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New self-built computer, worked fine, lost power once, now intense gaming creates GPU artefacts

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November 9, 2013 3:43:04 PM

Alright, so I finished building this PC friday. Here's the build : http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/1UoPJ

I was playing a very GPU intensive game after I was done installing all the drivers and Windows, the whole computer was running fairly cool (CPU wasn't going over 50c, GPU not over 80) I've ran Far cry 3 no problem for almost 2-3 hours non-stop.

Then, I lost power. Suddenly, now after intensive gaming or long session of mid-intense gaming, vertical lines of two different color swap all over the screen, and the GPU crashes completely, and I need to manually reset the computer. When it comes back on, everything is normal until I do another gaming session.

My GPU is a Gigabyte Radeon R9 280x
PSU is a Modular CX600M
Processor is an i5-4670k
8 GB RAM

What might be causing this? Is my GPU damaged?

Update: Putting my screen display to 60hz has reduced the likeliness of the GPU crashing.

Update 2: Underclocking the graphic card seems to be the best way to reduce the GPU crashes.

Update 3 :
Okay, I did a furmark test (It test videocards)

I underclocked my card to 75 %, and it survived a 1080 2 minute test.

When I did not underclock my card, it crashed, and my screen was showing this before the PC shut down : http://filesmelt.com/dl/IMG_20131111_2341531.jpg

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a b 4 Gaming
November 9, 2013 5:08:15 PM

Try reinstalling the drivers. If that doesn't work, try lowering the core and memory clocks of the GPU.

I would imagine that your power supply could be damaged, so I'm trying to rule out other possibilities. Do you have another PSU laying around?
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November 9, 2013 6:55:48 PM

Reduced the Monitor's refresh rate to 60Hz, hasn't bugged out since.

I have another PSU, but it's underpowered and will not supply this machine correctly.
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November 10, 2013 12:09:09 PM

I still have not found the root of the issue.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 10, 2013 12:48:16 PM

What cable were you connecting the GPU and monitor with?
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November 10, 2013 6:01:04 PM

it's a DVI cable
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a b 4 Gaming
November 11, 2013 2:17:17 PM

Is it dual link?
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November 11, 2013 8:52:01 PM

Okay, I did a furmark test (It test videocards)

I underclocked my card to 75 %, and it survived a 1080 2 minute test.

When I did not underclock my card, it crashed, and my screen was showing this before the PC shut down : http://filesmelt.com/dl/IMG_20131111_2341531.jpg
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a b 4 Gaming
November 12, 2013 10:04:06 AM

That usually points to a defective GPU, possibly a bad power supply, assuming temps were good.

What were the temps when this happened?
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November 12, 2013 6:48:30 PM

70 Degrees Celsius, maybe 80 at max.

I've already asked for a RMA exchange. I've put another (although inferior GPU) in my computer and there hasn't been any issue since.

You've been very helpful, so thank you.
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a b 4 Gaming
November 13, 2013 12:56:01 PM

No problem!
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