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Is my PSU causing system instability?

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May 15, 2007 1:03:44 PM

I've been experiencing some system instability and have eliminated pretty much everything bar my PSU. It's a coloursit 400W unit and i'm running a prescott P4, Abit IG-80 mobo, Saphire Radeon X1650 pro, and two sticks of kingston value ram and a Maxtor 120gig sata hdd. No optical or floppy drives. no fans bar the CPU and GPU cooler. Modest power requirements I guess.

The hard drive sometimes clatters and cuts out but is always fine on a restart. I thought this was a temp problem initally but i get this error at both 30c under load with a fan and 60c under load with no fan so i'm not sure its a temp issue. I get seemingly random errors and slow performance before everything speeds up again. I'm clean of viruses/adaware and have cleaned the registry too.

Basically, Is this a power issue? I'm aware the brand of my psu is pretty poor but i really dont have the cash to blow on a new one if it's not faulty.

Any ideas? I'm stuck! :? :?
May 15, 2007 3:28:10 PM

Sounds like it could be the psu. There is plenty of alright power supplies at Newegg
This one should do alright with your system
May 15, 2007 3:34:26 PM

Could be the PSU. Could be the RAM. Have you run MemTest? Also, it could be an overheating chipset. Trying pointing a fan at it, then go through some tasks that would cause it to shutdown/restart. Also, check your event logs, that might give you a clue, and turn off automatic reboot so if you do get BSOD, you can see the error message.
May 15, 2007 5:34:36 PM

Cheers :) 

I'd not considered that. The chipset is only passivley cooled at the mo so I'll give it a go and let you all know.
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