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September 10, 2013 5:12:23 PM

I just finished building a computer for the first time, and now every so often it will just shut off. I'm not sure if it is a bad component, or if I just did something wrong.
Here are my specs:

MoBo: asus m5a97 le 2.0
CPU: AMD fx-6300 3.5Ghz black edition
GPU: MSI R7950-3GD5 Radeon HD 7950
RAM: G.Skill ripjaws X 8gb (2 x 4gb) 2133
PSU: CM extreme power plus rs600 600w power supply
HDD: Seagate barracuda 1tb 7200rpm

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September 10, 2013 5:20:17 PM

Sounds like the PSU, the Cooler Master Extremes are not good units.
Try one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 10, 2013 5:50:11 PM

Hi,
Unless it's automatically going into STANDBY or Hibernate it's probably a hardware issue (your PSU likely as mentioned).

You didn't say if it shut off while you were using it, or if there were ERRORS when you logged back on so I wasn't certain.

The above Seasonic seems okay, but the XFX isn't worth it at $110. For $100 you can get a really awesome Rosewill 750W from the same site.
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September 10, 2013 5:57:46 PM

Capstones aren't bad, but, the XFX unit is the same as the X-series, the current benchmark PSU. The power fluxuation is below 1% in many different tests, far better than any other unit on the market. And $20 for modular cables is worth it (if you cable manage, if not, then it's really not needed). I'm a big fan of the X-series I don't mean to be calling you out to be a punk or anything.
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September 10, 2013 7:01:21 PM

mace200200 said:
Capstones aren't bad, but, the XFX unit is the same as the X-series, the current benchmark PSU. The power fluxuation is below 1% in many different tests, far better than any other unit on the market. And $20 for modular cables is worth it (if you cable manage, if not, then it's really not needed). I'm a big fan of the X-series I don't mean to be calling you out to be a punk or anything.


No big deal and I didn't think about the modular thing. My main reason aside from the small price difference was the huge number of 5/5 scores for the Rosewill versus only 9 scores total at 4/5 average for the XFX. The XFX probably is a great PSU.

There's also a $90 version of the Rosewill I mentioned that is semi-modular (I think semi might be ideal):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 10, 2013 8:56:28 PM

Thanks a lot for the quick replies! I will just add that this happens when I'm using it, but only when I am doing something that involves *light* graphics (such as videos, or a game intro). When I turn it back on there is no error message; it just boots normally. There is also a red switch on the back of my current power supply that goes from 115 to 230... I'm not sure if that would happen to have something to do with it.
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September 11, 2013 6:42:04 AM

cdsauter said:
Thanks a lot for the quick replies! I will just add that this happens when I'm using it, but only when I am doing something that involves moving pictures. When I turn it back on there is no error message; it just boots normally. There is also a red switch on the back of my current power supply that goes from 115 to 230... I'm not sure if that would happen to have something to do with it.


I don't understand what you mean about "moving pictures". If you mean a basic copy of picture files then you have a definite problem which would likely happen in other scenarios.

*Can you please explain EXACTLY how it shuts off? Does it simply CRASH or does Windows tell you it is shutting down. I ask because if it crashed there should definitely be an error message. This is quite odd.

Also, the red switch on the back should be left at 115. The 230 setting is for VOLTAGE for places such as Europe that use a different alternating current. You might even wreck something if you change that (it's definitely really bad to plug a 115ac device into a 230ac socket); I was in England and my friend blew up his stereo.
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September 11, 2013 8:17:12 AM

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cdsauter said:
Thanks a lot for the quick replies! I will just add that this happens when I'm using it, but only when I am doing something that involves moving pictures. When I turn it back on there is no error message; it just boots normally. There is also a red switch on the back of my current power supply that goes from 115 to 230... I'm not sure if that would happen to have something to do with it.


I don't understand what you mean about "moving pictures". If you mean a basic copy of picture files then you have a definite problem which would likely happen in other scenarios.

*Can you please explain EXACTLY how it shuts off? Does it simply CRASH or does Windows tell you it is shutting down. I ask because if it crashed there should definitely be an error message. This is quite odd.

Also, the red switch on the back should be left at 115. The 230 setting is for VOLTAGE for places such as Europe that use a different alternating current. You might even wreck something if you change that (it's definitely really bad to plug a 115ac device into a 230ac socket); I was in England and my friend blew up his stereo.


It just crashes, no blue screen or error.
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September 11, 2013 10:28:27 AM

PSU's can be bad only at certain load levels. So if your having problems at low loads, then it could still be alright during high loads. Since windows isn't giving a message, that means that the power is suddenly being cut.
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September 13, 2013 3:42:03 PM

I ordered a rosewill HIVE-650, installed it, and now the computer won't even boot. Every couple minutes I can press the power button and the fans will spin for about half a second, then everything will go back off. It's weird because the LED on my keyboard goes on, and the little green LED on my motherboard stays on. Any suggestions?
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September 13, 2013 6:01:34 PM

Well the Hive units are better than the Cooler Master. Is the voltage switch on the back set right?

ok never mind about the switch they are automatic, try the RAM in each slot one at a time.
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September 13, 2013 10:15:48 PM

mace200200 said:
Well the Hive units are better than the Cooler Master. Is the voltage switch on the back set right?

ok never mind about the switch they are automatic, try the RAM in each slot one at a time.


Thanks, but didn't work :( . Any other ideas?
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September 14, 2013 6:38:05 PM

Next in line is we're looking at a bad a bad GPU, or a bad motherboard (mobo most likely), if you have another GPU to try throw it in there. Then try another PCI lane (PCI lanes can be bad themselves).

When you did have it working intermittently, did you go into BIOs and adjust your RAM to the right speeds? Anything 1600 MHz or faster will default to 1333 MHz, now most boards/RAM will be fine with the RAM detuned like this, others, maybe not so much. Also I forgot to mention that you should rest your CMOS, that'll reset the RAM timings to AUTO.
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