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Do I need to upgrade my power supply or do I have another problem on my hands?

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March 13, 2013 10:56:49 PM

Hi,
I currently have a Thermaltake TR2 600w psu for the system I just recently built. The system runs fine under normal conditions such as browsing the web or watching videos, but the moment I try to play games and push my graphics card the system crashes and reboots. For example, I can play WoW for a while before the box reboots it self but if I try to play BlackLight Retribution it runs for a about a minute then the computer shuts down and reboots. When it reboots it comes back up to windows just fine. So I was wondering if I needed to upgrade the power supply or if I might have another problem on my hands?

System specs:
Intel I5 3570K
EVGA Geforce GTX 660
MSI Z77A-G45 1155 Motherboard
Crucial Ballistix 8gb Ram
Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler
Thermaltake TR2 600w PSU
Samsung 840 Series SSD
Seagate 1TB HD
LG DVD drive

Any help would be greatly appreciated. :) 

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March 13, 2013 11:30:16 PM

first, try gaming with a different, known-better-quality psu. it might help isolate the problem to psu, if it's the culprit. rebooting may be caused by other issues than psus. for example, poorly seated cooler, incompatible ram, loose cable connections etc.
thermaltake psus' qualities are iffy at best. especially for tr2 series psus.
did you recycle your psu from an older build or did you buy it new?
anywho, a seasonic s12ii 520w or xfx pro core edition 550w or pricier seasonic x650 (80+ gold) would be better than thermaltake tr 2 600w. if you're in the usa, you could also try rosewill capstone 450w (80+ gold), rosewill hive 650w etc.
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a b ) Power supply
March 13, 2013 11:39:58 PM

I'm an Antec fan myself, but anyhow.

Try and call in a favour with a friend and swap out your PSU with another one, just to be sure. Otherwise you may spend money on a new one only to discover that wasn't the problem.

How are you peak system temperatures, by the way?
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March 14, 2013 1:23:04 PM

I bought the TR2 new so I could try returning it for a better unit. I wish I had a local buddy that was into pc gaming but I'm the only one so calling in a favor would be a little hard. Currently at work but when I get home I'll try gaming and see what the temps get to. When running wow I normally see temps about 40-43c. Is there any way to check the ram other than trying another stick? Thanks for the help!
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a c 308 ) Power supply
March 14, 2013 2:15:34 PM

Scythesin said:
I bought the TR2 new so I could try returning it for a better unit. I wish I had a local buddy that was into pc gaming but I'm the only one so calling in a favor would be a little hard. Currently at work but when I get home I'll try gaming and see what the temps get to. When running wow I normally see temps about 40-43c. Is there any way to check the ram other than trying another stick? Thanks for the help!


Hi - I'm with the other's that no sure fire way of based on your symptoms
that it's the PSU. However, TT has some decent PSU's and a lot of not so
good PSU's. There's no trusted review on your unit, but the TR2 series doesn't
have a good reputation.

Also, if you do upgrade, you don't need anything more than a quality 500w
unit for your sys. No harm in more except to your wallet.

You should be able to check ram by running memtest.

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March 14, 2013 11:03:02 PM

Temps were showing 41c when it crashed as I was testing out the game again.

I actually found a review on microcenters website that shows another person having the same problem/symptoms as me with the TR2 600 and the GTX 660. So I'll return the psu this weekend and try another. Thx for the help so far and I'll let you guys know how it turns out to see if I need to take any more steps to figure out the true culprit.
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a b ) Power supply
March 14, 2013 11:53:40 PM

Cool, let us know.
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March 18, 2013 1:06:45 PM

Update:
The psu was the answer. Upgraded to a 750w just for growth purposes in a few months.
Got the PC Power & Cooling: Silencer Mk II 750 Watt ATX Power Supply. The pc has been running smooth and I haven't seen my temps rise above 46c. Thx for all your help!
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March 22, 2013 6:35:30 AM

Scythesin said:
Update:
The psu was the answer. Upgraded to a 750w just for growth purposes in a few months.
Got the PC Power & Cooling: Silencer Mk II 750 Watt ATX Power Supply. The pc has been running smooth and I haven't seen my temps rise above 46c. Thx for all your help!


Enjoy!
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