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Hi guys,

I have a problem here. First of all, it started with my screen going crazy, with lines all over then a blank screen then a windows error that says something about "display driver has failed, but windows recovered it".

So windows suddenly restarts itself and it shuts down immediately after 1 second of boot with the VGA fan's on full blast.

So I thought something wrong with my VGA, so i took it out. But still when I turn the PC on, it will boot for 1 second and shuts down immediately.

Is this a PSU related damage? or maybe a mobo issue? Since I just change my cpu/mobo combo.

Spec:
i5 2500k
Gigabyte P67a-UD4
4gb Corsair Xms3 DHX 1333
Asus HD5850
Seasonic M12II 620w
1TB Hitachi HD
750GB Seagate HD
post #2 of 9
My asus boots up and then shuts down without a video card present, try another video card.. ask a friend if you can try his.
post #3 of 9
You should try swap both the PSU and video card with another that you know is working (a friend or relatives) to start the process of elimination. You should be able to pin point it, if both still cause it to crash it could be motherboard related/driver related. Have you got the latest drivers for your video card or a driver version that is known to work well for other people? Best of luck!
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post #4 of 9
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thanks for the help guys.

found out that its my PSU. Remembered that I actually had a black out the night before (pretty common in indonesia). The blackout must have did something to the PSU.

To prevent this problem to occur in the future can you guys give a thought if surge protectors really works or I should just spend more $ on a UPS?
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thanks for the help guys.

found out that its my PSU. Remembered that I actually had a black out the night before (pretty common in indonesia). The blackout must have did something to the PSU.

To prevent this problem to occur in the future can you guys give a thought if surge protectors really works or I should just spend more $ on a UPS?
I recommend a surge protector but I have still had 2 systems destroyed by power surges even though they were on surge protectors. Both of them were lightning strikes though.

One was a lightning strike directly on my apartment building. Fried almost everything in my computer. The second was a lightning strike on a power line about a block from my apartment. I was in my car and saw the lightning hit the power line as I was driving home. I was like "Wow, I sure hope that didn't kill my computer..." I get home and sure enough it is dead...

They were nice surge protectors too. I tried to get the surge protector companies to pay for my system both times but they have so much red tape and bullcrap to deal with I simply gave up. I didn't have receipts for my computer so that made it difficult to get them to pay.

I kept all my receipts for my latest build.
    
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post #6 of 9
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Thanks, but now I am worried that surge protectors are not enough for my needs. Indonesia have black out at least once a month.

Anyone with UPS can chime in? I used a psu calculator and calculated that my rig needs 400w of power, but my PSU is 620w. So would a 500w UPS be sufficient or do i need to match my PSU?
post #7 of 9
The 500 would be fine. You just need to make sure that the UPS provides the same or more watts than the system draws. You don't need to match the PSU's rated output.
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post #8 of 9
Your UPS probably doesn't even need to match your max system wattage anyways. You aren't going to be running 100% CPU and GPU usage off of the UPS. The UPS's main function is simply to let you save everything and shut your system down so you don't have any data loss.

One of my surge protectors I mentioned above was actually a nice UPS. I forget the brand. It failed to protect from a lightning strike.
    
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post #9 of 9
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Update:

Previously, I am certain it was the seasonic psu that died since I tested with my friend's corsair CX600 and my system powered up no problem.

So today I went back to the shop where I got my PSU from and ask for an exchange. So they inspect the psu, and test it on their system. What do you know, it freaking powered the system. So now I am very confused.

For sure my motherboard isn't affected since the corsair cx600 powered it up no problem.

Anyone can explain?
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