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post #31 of 90
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What is the exact model of Alienware? I'd be willing to bet this problem started when he upgraded to the 7970.I'm sure Alienware didn't install a strong enough PSU for a 7970 seeing as how the strongest current GPU offered is a 270X(7870). A crappy 825w,especially if it is a few years old may not cut the mustard.
It's a dell 825w PSU 80+ silver or something like that. I may just have to bite the bullet and take my damn 910 watt out of my computer tomorrow and bring it.
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post #32 of 90
You have narrowed it down to 3 possibilities. As I have to remind myself when my thinking goes everywhere. 'Start at the plug'. PSU, VC, then MB. Also, make sure you are using a tested good video cable. I've solved many issues with a simple dvi/hdmi replacement. Amazing how those can go bad so quickly sometimes.
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post #33 of 90
Try using a driver removal tool to remove all the of drivers from the current card and to ensure nothing is left around from the previous card. I had some really strange driver problems with my old 7970 and a fresh windows install along with re-flashing the 7970 BIOS fixed my issues.

I would first try a driver removal tool like this ( http://www.guru3d.com/files_details/display_driver_uninstaller_download.html ). Leftover driver files can cause strange issues!

You could also try installing windows on a separate drive (one of your own, so you don't nuke all his files) and see if the issues are still happening. If none of this helps I would then try replacing the power supply as that is next easiest and leave the motherboard for last.

Edit: As for the power supply you don't need anything close to that wattage for a single card. A 650W is overkill!
post #34 of 90
You'd need at least one other GPU (preferably Nvidia just to rule out anything having to do with AMD cards) that can take advantage of the 6 pins for the gpu.
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post #35 of 90
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It's a dell 825w PSU.

Just found this via your screen shot. (note I am not selling)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Dell-J556T-Alienware-Aurora-ALX-R2-875W-Power-Supply-H875EF-00-/121282593421

Considering there is no branding bar the DELL, I would say it is the Power Supply crapping out, it's probably very cheap and highly overrated for the total output. A 750 Watt Corsair would be better
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post #36 of 90
As suggested by others, narrow it down and test your own PSU first on his system because that's rather easy to do. That 825W should suffice but it can be defective.
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aim for the dumpster
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post #38 of 90
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Just found this via your screen shot. (note I am not selling)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Dell-J556T-Alienware-Aurora-ALX-R2-875W-Power-Supply-H875EF-00-/121282593421

Considering there is no branding bar the DELL, I would say it is the Power Supply crapping out, it's probably very cheap and highly overrated for the total output. A 750 Watt Corsair would be better

A quick googling indicates it's roughly the same as the ones used in dell precisions. Values for that PSU are the following btw:
http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDgwWDY0MA==/z/7~0AAOxyYSdS~OId/$_3.JPG
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post #39 of 90
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aim for the dumpster

that's what I want to say to anyone that buys alienware/dell computers lol
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aim for the dumpster

Going on your Avatar I heard your post in Kramers voice thumb.gif
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