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Is my OS broken?

I have an HP Pavilion which has been working since July 6th last year, perfectly fine, up until recently, that is. In the past week or so, audio started breaking. Half the time I'm using the computer audio is..hard to describe. It kinda skips, in all media playback.

Next is my OS itself. Along with the sound problem my system has had multiple random crashes under the error: BlueScreen.

Is this my OS? Or just failing hardware?
No viruses, I have Security Essentials do a scan every Sunday.

Full Specs:
8GB RAM
i7-2600 3.4GHZ
Radeon HD7770 (Just installed today, awesome!)
1TB HDD
585w Orion Power Supply
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  1. Replace that power supply with a good one ASAP before it damages something.
  2. Pinhedd said:
    Replace that power supply with a good one ASAP before it damages something.


    Would agree with that although I do not think that is the real problem you are having now but that PSU is POS and when it goes it is going to take the rest of your system with it.
  3. bryonhowley said:
    Pinhedd said:
    Replace that power supply with a good one ASAP before it damages something.


    Would agree with that although I do not think that is the real problem you are having now but that PSU is POS and when it goes it is going to take the rest of your system with it.


    Due to their analog nature, sound cards are pretty susceptible to power supply fluctuations. The BSoDs are also pretty telling.
  4. So...power supply or sound card? Thanks for the responses everyone!
  5. Well, its has been happening AFTER we installed the PSU.
  6. Best answer
    shhkapuppy said:
    So...power supply or sound card? Thanks for the responses everyone!


    Power supply would be my first guess. It needs to be replaced anyway. I doubt that there's anything wrong with the sound card. The skipping is probably a symptom of a faulty PSU.
  7. Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    So...power supply or sound card? Thanks for the responses everyone!


    Power supply would be my first guess. It needs to be replaced anyway. I doubt that there's anything wrong with the sound card. The skipping is probably a symptom of a faulty PSU.


    Aw, this stinks. We just installed it a month ago. Is it really just because the brand? It's not 5 years old or anything.
  8. shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    So...power supply or sound card? Thanks for the responses everyone!


    Power supply would be my first guess. It needs to be replaced anyway. I doubt that there's anything wrong with the sound card. The skipping is probably a symptom of a faulty PSU.


    Aw, this stinks. We just installed it a month ago. Is it really just because the brand? It's not 5 years old or anything.


    Yup. Never spend less than $60 on a PSU.
  9. Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    So...power supply or sound card? Thanks for the responses everyone!


    Power supply would be my first guess. It needs to be replaced anyway. I doubt that there's anything wrong with the sound card. The skipping is probably a symptom of a faulty PSU.


    Aw, this stinks. We just installed it a month ago. Is it really just because the brand? It's not 5 years old or anything.


    Yup. Never spend less than $60 on a PSU.


    Would this be good for my 7770, along with the i7, and everything else: http://www.amazon.com/computers-accessories/dp/B0092ML0MY
  10. shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    So...power supply or sound card? Thanks for the responses everyone!


    Power supply would be my first guess. It needs to be replaced anyway. I doubt that there's anything wrong with the sound card. The skipping is probably a symptom of a faulty PSU.


    Aw, this stinks. We just installed it a month ago. Is it really just because the brand? It's not 5 years old or anything.


    Yup. Never spend less than $60 on a PSU.


    Would this be good for my 7770, along with the i7, and everything else: http://www.amazon.com/computers-accessories/dp/B0092ML0MY


    Yes, that would work great

    This is another one that I would recommend. It's a bit more expensive, but it's very nice

    http://www.amazon.com/SeaSonic-550-Watt-CrossFire-Certified-SSR-550RM/dp/B00918MEZG/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375891716&sr=1-2&keywords=Seasonic+450
  11. Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    So...power supply or sound card? Thanks for the responses everyone!


    Power supply would be my first guess. It needs to be replaced anyway. I doubt that there's anything wrong with the sound card. The skipping is probably a symptom of a faulty PSU.


    Aw, this stinks. We just installed it a month ago. Is it really just because the brand? It's not 5 years old or anything.


    Yup. Never spend less than $60 on a PSU.


    Would this be good for my 7770, along with the i7, and everything else: http://www.amazon.com/computers-accessories/dp/B0092ML0MY


    Yes, that would work great

    This is another one that I would recommend. It's a bit more expensive, but it's very nice

    http://www.amazon.com/SeaSonic-550-Watt-CrossFire-Certified-SSR-550RM/dp/B00918MEZG/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375891716&sr=1-2&keywords=Seasonic+450


    Ok, thanks for the help! I guess Orion really isn't too good judging by what people say. Well that, and their website is pretty crusty. http://orion-industries.com/ I mean who makes a 20w power supply?!
  12. Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    So...power supply or sound card? Thanks for the responses everyone!


    Power supply would be my first guess. It needs to be replaced anyway. I doubt that there's anything wrong with the sound card. The skipping is probably a symptom of a faulty PSU.


    Aw, this stinks. We just installed it a month ago. Is it really just because the brand? It's not 5 years old or anything.


    Yup. Never spend less than $60 on a PSU.


    Would this be good for my 7770, along with the i7, and everything else: http://www.amazon.com/computers-accessories/dp/B0092ML0MY


    Yes, that would work great

    This is another one that I would recommend. It's a bit more expensive, but it's very nice

    http://www.amazon.com/SeaSonic-550-Watt-CrossFire-Certified-SSR-550RM/dp/B00918MEZG/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375891716&sr=1-2&keywords=Seasonic+450


    Ok, thanks for the help! I guess Orion really isn't too good judging by what people say. Well that, and their website is pretty crusty. http://orion-industries.com/ I mean who makes a 20w power supply?!
  13. shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    Pinhedd said:
    shhkapuppy said:
    So...power supply or sound card? Thanks for the responses everyone!


    Power supply would be my first guess. It needs to be replaced anyway. I doubt that there's anything wrong with the sound card. The skipping is probably a symptom of a faulty PSU.


    Aw, this stinks. We just installed it a month ago. Is it really just because the brand? It's not 5 years old or anything.


    Yup. Never spend less than $60 on a PSU.


    Would this be good for my 7770, along with the i7, and everything else: http://www.amazon.com/computers-accessories/dp/B0092ML0MY


    Yes, that would work great

    This is another one that I would recommend. It's a bit more expensive, but it's very nice

    http://www.amazon.com/SeaSonic-550-Watt-CrossFire-Certified-SSR-550RM/dp/B00918MEZG/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375891716&sr=1-2&keywords=Seasonic+450


    Ok, thanks for the help! I guess Orion really isn't too good judging by what people say. Well that, and their website is pretty crusty. http://orion-industries.com/ I mean who makes a 20w power supply?!


    Yeah they're pretty crummy. 20 watt power supplies are used all the time for small electronics. Phone charges for example are in that range.
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