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Solved: display crashes loading certain demanding games psu problem?

Discussion in 'Games' started by f1nt1nt1n, Jan 29, 2013.

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  1. f1nt1nt1n

    f1nt1nt1n Thread Starter

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    hi my home built machine has been running like a dream with no problems at all until two weeks ago when I started up there was no display I swapped the video card from the xfx amd hd 6870 to a new asus amd hd 6950 aand updated the drivers with amd catylist software.
    all was ok for a week or so then I had been playing skyrim and installing mods I had problems installing F.O.S.E so I abandoned it and went to play the game the splash screens went as normal but as soon as my save started to load my screen went black the audio carried on for slightly longer before freezing, my machine was still powered up the keyboard and mouse were lighted up as were the led's on the motherboard chassis etc.I had to hold the power button and reboot all seemed ok and I tried running different programs and games to attempt to ascertain whether it was a one off crash or a hardware problem and I experienced the exact same crash under more or less the same circumstances. although less demanding games will run without problems.
    I have also noticed some small changes with my system for instance smaall graaphics glitches and a general sluggishness.
    I googled extensively and tried checking the hdds scanning for viruses even a clean install to no avail [email protected] stumped guys, I'm checking the event viewer but I'm a bit out of my depth I think so before I go replacing the psu. please enlighten me with your encyclopeadic knowledgebase thanks.p.s. I am the only user on this computer.
     
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    Hi and welcome to TSG.

    What is the exact make, model and wattage of your PSU, how old is it?

    Have you checked your temperatures? I use HWMonitor.
     
  3. f1nt1nt1n

    f1nt1nt1n Thread Starter

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    hi thanks for the prompt reply my P.S.U. is a Powercool 950watt modelPC 950AUBA-B not the best but recommended by my local pc specialist bought brand new 8 months ago.Thanks for the link my temps seem ok GPUmin 45F max54F .
    my C.P.U is cooled by a closed loop liquid cooled system.
     
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    Hi and thanks for the tip, I had a suspicion that my problem liwd with the psu it being cheap, so I decided to upgrade it to something from a manufacturer with more of a reputation for reliability. I settled on a corsair TX850, as it has plenty of room for upgrading,and I havn't had an issue since. I wish I could have got my hands on some psu diagnostic software if it exists and the whole process would have been a lot easier.
    one more thing my gpu temps are maxing out at 80 c is that dangerously high?
     
  5. Tanis

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    Glad you have sorted it out and apologies for not replying sooner.

    Corsair are a good make and that is a decent model, should keep you going for a while :)

    80C isn't dangerous for a GPU temp, slightly warmer than I would 70C+ underload isn't uncommon, the card should be OK to handle temps higher than that. Having said that, double check the HSF / Vents for the GPU are clean and clear to be sure.

    What GPU are you using?
     
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    f1nt1nt1n Thread Starter

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    I'm using a 1gb Asus hd 6950, I put in an extra exhaust fan and reconnected the 200mm fan in the side of my case; coolermaster cosmos s, I disconnected it when I was using a gtx 460 because it was really loud and temps were low enough but when I upgraded I forgot, so I'm pretty sure it was the psu but you never know I'm not knowledgeable enough. thanks again for your help
     
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