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Display Driver stopped working. GPU Problem? or PSU Problem?

Hi everyone, I have been getting this error for a couple of days now, I have been using this PC for over a year with no problems until just recently, my PC crashed and a BSOD appeared, then when I turned it on, it showed a "Power Supply Surges detected during the previous power on.
ASUS Anti-Surge was triggered to protect system from unstable power supply unit!" Error.

I haven't done any overclocking, I am lost at what could be the problem, is it my video card or is it my PSU?

PC Specs:
Processor: Intel i3-2100
MoBo: ASUS p8z77-v LK
GPU: Sapphire HD 7870 2gb
RAM: Avexir Core 2x4gb ram
PSU: FSP Epsilon 80+ 600W

P.S.
I tried installing an older amd driver (version 13.4) and it seems to fix the problem a little. I can now browse youtube videos without the errors, but I still can't play games such as NBA2k14.

Somebody help me please. :(
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    That sounds like a power supply issue. If the motherboard detected an unstable voltage from the main P1 connector, then it shut itself down to protect the other components from the surge. I'd get that PSU out of that computer. Another issue it could've been is lightning caused a surge. Which one sounds more likely?
  2. pyr0_m4n said:
    That sounds like a power supply issue. If the motherboard detected an unstable voltage from the main P1 connector, then it shut itself down to protect the other components from the surge. I'd get that PSU out of that computer. Another issue it could've been is lightning caused a surge. Which one sounds more likely?


    I think it's the 1st scenario which is more likely. Is it really that dangerous? I am kinda short on budget right now, I really don't have the money to change my PSU at the moment, it would take me atleast another month or so. Is it safe to use my PC for another month?

    Anyway, here in our country (Philippines) we have been experiencing blackouts and power interruptions every single day for the past 3 months, could that have caused the problem?

    Also, the problems seem to get worst, just a while ago, I had troubles turning on my PC, everything turns on but the monitor wouldn't, it just showed a "No signal" prompt. I wonder if it's related to the PSU problem as well?
  3. Avenged Sevenfold said:
    pyr0_m4n said:
    That sounds like a power supply issue. If the motherboard detected an unstable voltage from the main P1 connector, then it shut itself down to protect the other components from the surge. I'd get that PSU out of that computer. Another issue it could've been is lightning caused a surge. Which one sounds more likely?


    I think it's the 1st scenario which is more likely. Is it really that dangerous? I am kinda short on budget right now, I really don't have the money to change my PSU at the moment, it would take me atleast another month or so. Is it safe to use my PC for another month?

    Anyway, here in our country (Philippines) we have been experiencing blackouts and power interruptions every single day for the past 3 months, could that have caused the problem?

    Also, the problems seem to get worst, just a while ago, I had troubles turning on my PC, everything turns on but the monitor wouldn't, it just showed a "No signal" prompt. I wonder if it's related to the PSU problem as well?


    Computers hate fluctuating voltages. Personally, I wouldn't even turn the computer on until I replaced it.
  4. Thanks for the answer man. I think i'll just play it safe and only turn on my PC on necessary occasions ONLY. Thanks again, anyway can you suggest a good PSU for me? My budget is only anything below 100$ though :P
  5. Avenged Sevenfold said:
    Thanks for the answer man. I think i'll just play it safe and only turn on my PC on necessary occasions ONLY. Thanks again, anyway can you suggest a good PSU for me? My budget is only anything below 100$ though :P


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068
    I like rosewill. A lot of people prefer EVGA or other high dollar PSU's because they are more "reliable" I've been running my rosewill PSU for two years now with not a single issue.
  6. pyr0_m4n said:
    Avenged Sevenfold said:
    Thanks for the answer man. I think i'll just play it safe and only turn on my PC on necessary occasions ONLY. Thanks again, anyway can you suggest a good PSU for me? My budget is only anything below 100$ though :P


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182068
    I like rosewill. A lot of people prefer EVGA or other high dollar PSU's because they are more "reliable" I've been running my rosewill PSU for two years now with not a single issue.


    Rosewill PSUs are hard to find here in our country unfortunately, can you suggest me another one that is from a 'mainstream' brand (as they are easier to find here at our local computer stores). Most of the PSU's they sell here are either Seasonic, Corsair, HEC, Aerocool, Zalman, and Thermaltake.
  7. Thanks man, I'll try to look for that. If i can't find it here, I think I'll go for a Seasonic M12II or S12II or a Corsair CX or CS. Are these good choices as well?


    EDIT:

    I have narrowed down my choices to either a Zalman ZM700-GT 700watts or a Corsair GS600 or a Seasoni M12II. Which of these three should I get?
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