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July 30, 2014 5:53:04 PM

So my recently built system is crashing but only for certain games. I get nothing other than a black screen and keyboard powers down. This is leading me to believe my graphics card or PSU. Essentially what happens is that during loading screens everything goes completely black and I have to reset by switching off my power supply switch.

So far this is happening with Far Cry 3 during loading map or during cinematic scene. Also with Skyrim during fast travel. Crysis 1 will not boot at all without a black screen but PC does not completely shut off like other games.

Specs are

AMD 6300
GTX 660
2x2gb DDR3 1600 RAM
Gigabyte 990x UD5
Samsung EVO 120
Two WD 250 7200
OCZ PSU 600W

I will say my PSU is at least 4 years old.

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July 30, 2014 5:54:55 PM

What are the CPU and GPU temps under load?
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July 30, 2014 6:13:37 PM

See this might be the problem. But what program should I run to test these?
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July 30, 2014 6:15:29 PM

Coretemp for CPU and MSI afterburner for GPU.
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July 30, 2014 6:32:32 PM

I was just running furmark and the GP was running at 82C. I believe my 600w can run the GTX 660 correct?
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July 30, 2014 6:33:35 PM

600w is WAY more than enough for a gtx660. Quality is what is important. Not so much wattage.

82 is hot, but not TOO hot.

Run Prime95 and check CPU temps.
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July 30, 2014 6:41:05 PM

That is what I thought. My CPU is between 17c and 32c on Average. So could be my memory? Thank you for helping me btw. Just built my new PC and seems to run worse than my 6 year old one.
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July 30, 2014 6:42:58 PM

Could be SSD or HDD. Run Windows Diagnostic HDD tool.

Ram should be alright.

What OCZ PSu do you have?
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July 30, 2014 6:47:10 PM

Yea the ram is a Corsair DDR3 1600 2x2gb. Running Windows 32 Ultimate. SSD is my install. I just looked back at my newegg purchase for my PS and I guess I got it in 07. Wow. I wonder if it can still keep up.

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Active PFC Power Supply
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July 30, 2014 6:48:33 PM

IF that PSU is made before MAY 2007, I'm assuming it is, it is trash. That is before OCZ changed OEM's. Replace that PSU ASAP with a 550w XFX unit.
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July 30, 2014 6:51:03 PM

I actually bought it april 2007. Why do you say that? Possible that I have just had a good run with it?
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July 30, 2014 6:52:39 PM

OCZ made crap PSUs for a long time. In may 2007 they changed OEMs and quality drastically improved. Your PSU is trash more than likely. It is also WAY too old. Replace it with the XFX unit.
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July 30, 2014 6:54:17 PM

Sorry to bombard with questions but I thank you for the help. Why XFX?
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July 30, 2014 6:55:25 PM

XFX is the beat quality PSU for the money currently. They use Seasonic (Top of the game) as their OEM.
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July 30, 2014 6:59:51 PM

Ok Cool. Would you reccamend the TS550? Priced on my Prime is nearly 60. I am also running an ambx system and pc lighting so will 550 be enough? I was just looking and I can get a Corsair Modular 600 for 64 dollars. What do you think?
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July 30, 2014 7:01:33 PM

Yes 550w is more than enough for your system. The gtx660 is like a 100w card FULL load.

Don't buy a Corsair PSU.
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July 30, 2014 7:03:26 PM

Sounds good. Thank you for your help! I should have known better than to stretch my PSU out 8 years.
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July 30, 2014 7:04:22 PM

A poor quality PSU at that! You got pretty lucky with that one. Could be WAY worse than it is.
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July 30, 2014 7:07:01 PM

tiny voices said:
Yes 550w is more than enough for your system. The gtx660 is like a 100w card FULL load.

Don't buy a Corsair PSU.


Only there AX series is good since it's made by seasonic.
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July 30, 2014 7:07:40 PM

That is not true. The AX series is made by Flextronics. the TX and HX series are Seasonic.
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July 30, 2014 7:09:51 PM

tiny voices said:
That is not true. The AX series is made by Flextronics. the TX and HX series are Seasonic.


Seasonic, flextronics, and channel well are all in the AX, TX, HX.
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