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March 29, 2013 9:55:57 PM

My 3 month old computer has been crashing out of nowhere. For a moment, it just runs, then BAM. The whole system just shuts down on its own.

There's also a BSOD once in a while.

I think these might be the reasons why my system's crashing:

-PSU not powerful enough? I think this could be causing my system to shut down randomly when its being stressed. Maybe the cables are not properly attached to the mainboard.

-Cables connected to the hard drive could be loose, causing the BSOD?

This is my system's specs:

-Intel i5-3330
-8 GB RAM
-128 GB ADATA SSD + 500GB WD Caviar Blue
-AMD HD 7850
-MSI Z68 Motherboard

I'm using a 500W PSU from Xigmatek.

Any help is much appreciated. Thanks!

March 29, 2013 9:59:39 PM

your cpu might be overheating also or just a bad psu. not really sure abt xigmatek psus. What is the model of your psu?
March 29, 2013 10:02:45 PM

n3cw4rr10r said:
your cpu might be overheating also or just a bad psu. not really sure abt xigmatek psus. What is the model of your psu?


The model number is XCP-A500. The entire system runs constantly at about 46 degrees C.
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March 29, 2013 10:08:03 PM

Your problem is your psu. Its not powerful enough to run your 7850 gpu

Radeon HD 7850 - 21A and a 500W psu minimum

Your psu - 20A and 500w

You need a psu with a higher amp on a single rail.
March 29, 2013 11:01:31 PM

n3cw4rr10r said:
Your problem is your psu. Its not powerful enough to run your 7850 gpu

Radeon HD 7850 - 21A and a 500W psu minimum

Your psu - 20A and 500w

You need a psu with a higher amp on a single rail.


I see. Thanks for your help! Could you recommend a good PSU that can handle my system well?
March 29, 2013 11:02:39 PM

What is ur budget?
March 29, 2013 11:07:54 PM

n3cw4rr10r said:
What is ur budget?


About 120 bucks

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March 29, 2013 11:08:05 PM
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60 - $10 instant rebate - $20 MIR = $29.99. Should work out just fine for ur current needs.

or this

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0092ML0OC/?tag=pcpapi-20 - $60
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