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May 15, 2014 9:09:48 PM

I have built my first true gaming PC with a combination of 2nd hand & new parts & everything works fine until I play a high graphics game (eg. Battlefield 4, Far Cry 3, Starcraft II), after a while my PC would just black out & reboot.
At first I thought it was an overheating problem so I purchased a new case with extra fans & the problem seemed to be worse. I have run a remote system monitor & all the temperatures during games are a couple degrees below 60C when it shuts down so now I am beginning to suspect that it may be my PSU isn't sufficient enough for the job.
So is there anything I could do about it or should I just get a better PSU & if so what would be the best one recommended?

This is my current setup:

Motheboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4
Processor: Intel Core i5-3350P CPU @ 3.10GHz
Memory (RAM): 16.0 GB DDR3 (4 x 4 GB)
Graphics: GIGABYTE NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 OC 4GB GDDR5
PSU: CASECOM 600W ATX POWER SUPPLY 120MM FAN, 6 PIN VIDEO, DUAL 12V RAILS 28A & 22A
Hard Drives:-
Primary: Seagate Barracuda 1TB
7200RPM SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache
Others:
Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3Gbps 32MB Cache
Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB 5400RPM SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache
Case: Sharkoon T28 Blue LED Gaming Case Front USB 3.0 ATX Mid Tower PC Chassis

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May 15, 2014 9:27:50 PM

Im not 100% sure but I think you might need a new PSU because your graphics card power requirements are 600W. So it will use most of the power so i would recommend you get a 750w-800w psu.

What is your budget for a new psu?
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May 15, 2014 9:36:32 PM

AMD and Nvidia state more than enough. They are afraid that you buy a really really lousy PSU that does't supply 600 watts when it states 600 watt on the box. Your build works fine on a decent 500-600 watt PSU. I've never heard of your PSu before and I suspect that it might be the cause o the problem. Your PSU may not be of high quality and it might be giving you power failures.

The Seasonic M12ii 620 watts would be good
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May 15, 2014 10:07:40 PM

Scarekrow5732 said:
Im not 100% sure but I think you might need a new PSU because your graphics card power requirements are 600W. So it will use most of the power so i would recommend you get a 750w-800w psu.

What is your budget for a new psu?


Pretty low unfortunately, the graphics card & motherboard took a bit out of the funds & I bought the cheapest PSU at the last minute because I found out my old one was only 250W after I placed the order. If I need to I could hold off on the games until I can save enough for a new decent PSU, I figure that a month or 2 without games is better than frying the whole system & not having a working PC at all.
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May 15, 2014 10:12:51 PM

It's the PSU :

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/psus/118104/casecom-atx-...

The 500W model has the same problem you have. It shuts down on full load, and it only provides 50% of the power it stated before the voltage starts to fluctuate.
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May 15, 2014 10:43:08 PM

Thanks to everyone for the replies, I'll look into getting a decent 750w-800w PSU & hopefully I can get back into the PC gaming again without any more issues.
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