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February 28, 2014 10:31:27 PM

Currently running a powercolour radeon hd 6970 in my build. Whenever i play games, after a few minutes of playing the screen turns into a checkerboard or dots all over randomly or the whole pc will stutter then come back in a minute. Usually after it takes me back to my desktop and the game crashes it will say the display drivers have stop responding and have successfully recovered (or something similar in that manner) I'm between two things, the 6970 is a bust since i got it for free from a friend that couldn't even get the display working, or my power supply cant handle all the power because i know im pushing it a little too much, but even though im running these specs on a 600 watt psu, would that cause the drivers to fail? If it wasnt enough power wouldn't the computer not power up? Im new to pc builds and i could use some help.

Specs:
ASRock intel z77 extreme 4
ivy bridge intel i5 3570k
Powercolour Radeon HD 6970
EVGA 600b 600w psu
Kingston hyperblu x 1x8gb ram

If it is too little wattage, why does the gpu only crash during games, and would too little wattage make the drivers crash? or is something else causing the drivers to crash? (ex. the gpu is broken)
If the PSU is the issue and i know for a fact the gpu isnt an issue ill without a doubt upgrade to a 750w but please help, all answers are appreciated.
Thanks :) 

(Please don't make too much fun of me, like I said im a newbie to pc builds.)

*P.S. I have a radeon 6770 and 6670 and they run perfectly fine with no driver issues.

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February 28, 2014 10:56:18 PM

You likely have enough power. I have a 6950 and my older 600 watt Thermaltake ran it just fine( I use a 750 watt now, but switched only because I was building a HT computer too ). I would check the two 6 pin PS connectors first. Are you using the newest AMD driver. If you need to install the newest driver, make sure to use the programs list and completely uninstall the old AMD driver first, then install the newest version. Drivers are software only and are not effected in any way by the power supply or how many watts it has. Do you have a good cpu cooler? Are your CPU temps under 60 degrees when gaming? Do you have adequate case air flow, at least one intake and one outgoing? The GPU will use or draw significantly more power when playing games (3D) that when doing just about anything 2D. The 6970 will draw about 200ish watts and the CPU will draw more power too, so you will likely need 400 to 500 watts when playing games. Your PS brand seems to be in the good to excellent category in the EggXpert list, however, it or the GPU could have some type of defect that is causing your problem. I would try re-installing the newest driver first.
Download this driver and put it on your desktop. After uninstalling the old one, and a restart, install this one!
http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Window...
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February 28, 2014 11:17:32 PM

download occt and let it run the gpu stress test with error checking on. if your getting errors and the 6970 is at stock settings and is not overclocked, then its likely its dying.
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March 1, 2014 9:22:00 AM

avjguy2362 said:
You likely have enough power. I have a 6950 and my older 600 watt Thermaltake ran it just fine( I use a 750 watt now, but switched only because I was building a HT computer too ). I would check the two 6 pin PS connectors first. Are you using the newest AMD driver. If you need to install the newest driver, make sure to use the programs list and completely uninstall the old AMD driver first, then install the newest version. Drivers are software only and are not effected in any way by the power supply or how many watts it has. Do you have a good cpu cooler? Are your CPU temps under 60 degrees when gaming? Do you have adequate case air flow, at least one intake and one outgoing? The GPU will use or draw significantly more power when playing games (3D) that when doing just about anything 2D. The 6970 will draw about 200ish watts and the CPU will draw more power too, so you will likely need 400 to 500 watts when playing games. Your PS brand seems to be in the good to excellent category in the EggXpert list, however, it or the GPU could have some type of defect that is causing your problem. I would try re-installing the newest driver first.
Download this driver and put it on your desktop. After uninstalling the old one, and a restart, install this one!
http://support.amd.com/en-us/download/desktop?os=Window...


Alright, so I know for a fact the psu isnt the issue then because it runs my other GPUs fine no problem, the pins work fine in those so the pins on the psu are fine also. I completely wiped the drivers once and did a fresh install of all the files and all that stuff and still crashes. Really hoping the gpu isnt defective.
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March 1, 2014 9:24:23 AM

nikoli707 said:
download occt and let it run the gpu stress test with error checking on. if your getting errors and the 6970 is at stock settings and is not overclocked, then its likely its dying.


The GPU is at stock settings, no OC. I downloaded OCCT and when i ran it it gave me the same issue where after about 2 minutes the pc completely freezes and the display on my monitor is a white screen with black pinstripes. So it couldn't even tell me any errors before it crashes. Any other ideas?

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March 1, 2014 10:29:35 AM

sounds like the 6970 is dying then.
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March 1, 2014 10:45:02 AM

nikoli707 said:
sounds like the 6970 is dying then.


I figured that in the first place, thank you for your help!
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