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Overclocking attempt failed but I never attempted any overclocking. machine keeps turning off

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April 24, 2013 11:45:28 AM

Hi guys.

I have a brand new machine (a week old today) It's been running beautifully. So today i went out for a while left the machine running and when i got back from the shop there was a big notice on my machine stating something like "overclocking attempt failed" followed my two options neither of which i can remember as I was a little panicked at the time. I selected one of them and it took me to the bios, As im not clued up on bios settings I chose to exit without saving. I have never attempted or even thought about overclocking this machine.

So I refreshed Windows 8 with the hopes that it would solve my problem but now the machine keeps shutting down without any warning whatsoever. I'm not a super advanced computer user so please bare with me. Could it be a setting in the bios perhaps? I really don't know what to do.

Here are my specs.

Intel core i7 3770 3.4
Mother board MSI B75MA-E33
Memory 1x 8GB corsair vengance DDR3
PSU Thermaltake 350 watt
Hdd 1000 GIG sata 3.5
Geforce Gt 620 DDR3
wireless network card

My thanks.
April 24, 2013 11:48:42 AM

set bios back to factory settings. or disconnect from power and remove cmos battery for a few mins.
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a b K Overclocking
April 24, 2013 11:50:43 AM

Probably caused by excessive noise on that crappy power supply. Replace it before it fries the system.
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April 24, 2013 11:56:37 AM

Thank you for the quick response.

@bignastyid What do you mean when you say it will fry the system?
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April 24, 2013 12:01:50 PM

cheap power supplies pop, and when they do, they like to take out random components with them. always use a decent power supply (antec, seasonic, corsair etc)
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a b K Overclocking
April 24, 2013 12:03:00 PM

Poorly made power supplies have alot of noise(power fluctuation) which cause over and under volting that can damage the other components in the system.
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April 24, 2013 12:23:39 PM

Is there anything i have to cautious about when resetting the bios?
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April 24, 2013 1:57:15 PM

Would you guys recommend xfx power supplies? I have read good things about them.
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a b K Overclocking
April 24, 2013 2:00:35 PM

XFX are great(they are made by Seasonic). I only buy Seasonic, Corsair and XFX power supplies.
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April 24, 2013 2:18:37 PM

So is a poor power supply a known cause for my problem?
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a b K Overclocking
April 24, 2013 2:21:05 PM

Yes, unstable voltages will cause all sorts of stability issues.
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April 24, 2013 2:29:05 PM

Thanks for your help bignastyid. This is so frustrating after just investing in a new machine and not being made of money. I did know that a good power supply is fundamental prior to buying the machine and when the guys at the computer shop told me they where putting in a thermaltake I didnt complain because i thought it's a reputable name and that i was getting a good product.
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April 24, 2013 2:33:50 PM

Thermaltakes does have few ok ones but they seem to be the larger more expensive units the cheaper ones like the TR2, purepower RU and NP series are all junk.
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April 24, 2013 2:35:46 PM

Cooler Master is another one to watch out for. They have a couple good ones but they also have alot of junk, and some of their junk isn't cheap.
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April 24, 2013 2:40:47 PM

At least it didn't nuke my hardware. I have found an XFX Core Edition - 550watt PSU for an acceptable price (Not sure what it costs in dollars) would you say that unit is suitable for my rig?
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a b K Overclocking
April 24, 2013 2:51:23 PM

More than enough for your system.
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