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I have been back for two days, first my bike screws up on the way to work, now my PC is playing up (to no surprise).

I think my PSU is starting to get overrun? I have had crashes in UT3, crysis and I just had Project Torque crash and the computer restart after maybe an hours worth of playing.

Here's everything in my rig that's not in my sig : 6x80mm fans + 1x120mm + 2x160Gb HD's.

I know I have a power hungry graphics card too. Im going to stress test for a while and see if anything happens. I have had crashes in XP and Vista.

Any thoughts?
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post #2 of 23
500 Watts is on the low end of what you need in todays PC market. Especially if you are going to be overclocking you need a more powerul PSU.
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i would aim for 650-700 watts. But this is coming from the guy with a 430
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Originally Posted by Gollie View Post
500 Watts is on the low end of what you need in todays PC market. Especially if you are going to be overclocking you need a more powerul PSU.

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Originally Posted by raven117 View Post
i would aim for 650-700 watts. But this is coming from the guy with a 430
Sorry guys, my pc just failed orthos after about a minute

You are right, by todays standards it's best to get more than 500W

I am sick of this happening, but it's for another thread if I have a problem

Everything was stable before I went on holiday
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post #5 of 23
ATI states 550W for 2900 series.. So, it is time to get a new psu. Depending on your budget, $60 Corsair 550VX or other good 650W such as Silverstone DA650.
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Originally Posted by linskingdom View Post
ATI states 550W for 2900 series.. So, it is time to get a new psu. Depending on your budget, $60 Corsair 550VX or other good 650W such as Silverstone DA650.
I have never had any problems up until now, but I will have to upgrade sooner or later.

Thank you for your suggestions though Lins
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Before I started overclocking, I had a power supply fail on me or one of my friends about once every year or 2. Granted, they were cheap, and low end and most never cleaned their computers.

Since I started OC'd, taking better care, cleaning every couple of months and keeping my power supply cold, I've had only one power supply fail. It was a 450 watter that I pushed hard. It was powering my everything including a 7900, and tons of fans and lighting.


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Before I started overclocking, I had a power supply fail on me or one of my friends about once every year or 2. Granted, they were cheap, and low end and most never cleaned their computers.

Since I started OC'd, taking better care, cleaning every couple of months and keeping my power supply cold, I've had only one power supply fail. It was a 450 watter that I pushed hard. It was powering my everything including a 7900, and tons of fans and lighting.


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Yeah, I had a 400W PSU that came with a case before this one. I started to get the idea that I needed some stable power. It's like trying to run a F1 car on tap water
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what are your voltages? it could be heat related
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post #10 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Flower View Post
I have never had any problems up until now....
Sure... but it can take just running a PSU at 75%+ of it's capability for long periods of time to finally get one to fail. That's why I always laugh at these guys using 380W power supplies because their machine is stable..... NOW.
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