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Ok, first of all, I have been clocked in the past, but am no longer.


amd phenom II 1055 @2.8 Was as high as 3.6 stable
crossfire 4
radeon 6950 2g with current drivers and current java just reinstalled both
8 gigs corsair xm 3 ram old timing 8 8 8 27 auto... 2 4 gig chips
antec true power quatro 850w power supply 2 rails to graphics 2 to rest


the problem
when playing games, almost exclusively, my comp goes black sometimes flashes a couple inches of purple horizontally across the bottom third of the screen and become unresponsive. Audio is killed but sometimes makes a loud eeeeehhhhhh buzzing noise until the screen goes black and all function except power or restart do not work. It sounds a lot like when I was overclocking and went a little to far you know or FSB

I ran a sandra test on a 10 minute cycle and it didn't crash, this was after updating all drivers, windows update, and java.

The card run at 86C at max load during the sandra test. not sure processor temp but it's way below range. I checked but I don't remember the number. to low to worry about thumb.gif

starcraft 2 ran for 5 minutes or so before the driver updates, after I played a game and 1/3 roughly 30 to 40 minutes before it blacked screened me.

about a month ago the power was disconnected in the apartment while the computer was running.

I can't figure out if it's power supply or graphics. The card is only 6 months old but it gets a lot of use and I switch cords a lot.

However, the card does have it's plastic removed. I have a 120 side fan, front , and back, and removing the plastic actually cooled the card down when it was new.

Mods, I hope this is in the right forum but i don't come here often so if you could be so kind as to leave it here so I can find it, I would be grateful.

i've never had a blue screen of death
post #2 of 4
Run memtest first (off a usb flash drive) and see if it's the ram.

There's a program called "whocrashed" it will detail any logs
in an easy to read fashion.
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i5 3570k Asus P8Z77-VPRO Gigabyte 670 oc Patriot Viper Extreme  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 64 GB  Crucial M4 64GB ihas424 Scythe mugen rev.b 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 64 Bit Apple Cinema 30 Optimus Maximus  XFX 650  
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lian Li T60R Razer Abyssus Razer Sphex Sennheiser 558 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
athlon 64 4000+ Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe gts 250 4gb ddr-400 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
Seagate 150GB windows xp Antec Basiq Series VP450 thermaltake armor 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
e4300 ga-965p-ds3 ati rage xl 4gb ddr2-667 
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I'm betting on the power supply...

Run Memtest as suggested above.

Download prime95 and run it for 30 minutes or so (watch the cpu temps with HW Monitor or something similar) and see what happens...

Run Furmark and see what happens, again - watch temps.

If both make it 30 mins or so with no trouble, try running both at once for ten minutes or so - if it craps out it's almost certainly the power supply IMO. I don't like running out and buying hardware without being sure, so perhaps you could try a fresh install of Windows on another drive or a backup power supply just to help eliminate variables.

It seems like the card is getting a little toasty but I'm not sure about the temps on your specific card - it's possible it's getting too hot without the fan shroud but I don't really believe those make that big of a difference. You could try using some overclocking software like MSI Afterburner or Sapphire Trixx and lowering the GPU clocks below stock values - just to see if it runs a game when it's a little bit cooler. I personally don't like my GPUs to go over 80c.
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Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice! I changed the power supply and that has fixed most of the problem. I also did a full format.

with a more stable power supply I noticed that the AC is pulling so much power when it kicks on that it was draining power from my pc. I moved it to a new outlet and switched the surge protector and that stopped the power loss.

New problem though I've been getting a few black screen flashes time to time. I have also gotten one BSOD for memory management. again my memory tests fine and gameplay is flawless maybe just low power in the apartment again?
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