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May 24, 2013 9:13:19 PM

Hi, I Just got an EVGA Gtx 650 ti boost, and installed it into my system. It worked fine on idle, going on the internet, etc. but when I try to play a game such as Battlefield, Borderlands, Minecraft (with a bunch of hd mods) I hear a faint ticking noise, then my entire computer freezes. I'm no expert but I doubt it is the new GPU then again I don't know. I assume it is my power supply, because it is a coolmax piece of garbage 700w. But once again, I don't know. I don't have another power supply around to test if it is either the gpu or the psu. I'm currently on the system, using an old HD 6670, that requires no pci cable for power, and my games work fine. The 6670 runs at a steady 1.1V with no problems. The 650 ti boost varies in voltage the entire time it is running. is there any way for me to test what is at fault? So I don't have to drive 4 hours to buy a new psu for nothing. I have no fancy tools such as a multimeter or anything like that.

The new gpu seemed to have no problems when installed, I monitored it with precision X and everything seemed to be in working order. When I was in the games for the 2 minutes I could before it crashes the games seem to run flawlessly. I think it is because when I get into a game, the gpu needs more power, and the psu can't supply it with that. it only happened when I was in a game.
I wanted to run a benchmark program on the gpu but I didn't want to risk crashing it again. I know I should replace the coolmax anyways, but I need to know what is at fault.

I had tried the newest nVidia driver, as well as the previous one that wasn't in beta. both had the same problem.

FX-6300
Asus M5A97 LE R2.0
Coolmax 700w (CU 700B)

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May 24, 2013 9:23:19 PM

Put your GPU in your extra computer. Stress it. If its fine, great.
Take the ram in your new system and put it in your old system. Go into a game. If everything is great, great
That leaves 2 options. Your cpu, and your psu. If you can, hook up your old computers powersupply to your new computer if it has sufficient specs (enough wattage). If everything works fine and dandy, problem solved... Its that garbage PSU you bought ;)  haha
"Next time, buy SeaSonic"
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May 24, 2013 9:34:55 PM

caydn12 said:
Put your GPU in your extra computer. Stress it. If its fine, great.
Take the ram in your new system and put it in your old system. Go into a game. If everything is great, great
That leaves 2 options. Your cpu, and your psu. If you can, hook up your old computers powersupply to your new computer if it has sufficient specs (enough wattage). If everything works fine and dandy, problem solved... Its that garbage PSU you bought ;)  haha
"Next time, buy SeaSonic"
- Harvey Dent


I build this computer only a month and a half ago, I don't think it's the cpu. The only other computer I have is a really old HP with a lga775 motherboard, and the psu I'm sure doesn't have the wattage, or even the pci cable. would it be possible to put my 650 into that old computer, and use my current coolmax to power only the gpu on that system? the only time something fails is when it has high load, and with the coolmax powering only the psu I doubt it would be too stressful on it. Then I could go into a game and see how it does? it would be bottle necked pretty bad with an old dual core, but I could at least test it. and if it all checks out then I would know it is the psu? Or does it not work like that? Just an idea I had.

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May 24, 2013 9:43:00 PM

Nathaniel Anderson said:
caydn12 said:
Put your GPU in your extra computer. Stress it. If its fine, great.
Take the ram in your new system and put it in your old system. Go into a game. If everything is great, great
That leaves 2 options. Your cpu, and your psu. If you can, hook up your old computers powersupply to your new computer if it has sufficient specs (enough wattage). If everything works fine and dandy, problem solved... Its that garbage PSU you bought ;)  haha
"Next time, buy SeaSonic"
- Harvey Dent


I build this computer only a month and a half ago, I don't think it's the cpu. The only other computer I have is a really old HP with a lga775 motherboard, and the psu I'm sure doesn't have the wattage, or even the pci cable. would it be possible to put my 650 into that old computer, and use my current coolmax to power only the gpu on that system? the only time something fails is when it has high load, and with the coolmax powering only the psu I doubt it would be too stressful on it. Then I could go into a game and see how it does? it would be bottle necked pretty bad with an old dual core, but I could at least test it. and if it all checks out then I would know it is the psu? Or does it not work like that? Just an idea I had.



I wouldn't use that psu on either of your systems anymore.. That's just asking for your computer to blow up :p 
Can you order a psu instead of driving to get one?
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May 24, 2013 9:53:36 PM

caydn12 said:
Nathaniel Anderson said:
caydn12 said:
Put your GPU in your extra computer. Stress it. If its fine, great.
Take the ram in your new system and put it in your old system. Go into a game. If everything is great, great
That leaves 2 options. Your cpu, and your psu. If you can, hook up your old computers powersupply to your new computer if it has sufficient specs (enough wattage). If everything works fine and dandy, problem solved... Its that garbage PSU you bought ;)  haha
"Next time, buy SeaSonic"
- Harvey Dent


I build this computer only a month and a half ago, I don't think it's the cpu. The only other computer I have is a really old HP with a lga775 motherboard, and the psu I'm sure doesn't have the wattage, or even the pci cable. would it be possible to put my 650 into that old computer, and use my current coolmax to power only the gpu on that system? the only time something fails is when it has high load, and with the coolmax powering only the psu I doubt it would be too stressful on it. Then I could go into a game and see how it does? it would be bottle necked pretty bad with an old dual core, but I could at least test it. and if it all checks out then I would know it is the psu? Or does it not work like that? Just an idea I had.



I wouldn't use that psu on either of your systems anymore.. That's just asking for your computer to blow up :p 
Can you order a psu instead of driving to get one?


I could, but I would rather get it the same day rather then wait. I just want to know if it was the gpu, I could return it for another. I suppose I'll get a new psu then. I got the 700w just to be safe. how many watts would you recommend
for this? I don't want to spend much more than $70 This time I'll make sure it's 80+ certified.

fx-6300
atx motherboard
gtx 650 ti boost
8gb ram
2 90mm fans
1 hdd
6 usb devices


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May 24, 2013 9:56:50 PM

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I don't want to spend much more than $70 This time I'll make sure it's 80+ certified.

fx-6300
atx motherboard
gtx 650 ti boost
8gb ram
2 90mm fans
1 hdd
6 usb devices



Look for Corsair, Seasonic, Antec and XFX brands.
80+ is strongly preferred.
~600w should be about the right amount although you could no doubt go alittle lower.
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May 24, 2013 9:58:21 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This is a great PSU.. A bit overkill for your system, but leaves room to upgrade your GPU in the future to a more high end card.
Realisticly, you could run your computer probably on about 300 watts or less. But this leaves extra headroom!


Whether it is your PSU or GPU causing issues, either way you should replace your PSU. So replace it, if the problem persists, then RMA your GPU and get a new one. You will still have a great PSU and know that your components won't be fried by a big square computer killing brick. LOL
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