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December 11, 2013 9:36:29 AM

Alright, ever since I switched my graphics card because the other was giving me problems with crashing my games. But this one doesn't crash my games anymore but now it's an even bigger problem. Now, it will at random times freeze my screen with the sound on (if in game it will loop) and then my computer becomes unresponsive (Meaning, I can't ctrl+alt+del or alt+f4, I have to reset it).

My specs:

GPU: Sapphire R9 270x Vapor-x
CPU: Intel i5 4570 3.20 Ghz
RAM: 8GB DDR3 1600Mhz
Mobo: MSI H87M G-43
PSU: HuntKey 500W 80+

Yeah, it's like running through a minefield while being blind folded. I'm really getting tired of this crap.
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December 11, 2013 9:58:13 AM

If you just switched graphics cards, did you make sure to completely wipe all drivers before installing? If not, give that a shot :-) Otherwise if everything is installed correctly, my next guess would be your power supply may be going bad. If you have another unit try switching out power supplies for a bit and see if that helps, you are right on the edge of recommended power specs, so if your PSU is not putting out consistent power, it can cause the crashes you are describing :-/ HuntKey power supplies are suspect, they rarely if ever reach their specified power ratings :-/
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December 11, 2013 10:10:47 AM

bdiddytampa said:
If you just switched graphics cards, did you make sure to completely wipe all drivers before installing? If not, give that a shot :-) Otherwise if everything is installed correctly, my next guess would be your power supply may be going bad. If you have another unit try switching out power supplies for a bit and see if that helps, you are right on the edge of recommended power specs, so if your PSU is not putting out consistent power, it can cause the crashes you are describing :-/ HuntKey power supplies are suspect, they rarely if ever reach their specified power ratings :-/


I've already done that, wiping the drivers and installing them back. Yeah, I do suspect it's my PSU. I'll check back once I explain it to the dealer, see if I can replace it. By the way, how can I check the REAL power outage of a PSU?

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December 11, 2013 12:32:25 PM

KawaiiAK47 said:
bdiddytampa said:
If you just switched graphics cards, did you make sure to completely wipe all drivers before installing? If not, give that a shot :-) Otherwise if everything is installed correctly, my next guess would be your power supply may be going bad. If you have another unit try switching out power supplies for a bit and see if that helps, you are right on the edge of recommended power specs, so if your PSU is not putting out consistent power, it can cause the crashes you are describing :-/ HuntKey power supplies are suspect, they rarely if ever reach their specified power ratings :-/


I've already done that, wiping the drivers and installing them back. Yeah, I do suspect it's my PSU. I'll check back once I explain it to the dealer, see if I can replace it. By the way, how can I check the REAL power outage of a PSU?



You can test a power supply yourself with a multimeter, and they also sell actual power supply testers around the net as well. The best thing though, it to just make sure you buy a PSU from a decent supplier like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Enermax, etc. That way there is no question and you probably get a better warranty too. It'll cost a little more, but you get what you pay for :-)
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December 12, 2013 2:43:16 AM

UPDATE: The problem is fixed, it wasn't my PSU, it's was actually a defective RAM stick. I got it replaced and it seems that there are no longer any problems...for now.
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