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post #1 of 38
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Hi there,

I have been having issues lately with my system when playing games, my games seem to stutter a lot, I have done a lot of research and I think the cause could be my PSU.

I'm looking to get advice about when and how to check if I need to upgrade my PSU.

SPECS:

i7 950 running at stock, 3.07GHz
6GB Memory
GTX 670 no OC.
SSD Drive
Standard DVDRW
ASUS Sound card PCI Express

Running a 550W PSU 2 years old.

If a upgrade is required what would you recommend for a upgrade make and power?

Any help from you tech guys would be great.

Regards
Alex
Edited by ultranutter - 3/10/13 at 3:31pm
    
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post #2 of 38
I would say your game stutter issue is the game settings your using or the settings you have in Nvidia control panel.
maybe go too the forums for your game and see what others are using for their game settings.
too test your psu I use a digital multi meter and attach a spare pci-e power cable too the psu and load the system while watching the readings,
then I attach a spare sata cable and watch the readings on it while loading the system.

what brand and model of psu are you using so I can look up some info on it?
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post #3 of 38
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Originally Posted by jlhawn View Post

I would say your game stutter issue is the game settings your using or the settings you have in Nvidia control panel.
maybe go too the forums for your game and see what others are using for their game settings.
too test your psu I use a digital multi meter and attach a spare pci-e power cable too the psu and load the system while watching the readings,
then I attach a spare sata cable and watch the readings on it while loading the system.

what brand and model of psu are you using so I can look up some info on it?

Hi,

Thanks for your reply smile.gif

Its not the game or my graphics, I have spent the last two weeks thinking it was this issue.

I was playing just fine on my old 570 and then out of the blue BF3 went all mad on me. I have since upgraded to the GTX 670 thinking this would help.

I think I noticed this issue when i added a sound card the ASUS DGX

Any more ideas friends?
    
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post #4 of 38
550W seems a bit low in this day and age, but you aren't doing any overclocking so it should still be fine depending on which one you're using. As far as I know, common indicators of PSU issues would include crashes, spontaneous reset or shutdown of the pc, and hard locking/freezing.
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post #5 of 38
What brand/model is the power supply? it might now have enough power to run everything.
post #6 of 38
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Hi,

Thanks for the fast replies guys smile.gif

Here is the make and model.

Coolermaster Centurion 5 II Case with Coolermaster GX 550W PSU

I bought it in 2011.

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Hi,

Could this issue be related to my PSU?
    
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i believe this psu isn't 80Plus certified. and if you get a reliable 620 you will be fine.. you can enter your power consumption here and know how many watts you need

anyway get a more reliable psu.. go for the seasonic S12II 620W if you are tight on budget or the M12II if you want semi modular biggrin.gif
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i believe this psu isn't 80Plus certified. and if you get a reliable 620 you will be fine.. you can enter your power consumption here and know how many watts you need

anyway get a more reliable psu.. go for the seasonic S12II 620W if you are tight on budget or the M12II if you want semi modular biggrin.gif

Hi,

Thanks for the reply smile.gif

Could you explain what you mean by a 80plus?

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Originally Posted by ultranutter View Post

Coolermaster GX 550W PSU
That is one of the most crappy PSU series out there

And this tells you about 80 plus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/80_Plus
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