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How to Tell if my PSU is Failing?

post #1 of 9
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I got a new computer. It's custom built and arrived in the mail yesterday.

Since then it's been shutting down randomly. The computer would close windows and just shut down.
Specs:
8GB DDR3 Ram
FX-4100
6770 GPU
500 Watt PSU

Is the PSU failing or what?
post #2 of 9
It could be, especially if it's shutting down / crashing when the computer is under load. To test your PSU, you will need a Multi Meter to test the voltage output of your PSU.

Here's a link on how to do this if you are unaware.
post #3 of 9
From what you are saying it sounds like the computer is shutting itself down maybe to protect itself

Have you checked temps?

Or maybe it is something like a faulty power button on your comp?
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I had a PSU do exactly that, It's the PSU (If it isn't temps). What do you have currently? I had a Xigmatek 600w do that, replaced it with a Seasonic S12II and it's been perfect since.
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post #5 of 9
sweet..i bet it's an oem fx4100 build..with faulty ram timins..this was inevitable
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post #6 of 9
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I'm pretty sure it's a low quality 500W.
Ram is fine. I checked it on different computers. I'm loathe to take out the power supply and check that with a different computer because of all the unplugging. T.T

PSU isn't under load when it crashes. I'd use my computer normally and it'd sometimes crash on startup or after use for a while.

Not overheating. tongue.gif Made sure of that. There's a GPU, CPU and PSU fan a case fan, one fan over the HDD and a fan in the back. CPUID shows temperatures of CPU at 25-32 Celsius for the CPU and 33-34 for the GPU. HDD holds at 32 constantly.
post #7 of 9
Does it abruptly shut off as if someone pulled the plug or is it more of a shutdown sequence? If it's the former, it could be a symptom of a dying PSU.
    
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post #8 of 9
Unless a PSU is over-heating or has low voltages it's pretty difficult to determine it's status. The PC shutting off could be any number of things including but not limited to the PSU.
post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
Computer just shuts down as if I were holding down the power button.
It's really annoying D:
Replacement PSU should arrive in 2 days. If that one doesn't work I guess I can dish out another $50 for a decent 80+ PSU or figure out whatever the heck else is wrong.
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