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Hello guys!

I couldn't find a proper sections in the forum to post this so here goes....

Since I bought my motherboard about a year ago from now, I have been experiencing very very rare instability issues in-game and under light-load. It was until recently that someone pointed out it may be an unstable power problem. And I believe he was right on the money. Some indications of this include: sound distortion from turning off the table fan (that is connected to the same multi-outlet of my PC), or sound distortions when someone hits the light switch near my PC.

I currently live in a garage converted into a room with its own private bathroom. So it is very likely poor wiring as a result. Any ideas on how to get around this issue? Maybe using a high quality extension cord to try other outlets? Buying a backup PSU? I'm willing to try any helpful suggestions.
Edited by element72 - 4/21/17 at 3:50pm
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Another indication is, you have gone through a few PSUs. :)

 

I forgot to show you the kind of high-end extension cord I had in mind.

 

https://www.milspec-direct.com/pro-classic-audio-visual-events-extension-cords

 

I have one for reasons I can explain later, but WOW this is one hell of an extension cord. Get the 12 AWG. It truly extends the outlet.


Edited by TwoCables - 4/21/17 at 4:38pm
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

Another indication is, you have gone through a few PSUs. smile.gif

I forgot to show you the kind of high-end extension cord I had in mind.

https://www.milspec-direct.com/pro-classic-audio-visual-events-extension-cords

I have one for reasons I can explain later, but WOW this is one hell of an extension cord. Get the 12 AWG. It truly extends the outlet.

I just found this little guide. http://www.overclock.net/t/1305395/the-uninterrupting-uninterruptible-power-supply-ups-guide/0_100 This might probably help me. This is what I meant by backup power supply btw; sorry if i confused you.

Also, do explain why you are using a 12 AWG. It might help me and others in the future.
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I just found this little guide. http://www.overclock.net/t/1305395/the-uninterrupting-uninterruptible-power-supply-ups-guide/0_100 This might probably help me. This is what I meant by backup power supply btw; sorry if i confused you.

Also, do explain why you are using a 12 AWG. It might help me and others in the future.

 

It's a special situation that probably won't ever apply to anyone else.

 

I live in my bedroom, and unfortunately it is wired properly for bedroom electrical code. This means the wiring in the walls is 14AWG wiring (thin, low-power). I noticed it when I tried to use my space heater and canister vacuum: I had much less power than normal. I tried other outlets in the house that I know are on 12AWG wiring and I get noticeably more power.

 

So, I have the 25' 12AWG Mil-Spec extension cord connected to an outlet that I know has 12AWG wiring and guess what, I get EXACTLY the same amount of power as I do when I try that outlet directly! So, now I have full power for my heater and my vacuum.

 

At first, I thought I would also put my computer o it, but it turns out it's better off on my room's 14 AWG because it's pretty much a dedicated circuit for my computer (and a couple of lights and an alarm clock lol).

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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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