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It keeps happening to me more and more frequently.
While gaming my screen will randomly go black and everything just seems to crash. No mouse or keyboard input and continues like this endlessly until I hit the restart button. When windows reboots, I get no problems or error messages.
Someone mentioned to me, since I play a lot of Starcraft 2, that there were issues with the battle.net servers but I don't really see this being the case. Also while playing Tomb Raider, I get the same random crashes.
My PC is the same one that's in my sig and I'm not overclocking.
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now you can tell me that i am full of it and you might be right. but sorry to say that you have one crappy overkill of a PSU there. it just might be a fine example of how a too big of a PSU is just as bad as too small. btw, the former PSU editor here on OCN has something to say about that unit:
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post

Well, aside from the fact that it couldn't do 80PLUS Gold in a million years, it's alright. It's a mid-range Andyson E-series unit.

However, it can only do 80PLUS standard. Like I said, it's an E-series unit. The unit Raidmax sent to 80PLUS was an Andyson K-series unit, which is much higher-end and more efficient. Short story shorter, Raidmax are rotten, filthy liars and this product is a bait and switch. It represents a decent value, yes, but I wouldn't recommend supporting those hosers.

looking at your sig rig, i would be shocked if it went anywhere past 400 watts fully stressed. so you are at the most hitting just over 35% of the "rated output" of the PSU and getting nowhere near peak efficiency; causing the PSU to get hot and drying out the capacitors; which maybe getting flonky on you.

again, i could be wrong but i really would like to suggest to not rule out having a problem with the PSU.

with that said have you tried the usual graphics card trouble shooting? checking connections and cleaning out the drivers and re-installing them?
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now you can tell me that i am full of it and you might be right. but sorry to say that you have one crappy overkill of a PSU there. it just might be a fine example of how a too big of a PSU is just as bad as too small. btw, the former PSU editor here on OCN has something to say about that unit:
looking at your sig rig, i would be shocked if it went anywhere past 400 watts fully stressed. so you are at the most hitting just over 35% of the "rated output" of the PSU and getting nowhere near peak efficiency; causing the PSU to get hot and drying out the capacitors; which maybe getting flonky on you.

again, i could be wrong but i really would like to suggest to not rule out having a problem with the PSU.

with that said have you tried the usual graphics card trouble shooting? checking connections and cleaning out the drivers and re-installing them?

I second this, you have a really nice rig pure_cure, but that power supply is junk. A quality 750w unit would run your system no problems at all with headroom. I highly doubt that Raidmax could even deliver half it's rated voltage, and using it in a crossfire setup would really push it.
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I used to have a lot of power problems so I decided to go with as big a PSU vthat I could afford.
I've heard A LOT of people tell me it's decent but it doesn't live up to its specs. I used to run a gts 250 sli setup with a dual core e5400 overclocked 24/7. I blew a 550w and then a 660w in the space of like 2 months.
I've got some cash to spend atm to get a new psu but this one's only 10 months old. Do you really recommend replacing it at this stage?
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Originally Posted by pure_cure View Post

I used to have a lot of power problems so I decided to go with as big a PSU vthat I could afford.
I've heard A LOT of people tell me it's decent but it doesn't live up to its specs. I used to run a gts 250 sli setup with a dual core e5400 overclocked 24/7. I blew a 550w and then a 660w in the space of like 2 months.
I've got some cash to spend atm to get a new psu but this one's only 10 months old. Do you really recommend replacing it at this stage?

I'm no where near knowledgeable enough to say whether the problem you're experiencing is with your power supply or not, but I highly suspect it could definitely be at least part of the issue. A good quality 750w power supply would easily power your computer if you overclocked your graphics cards.

Anyway before looking into that its definitely worth taking a closer look to see if you can narrow down the problem a bit. I suggest you install RealTemp and MSI Afterburner to monitor your cpu and graphics card temperatures while you're playing your games. Like the other user said you could try reinstalling your drivers/ reverting to previous drivers for your graphics cards.

Really hope this helps smile.gif
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that's just . .crazy having so many PSU problems. i am sure a 660 watt PSU would run a gts 250 SLI and a core duo set up. but that is all over with . .

before throwing the baby out with the bath water; try uninstalling the drivers and then re-installing (if you can reformat and re-install the OS even better but that might be excessive) . if you still have a problem you might try pull out one of the 660s and see if a single card runs ok. then try switching cards to see one of the cards are going flonky.

a few things to trouble shoot is:
checking the connections - sometimes thing do mysteriously get loose even when the case hasn't moved.
checking the software - drivers.
checking each card.

if you get to the point that everything is fine but running SLI is when the problem happens - that's when looking at the PSU is pretty much the only item left unless someone can think of something i am not. though metioning your history with PSUs is getting me to wonder about the source you're plugging into . . .
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Quote:
Originally Posted by looniam View Post

now you can tell me that i am full of it and you might be right. but sorry to say that you have one crappy overkill of a PSU there. it just might be a fine example of how a too big of a PSU is just as bad as too small. btw, the former PSU editor here on OCN has something to say about that unit:
looking at your sig rig, i would be shocked if it went anywhere past 400 watts fully stressed. so you are at the most hitting just over 35% of the "rated output" of the PSU and getting nowhere near peak efficiency; causing the PSU to get hot and drying out the capacitors; which maybe getting flonky on you.

again, i could be wrong but i really would like to suggest to not rule out having a problem with the PSU.

with that said have you tried the usual graphics card trouble shooting? checking connections and cleaning out the drivers and re-installing them?

The first thing I thought of when the OP mentioned blank screens and no response was also the PSU. And then when you mentioned raidmax, I became almost certain it's the PSU!

I have to give the warning that I've been giving for years now since they cheated me:
NEVER BUY RAIDMAX. THEY ARE A BUNCH OF LYING CHEATERS WHO "DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT" WHEN YOU CALL ASKING ABOUT YOUR REBATE STATUS ON THE PISS-POOR QUALITY PRODUCT YOU BOUGHT FROM THEM.
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