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Ok so my Computer is listed in my sig so that should be the basic info needed. In any case I can turn my computer on and everything just fine no issues. I can play WoW for about anywhere from 1-8 hrs and then all the sudden bam my circuit breaker trips.

I have duplicated this issue on two seperate 15 amp breakers and am now trying it on a 20amp.

Its really strange because I just moved into a new apartment and this has never happened to me before at my old place. Nothing has changed since the move, and was very careful when moving my computer.

I have tried to disable SLI thinking maybe it was pulling too much power with two 9800GTXs. But im not sure. It still tripped it. If it trips the 20amp I will disconnect one card and see what happenes.

Its just odd because there is no pattern to it.
    
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The breakers on the 15 amp circuits may have degraded to where they have a lower trip point. It is also possible there is something else on the circuit causing it to trip.

Your best bet if its not something else on the circuit is to have your landlord bring an expert out to take a look at the breakers.
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It sounds to me like your system is perfectly fine, but instead it's the wiring in this apartment. Something definitely is not right here. However, I am looking forward to seeing if switching to the 20A breaker fixes it.
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post #4 of 19
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The breakers on the 15 amp circuits may have degraded to where they have a lower trip point. It is also possible there is something else on the circuit causing it to trip.

Your best bet if its not something else on the circuit is to have your landlord bring an expert out to take a look at the breakers.
Nothing else on these circuits as its my bedroom. And when I say brand new apartments, I mean we are the first to live in them and just opened up on the 15th. So I wouldnt think they degraded but maybe. I dont really know much about electrical work.

But yeah im pretty pissed and will be calling my landlord tomorrow. Also waiting on my roomate to plug in his computer as its close in spec to mine. Want to see if it trips on him as well.
    
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post #5 of 19
At most your system would, maybe draw 8-10 amps from the wall and that is assuming the efficiency is horrible and your at maximum load, so I'm 99% sure its an electrical problem in your apartment.
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post #6 of 19
There is already a load applied to the circuit, your PC is merely pushing it to the 'breaking' point (pun intended).

I agree with Zhany, ~8 Ampere draw assuming 80% efficiency of your PSU at maximum (750 Watt) load.
Edited by Arctucas - 12/19/10 at 5:18pm
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post #7 of 19
They may have wired your apartment goofy. Have you tried cycling power on each breaker to see what appliances are in which circuits?

I cant see your computer alone drawing 15 amps.
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Originally Posted by Zhany View Post
The breakers on the 15 amp circuits may have degraded to where they have a lower trip point. It is also possible there is something else on the circuit causing it to trip.

Your best bet if its not something else on the circuit is to have your landlord bring an expert out to take a look at the breakers.
^^This^^ It is probably just a faulty breaker, and every time it trips, it will be a little more worn out. Contact your landlord and let him have an electrician replace the breaker. He can also test the resistance in the lines to see if there might be some bad wiring or a bad outlet. I would also suggest making sure your renters insurance is up to date and everything is listed.
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^^This^^ It is probably just a faulty breaker, and every time it trips, it will be a little more worn out. Contact your landlord and let him have an electrician replace the breaker. He can also test the resistance in the lines to see if there might be some bad wiring or a bad outlet. I would also suggest making sure your renters insurance is up to date and everything is listed.
I totally second that one. Nothing like losing your rig in a fire from faulty wires
 
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post #10 of 19
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Well so far it has yet to trip on the 20Amp GFI outlet. Oh and yes I have purposely tripped the breaker to see how everything is wired, and they are dedicated to each room or appliance as far as I can tell.

Also according to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageG...Power%20Supply

it does draw 10amps. But still would it/could it trip with 10A on it, and could the PSU be pulling more?
Edited by GDP - 12/19/10 at 5:49pm
    
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