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Every Game Crashes???

Discussion in 'Games' started by Bearaids, Jan 26, 2011.

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  1. Bearaids

    Bearaids Thread Starter

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    Okay First off heres my specs

    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.1
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate , 64 bit
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+, AMD64 Family 15 Model 67 Stepping 3
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 3070 Mb
    Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4890 Series , 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 305142 MB, Free - 39069 MB;
    Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., M2N-E SLI, 1.XX, 123456789000
    Antivirus: None

    So, When ever i load up a new game and run it on its highest settings my computer just seams to Reset itself, Which is really really agrivating when your playing an MMO. I dont know what i can tell you besides, that it just seams to crash whenever i try to run any game on its highest settings...

    I made my computer about 4 years ago and have made some upgrades since then (I was about 14-15 when i built it).

    I think my problem may be my power supply its only 550W and im running a big video card that seams to be sucking all the power?

    Edit : I keep my drivers up to date checking them every 2 weeks or so, and did so not 15 minutes ago.
    2nd Edit : I Do not overheat my Video card Stays around 50c and my CPU is fine.
    3rd Edit : Added 4890 To video card

    I Did play wow for a good 3 years running it on highest settings, Now i cant run a single game on anything but its lowest settings for 20minutes.
     
  2. Masta Squidge

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    Well first of all, stop trying to run everything on its highest settings lol. Just because you have a "decent" video card doesnt mean every game should be maxxed out. Which video card do you have, "4800 series" doesnt really tell us anything. 4850? 4870? 4870x2?

    At any rate, even playing an "old" game like wow (just an example, not saying you do play that. but it has had many updates to its gfx engine... some people dont realize this) can strain a system on its highest settings. I have a GTX 465 which has had many... tweaks we shall say, done to it. And even that creaks and groans a little bit under the strain of WoW at the highest possible settings.

    If your PC is crashing when any graphical load is placed on it, check to be sure you arent overheating. Otherwise you may be correct (and I think you are) that it is a problem with your power supply not being able to support the demands of the video card.
     
  3. Tanis

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    I would hazard a guess at the power supply being a possible culprit, exactly what make and model is the power supply and is it the one that you put in when you first built the system 4 years ago?

    I have done a very rough (and it is very rought as I don't know the exact details of your system) PSU calculation and am getting a power consumption of around 500w, if your PSU is 4 years old its output is unlikely to be the 550w it states.
     
  4. Bearaids

    Bearaids Thread Starter

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  5. Tanis

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    Even if your powersupply isn't, definately, the cause of these issues (which it could be) I would consider changing it anyway. At 4 years old its output will have dropped due to capacitor ageing etc. If it has been fairly heavily loaded it probably will have dropped more than normal.

    I would suggest looking at a good quality unit of 650w or higher, from a manufacturer like Corsair, PC Power and Cooling or similar. A good quality PSU is going to cost a bit more but it is definately worth it in the long run, at the end of the day every part of the PC relies on this one component :) So it is something worth spending a bit of cash on, unfortunately alot of people buy cheap (especially PC manufacturers etc :) )
     
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