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System Freeze/Crash on 2 identical builds. Suspects please.

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I built 2 identical systems and I seem to be getting the exact same problem on both. One seems to have it worse than the other, but it's the same thing. Anytime I launch a game, the system pretty much freezes or crashes to a black screen and requires a hard restart. Here's the specs:

AMD Athlon IIx4 640 (3.0GHz - no OC)
MSI 870-G45 ATX AM3 Motherboard
Zotac GTX460 768mb GPU
1.5TB Wetern Didgital Green HDD
4GB PQI DDR3-1333 (2 x 2GB)
Rosewill Destroyer Case
Blue Star 650w PSu (The culprit - I think)

My only guess is that the PSU is starving the GTX for power and causing crashes. Does this sound reasonable? It was a dirt cheap power supply.

One of the systems only crashes when playing games, but the other one has started crashing at random times while on internet. Both are less than 10 days old and running Windows 7 64-bit.

Any and all input is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 6
yeah thats not helping having a cheap psu its the most vital part and you honestly can be tight and buy a cheap one it needs to be properly branded if you are intendin to play games on it chances are because its cheap its not regulating the power correctly and not allowing the parts to get sufficent power and choking them
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Set your memory voltage manually(check the memory sticker for it). Some mobos undervolt the memory if you set it AUTO. If still unstable set it a little bit higher than stock(ex. 1.50V --> 1.55V)
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post #4 of 6
I would say it's the PSU.
Specifications
+3.3V @ 35A (115.5watts)
+5V @ 32A (160watts)
+12V @ 35A (420watts)
-12V @ 0.5A
Edited by dixson01974 - 12/19/10 at 12:31pm
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post #5 of 6
That Blue Star PSU is probably a 200-300W unit and is likely the culprit.

Get an Antec Earthwatts 430D and be happy.
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post #6 of 6
You should have never cheaped out on the power supply. It's such a vital part to any build.
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