HELP PLEASE! PC RESTARTS RANDOMLY while playing HIGH intense GAMES!

I've realised for the past few days when playing intensive games such as Arma 3, GTA 5 or Battlefield Hardline, it would randomly restart the system during the gameplay and at the bottom of the screen it would say "A2" THEN LOAD UP.. I have a GTX 970 MSi and MSI gaming 5 motherboard. I have 4x2 sticks of 1666 Mhz of corsair vengeance. I'm guessing might be ram but not sure. Could it be MOBO battery? Had this for less than a year so don't know why it could be the battery...
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  1. A2 means the motherboard is having issues detecting the drive. May be nothing - or could be a problem with your hdd(or SDD) or MB.
  2. I have a MSI board(z87 Xpower). the A2 that flashes during the boot process is part of the boot process. After it clears you get your chance to open the bios right?
    Why is your system restarting? Well, do you have your system overclocked? What do you have for a PSU(Is it marginal for the power requirements of your components)? You're not getting BSODs are you(I doubt you are)?
  3. dudmont said:
    I have a MSI board(z87 Xpower). the A2 that flashes during the boot process is part of the boot process. After it clears you get your chance to open the bios right?
    Why is your system restarting? Well, do you have your system overclocked? What do you have for a PSU(Is it marginal for the power requirements of your components)? You're not getting BSODs are you(I doubt you are)?


    No I'm not getting BSOD, I'm getting black screen. Once black screen it finds signal. Goes from HDMI to my cable which is display port. Nothing is overclocked and most components are stable. My PSU is antec 960w. It is more than enough for my components. I don't know why its restarting. It just randomly does when I'm playing intensive games. Yes Bios comes up after A2 and I know thats normal. Thanks, P
  4. How old is the PSU? I did a quick search for a 960w antec(I've used antec and they are quality units) and couldn't find one being sold on Newegg.
  5. dudmont said:
    How old is the PSU? I did a quick search for a 960w antec(I've used antec and they are quality units) and couldn't find one being sold on Newegg.


    Well pretty much bought the pc of someone else but I Built it. Obviously there is an issue with PSU because I've seen dried gum in the PSU and must be over 2 years old at least... I was pretty disappointed too because I also myself dropped a long screw in there. Seems like it might be the PSU. I was also thinking of getting a new one but its not really necessary unless this is a problem with the PSU... And yes it is defo old by the looks. I was pretty suspicious of it since delivery.
  6. https://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss660xp2 I got this PSU on sale from Newegg for 80 bucks(looking at the price chart, it was on sale for 70 once upon a time). It's a top tier unit, fully modular, I think it would have enough juice to SLI your setup. It's not presently on sale, but it has been several times in the last year.
    Use this chart, find something good you afford, it won't shut down your system when you have major power spikes. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html
  7. dudmont said:
    https://pcpartpicker.com/part/seasonic-power-supply-ss660xp2 I got this PSU on sale from Newegg for 80 bucks(looking at the price chart, it was on sale for 70 once upon a time). It's a top tier unit, fully modular, I think it would have enough juice to SLI your setup. It's not presently on sale, but it has been several times in the last year.
    Use this chart, find something good you afford, it won't shut down your system when you have major power spikes. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html


    I'm not really sure if I want a new PSU because there might be other solutions lol. The PSU works fine in terms of condition and how it doesn't make much noise.
  8. I'll tell you why I went to the PSU and asked the questions I asked. You said it only happens when you play high intense games. Which means your PSU is being pushed alot more than at idle or low load. If you had BSODs I would have gone a different route, but without those, I'm sure it's a power issue. I know they're expensive, but I'm as certain as I can be, without pulling your PSU and putting in one that I know is good. Do you have another PSU around that you know works well?
  9. dudmont said:
    I'll tell you why I went to the PSU and asked the questions I asked. You said it only happens when you play high intense games. Which means your PSU is being pushed alot more than at idle or low load. If you had BSODs I would have gone a different route, but without those, I'm sure it's a power issue. I know they're expensive, but I'm as certain as I can be, without pulling your PSU and putting in one that I know is good. Do you have another PSU around that you know works well?


    Ahh got ya. I'll survive with what I've got until it dies out completely. I'm completely with Corsair with my next one unless its insanely expensive otherwise I will go cheap. But for now, thanks.
  10. The biggest problem with a potential PSU problem is testing it out and isolating it. It's a pain to remove and replace.
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