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Problem with a 6800 XT

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Jones, Jul 17, 2006.

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  1. Jones

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    Hey all,

    Just finished installing my new motherboard, RAM, processor, and video card. Fired it up no problem, everything seems to be functioning without error EXCEPT when gaming.

    Here's the components:
    Asus P4P800-X motherboard
    P4 2.4ghz Northwood B
    1gb PC3200 ddr ram
    420watt Kingwin PSU
    XFX 6800 XT 256mb AGP

    I have updated everything, and virusscans come out perfect. New XP SP2 build, all updates installed.

    When playing Star Wars: Battlefront 2 or Call of Duty 2, the game will freeze to a black screen after about 5-10 minutes of action, then the computer restarts. Doesn't happen when doing anything else.

    CPU temps never seem to go above 35 deg C, but the video card gets really hot. Idle reads about 63 degrees, and immediately after restart, it shows about 73 degrees C. The card max temp says it can way higher than that, but I'm wondering if it is overheating. Anyone have any experience with these cards and their typical operating temps?:confused:
     
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    Yep. That's the one.

    What exactly happens in the PSU to cause this? Does it overheat, or are there breakers that trip when the components draw too much power?
     
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    Not enough amps on the 12 volt rails to feed your card and other parts correctly I would guess.Same cheap psu in both cases.
     
  6. Skivvywaver

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    A good PSU will cost you more than the case with the PSU. I am with Pug. Get a power supply.
     
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    I wouldn't buy it.
     
  9. Jones

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    Any particular reason? Seems to get pretty good reviews.
     
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    I will probably be OK. I just am wary of a $25 power supply.

    The one I am running was $175 but I am pushing allot more hardware than you are.

    Like I said, I wouldn't buy it. :D
     
  11. Jones

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    I see your point, but I believe the reason they're selling it for $30.00 is it's discontinued and/or nobody wanted a blue and orange psu. The suggested retail is over $150 (if that mean's anything). If it wasn't an Ultra, I'd avoid this like the plague.

    I'm going to give them a chance, since I can't find any other alternatives at a decent price that have the kind of reviews this one does. I've had some Ultra brand stuff in the past, and it's always been pretty good. Plus these x-connect PSU's seem to be pretty common, which is a good sign.
     
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    Would they really sell a $152.00 psu for $26.00 if it was worth a damn?
     
  13. Jones

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    Good question. I guess we'll find out pretty soon. ;)
     
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    The specs actually look pretty good on that one; 34 amp on the 12V rail. I would tend to think it is discontinued because it is only a 20 pin unit.

    Do make sure you have a 20 pin board and not a 24 pin board.
     
  15. Jones

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    No problem there. It's a socket 478 board, so it's definitely a 20pin connector.
     
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