford).

I had a problem very similar to what you've described, so I called Progress Energy ( my local electric utility) and asked them to come out to check the line into my house. Sure enough, the power supply to the panel had a faulty leg. They dug up the line and replaced it back from the transformer, and I've had no problem since then.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel E6600 (LL629A) DFI BLOOD IRON P35-T2RL Diamond HD3870 GSkill ( 2x1G) DDR2-800 HZ's 
OSMonitorKeyboardCase
Windows XP Home (OEM) Sceptre 22" + Sceptre 20" Logitech G15 XG VIPER ( hey, it was free.) 
Mouse
LOGITECH MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel E6600 (LL629A) DFI BLOOD IRON P35-T2RL Diamond HD3870 GSkill ( 2x1G) DDR2-800 HZ's 
OSMonitorKeyboardCase
Windows XP Home (OEM) Sceptre 22" + Sceptre 20" Logitech G15 XG VIPER ( hey, it was free.) 
Mouse
LOGITECH MX518 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 10
I am a electrician ( 7th year ). I recently had a side job where the tenant had this exact problem. Washing machine, microwave, vacuum all would cause dimming ( the worst was the microwave, Big above stove one you know the kind ).. Tested everything to conclude it was a bad neutral at the panel ( or before the panel ). Except everything on my end was good, It was something in their line from the pole to the house turns out ( they replaced it and it fixed it ) but you have a bad neutral or ground somewhere it sounds like. ( not bad, Just not making proper contact. The issue is tracking it down ( isolating the problem , just like your pc ) find out if it is on one specific circuit, Or if it in your whole house.. Then probably call an electrician, 120 v doesn't hurt, But it can in theory kill a person. So if you are not comfortable messing with it. DON'T.. Hope this helps.


EDIT: The problem had persisted so long, That it killed the refrigerator, microwave, and her sons PS3 . So yes, This issue can hurt electronics
Edited by Capwn - 8/20/11 at 2:34pm
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Wow you guys are the best.

How do you recommend that I "track it down"?

I gotta be honest the house has a large addition that is only 6 or so years old. There has been alot of shoddy workmanship that I've had to correct. I wouldn't be surprised if whoever ran the electrical did some bad things.

How can I check this out a little so that if I need a pro i at least have an idea of what I'm talking about?
post #6 of 10
Get yourself soemthing that pulls alot of power ( THINGS LISTED ABOVE ) larger vacumms can pull 12 amps or more... ( most bedroom circuits are on 15 amp breakers, and code says you can have 14 ish "devices" ( A device being either a plug, or a light/ceiling fan, count as one ) on one of those circuits. ) So take the power hungry item into the each room ( a lamp plugged into the same socket will help determine the level of dimming ) Some is normal. But you should be able to tell if one room is worse than another room ( or one socket is worse than another ) really the bad connection could be anywhere from the back of one of your plugs, where the "home run" connects to the panel, from where the feed line comes into the panel, even to where the wire meets the pole. As was the issue in my side job. . Again, Its all about trying to isolate where the problem is, In a room. Or in the whole house.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Okay thanks so much. Time to breakout the vacuum (house needs it anyway) + rep all around
post #8 of 10
And yeah, if you find that it is your whole house. Then call the power company. Tell them you want them to check all their connections at the pole, and in your meter ..
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
I have a feeling its only in the new addition and not the original construction. This leaves me to believe the "electrician" did something wrong.

I will report back once a check each each outlet.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Wow, what's up with the OCN servers? Maybe their hooked up to my electric without me knowing
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Power Supplies
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Power Supplies › Is my electric causing my components to die?