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Computer crashs when playing games

Discussion in 'Games' started by greenjr, Jan 24, 2010.

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  1. greenjr

    greenjr Thread Starter

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    i have a Radeon x1650 videocard, Intel Pentium 4 CPU 3.20GHz, 3,070MB RAM.
    Whenever i try to play a game it crashes like 5-10 minutes in, i can play half-life without problems though. i just need some help because its really starting to annoy me.
     
  2. Ziggy1

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    sounds like overheating to me, have you opened the case periodically to make sure the fans are clear of dust ( and also check to make sure they work).

    how many watts is your power supply, I was reading this link about your card and it uses up to 160 watts at peak, so it can certainly affect the PSU,,, try running with case off and even with a fan directed at it to see if you can play longer, with that helps it then it is a heat issue, if it doesn't I'd be concerned about power.

    * I'm not exactly sure is a PSU will reset like that or if they normally just burn out
     
  3. m00k

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    You should make sure the video card is plugged into the PSU as well as the card slot. If it isn't plugged into the PSU, it won't get enough power for the attached fan to run, so the card will overheat, causing the computer to reboot.
     
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