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Something is frying my video cards, please help!

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June 28, 2014 8:58:51 AM

So here's my situation. I built a gaming rig back in October it has a 600 watt PSU, an i-5 3570k, and an EVGA GTX 660 graphics card. A few days ago my computer started blacking out in the middle of games and there was nothing I could do but reset until it happened again. After a day of this, the computer just would not boot with the graphics card installed. I talked with EVGA and they sent me a replacement one, I installed it, and it worked...for one day. The next day it wouldn't boot up with the graphics card in. I tested the (second, one-day old) card in a friend's PC and then his suffered the same symptoms. It seems to me like something is killing my graphics cards. What's the most likely culprit?

Thanks in advance.

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June 28, 2014 8:59:55 AM

Could be your PSU. What is it?
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June 28, 2014 9:09:42 AM

Besides the PSU, like mentioned before, If you are OCing the card this can happen. If you have a riva tuner based program like MSI Afterburner, EVGA Precision, iTurbo ect. installed make sure you are not adding voltage to the card. This can and will fry a card if to much voltage is applied. This would be my first guess before a bad PSU just frying the GPU and nothing else. Usually when they die they either just die and don't work, Take mutliple parts with them or wont let the system run for long.
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June 28, 2014 9:21:56 AM

bgunner said:
Besides the PSU, like mentioned before, If you are OCing the card this can happen. If you have a riva tuner based program like MSI Afterburner, EVGA Precision, iTurbo ect. installed make sure you are not adding voltage to the card. This can and will fry a card if to much voltage is applied. This would be my first guess before a bad PSU just frying the GPU and nothing else. Usually when they die they either just die and don't work, Take mutliple parts with them or wont let the system run for long.


The PSU is a Corsair CX600M.
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June 28, 2014 9:22:52 AM

bgunner said:
Besides the PSU, like mentioned before, If you are OCing the card this can happen. If you have a riva tuner based program like MSI Afterburner, EVGA Precision, iTurbo ect. installed make sure you are not adding voltage to the card. This can and will fry a card if to much voltage is applied. This would be my first guess before a bad PSU just frying the GPU and nothing else. Usually when they die they either just die and don't work, Take mutliple parts with them or wont let the system run for long.


I don't have any software like that and I'm not OCing anything. Should I replace the PSU and maybe get a UPS? I just want this problem to go away. :D 
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June 28, 2014 9:24:20 AM

You could have bad luck and one failed, then the other did. That PSU seems fine.
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June 28, 2014 9:32:40 AM

Andrew Buck said:
You could have bad luck and one failed, then the other did. That PSU seems fine.


I'd rather be safe than sorry. :D  I know it's a possibility that the PSU is giving out and I know that I'd rather not fry another video card. Is there an intelligent way to test the PSU?
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June 28, 2014 9:33:48 AM

Jaybk26 said:
Andrew Buck said:
You could have bad luck and one failed, then the other did. That PSU seems fine.


I'd rather be safe than sorry. :D  I know it's a possibility that the PSU is giving out and I know that I'd rather not fry another video card. Is there an intelligent way to test the PSU?


Test voltages with a voltage meter and amperage as well.
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June 28, 2014 9:41:25 AM

Did the second fail in the same exact way? or did it just stop working all together the very first time? I agree with andrew that there is a chance you had some bad luck and got two bad cards but it is rare for it to happen. You may be in the rare category. since both are under warranty I suggest RMA them both to be sure.

Just a word of caution on the CX series PSU's from Corsair. They are built with low quality Caps and boards. Because of this the cost is cheap but the life span suffers greatly. I never recommend them because I have had to replace a few for customers that got them and they failed. Other Corsair PSU's are built with high quality parts and are great durable units but Corsair really pinched the penny's with the CX series to keep the price down and sell them because of their name.
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June 28, 2014 9:45:56 AM

the only way to test the amperage is with an amp meter that loads the PSU. This little piece of equipment is very expensive and most people do not have one laying around. Sme multi meters can measure small amounts of amperage but not enough to test a PSU like this. You can test the PSU's voltage by shorting out the green wire and black wire with a paper clip as long as the PSU is not in connected to anything.
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June 28, 2014 9:46:35 AM

bgunner said:
Did the second fail in the same exact way? or did it just stop working all together the very first time? I agree with andrew that there is a chance you had some bad luck and got two bad cards but it is rare for it to happen. You may be in the rare category. since both are under warranty I suggest RMA them both to be sure.

Just a word of caution on the CX series PSU's from Corsair. They are built with low quality Caps and boards. Because of this the cost is cheap but the life span suffers greatly. I never recommend them because I have had to replace a few for customers that got them and they failed. Other Corsair PSU's are built with high quality parts and are great durable units but Corsair really pinched the penny's with the CX series to keep the price down and sell them because of their name.


Not quite the same way. It worked the first day, but the next day the computer wouldn't turn on. I'll contact EVGA then, and consider a different PSU.
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June 28, 2014 9:47:57 AM

When you contact EVGA again and get another new one, make sure to have a new PSU (probably something like an XFX 550W to test it with.
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June 28, 2014 9:53:01 AM

XFX's PSU's are actually made by Seasonic which is arguably one of the best PSU builders right now. Just some FYI
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June 28, 2014 9:53:59 AM

That is exactly why I recommended it. XFX is very well built and I would trust them any day.
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