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It'll be a little tricky to test the PSU as you'll need a multimeter to monitor the voltages while the computer is under stress.

And 625W is plenty for your system as long as you have a quality unit.

I did a little looking into the Extreme 2 series from cooler master and they don't seem to be all that great. Here's a review on the 475 model:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Extreme-2-475-W-Power-Supply-Review/1550/11

Can't imagine the 625 would be much better in that regard. Here's a snippet from the review:
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Even if this unit were labeled with its real wattage (430 W), it would still be a bad choice. Voltages drop below the minimum allowed, and noise and ripple levels can increase above the maximum allowed, causing your computer to behave erratically.

I'd think your PSU is the one behind your instability issues. Not only is the actual wattage inflated, it also has a hard time delivering the actual power it does provide effectively.
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It'll be a little tricky to test the PSU as you'll need a multimeter to monitor the voltages while the computer is under stress.

And 625W is plenty for your system as long as you have a quality unit.

I did a little looking into the Extreme 2 series from cooler master and they don't seem to be all that great. Here's a review on the 475 model:

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cooler-Master-Extreme-2-475-W-Power-Supply-Review/1550/11

Can't imagine the 625 would be much better in that regard. Here's a snippet from the review:
I'd think your PSU is the one behind your instability issues. Not only is the actual wattage inflated, it also has a hard time delivering the actual power it does provide effectively.

ok then, well I don't have a voltage monitor so Im really unsure what to do, don't have a spair psu to test =\
post #13 of 41
Well, everything is pointing to the PSU right now. And knowing that CM Extreme 2's are poor units to begin with reinforces that.

The real problem would be continuing to use a failing power supply; especially a low-quality one, as it could likely take other components out with it.

I'd look into replacing it as soon as you can.
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Well, everything is pointing to the PSU right now. And knowing that CM Extreme 2's are poor units to begin with reinforces that.

The real problem would be continuing to use a failing power supply; especially a low-quality one, as it could likely take other components out with it.

I'd look into replacing it as soon as you can.

Yeh I know exactly what you mean, but I don't want to go off and buy a new psu if thats not the issue, im a little short on cash right now, is there no other way for testing to psu?

also I forgot to add i am using a agility 4 ocz SSD 128gb drive, could this be an issue? and I will also add, my system is only 6 months old
post #15 of 41
You can try software to read the voltages but you run the risk of them not being completely accurate. Try this:

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

Look at the voltages while stress testing. Furmark, Prime, ect..

As far as the SSD goes try updating the firmware if you haven't already. But it doesn't sound like it's the issue, as your computer is only freezing during games. Since your computer is under load while playing games, it makes sense that a struggling PSU would have trouble providing stable power to your system and cause the freeze.

If the SSD was faulty you'd be experiencing freezes sporadically; not just while playing games.
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post #16 of 41
Also, I believe OCCT has a PSU test, but I've never used it so I can't really comment on it.

It's worth a shot anyways.

http://www.ocbase.com/

Use it at your own risk - You do risk blowing the unit if it's faulty or weak.
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Originally Posted by Shift. View Post

You can try software to read the voltages but you run the risk of them not being completely accurate. Try this:

http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/hwmonitor.html

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If the SSD was faulty you'd be experiencing freezes sporadically; not just while playing games.

Sorry, I actually found out a and posted earlier it is freeing while under no load, it froze earlier with 2 web pages open, I shall change this info in my OP
post #18 of 41
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..

As far as the SSD goes try updating the firmware if you haven't already. .

I haven't updated firmware, I will leave that for now as It will wipe my SSD and I only just recently formated frown.gif

Will sit on my recent changes for now
post #19 of 41
It could still very well be the power supply. All it takes is one slight voltage spike for your system to hang.

Are you able to play games without it freezing? And I re-read your OP; here are a few other things I'd like to point out:

  • To fully test the CPU run the Small FFT test on Prime. The blend test only does a little bit of everything.
  • To test the GPU use Furmark; not 3D Mark. And actually, OCCT (download link in my last post) should have a GPU stress testing feature as well which is a lot like Furmark.
  • For RAM testing use Memtest; the Prime Blend test doesn't really stress the ram all that much.
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OCCT has a built in PSU tester, you can also pick up a psu tester from frys, newegg, or microcenter for 20 or so. To me it almost seems like your mobo is faulty....
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