IS my 500w powersupply making my graphics restart my computer?

Ok anyways heres the thing i bought a AGP8x card that looks like one large heatsink no fan its a Sparkle Gforce 7600 gs anyways My computer restarts itself every time i run a high graphics game. I was at first thinking it was getting too hot however It doesnt make sense that the graphics card designed by engineers would over heat. Ok so i have a problem that problem is that it restarts itslf. Ok i emailed Sparkle and they responded that it might be your PSU or power supply. So Should i dish out the money buying a 1010 w power supply. Maybe its just that i am over my 500w supply limit. I dont know but it sounds like i need to buy something.... Anyways do you guys know if its my powersupply or what.. I cautious buying a new powersupply because I really do not know if i need it.... LOl help me out guys ! I just want to be sure what to do thanks for reading. My Powersupply is a powersupply that came with my chasis I got it from Crazy PC.com it does not have anything written on it its totally generic.
I got it in 2003 i believe
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  1. What's the PSU make and model? Look on the label and see the max 12v output.

    Honestly, a 7600GS hardly consumes any power. What card did you have before it?
  2. Um I agree with pauldh.
    You probably have a POS PSU, 500W is more than enough to power a 7600GS.
    A 1000W PSU would be MAJOR overkill.
    Either your PSU is junk, or something else is causing the problem other than gfx or PSU. Could be that your CPU is overheating, especially if you have something a little older like a P4.
  3. make sure ur psu is a good one with enough amps on the 12 volt rails that ur graphic card requires.
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    Tier 3 is ONLY Recommended if Price difference is present between Tier 3 and Tier 2 or due to availability issues with Tier 1/2 PSUs.
    Tier 4 is recommended for stock or low power systems if Tier 3's are more expensive or are not available.
    Tier 5 are NOT RECOMMENDED, but some brands have high/medium quality components in Tiers 2 through 4.

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    Enermax
    Powertek
    ABS
    Enlight
    Powmax
    AcBel
    E-POWER
    Raidmax
    AeroCool
    ETASIS Electronics
    Rosewill
    Antec
    FOXCONN
    SeaSonic USA
    APEVIA (Aspire)
    FSP Group (Fortron Source)
    sigma product
    APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED)
    GIGABYTE
    Silverstone
    Athena Power
    HIPER
    Sparkle Power Inc.
    Athenatech Inc
    HIPRO
    Spec-Research
    ATOP Technology
    In Win
    STARTECH
    ATRIX
    JPAC COMPUTER
    Sunbeam
    BFG Technologies
    Just PC
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    BGears
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    Linkworld Electronics
    TOPOWER
    COMPUCASE CORP.
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    TUNIQ
    Cooler Master
    MSI
    Winsis
    CoolMax
    Mushkin
    XClio
    Corsair Memory, Inc.
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    XIGMATEK
    Dynapower USA
    OCZ Technology, Inc.
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    EAGLE TECH
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    Zalman Tech Co., Ltd


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    WHICH ONES TO BUY ??

    Tier 1 can handle 4Ghz Conroe or 3Ghz AMD along with Oced Quad Crossfire/SLI With Ease.
    Tier Z offers quality and power unequalled in its wattage range and is second only to other Zippy units.
    Tier 2 offers almost as much power and stability as Tier 1 at Comparable Wattage levels with lower price/better availability.
    Tier T offers the high quality components of Tier 2 with slightly less Rail stability due to Topower internals.
    Tier 3 is ONLY Recommended if Price difference is present between Tier 3 and Tier 2 or due to availability issues with Tier 1/2 PSUs.
    Tier 4 is recommended for stock or low power systems if Tier 3's are more expensive or are not available.
    Tier 5 are NOT RECOMMENDED, but some brands have high/medium quality components in Tiers 2 through 4.

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    Tier 1 Brands - The Most Powerful And Stable Components On The Market
    Enermax Galaxy
    PCP&C TurboCool
    PCP&C Silencer >610
    Zippy/Emacs SSL
    Zippy/Emacs GSM
    Zippy/Emacs PSL
    Silverstone ZF (Etasis 85/75/56)
    Seventeam ST >600 (SSI, V2.91)
    Silverstone OP/DA >700W

    Tier Z - Less Powerful Than Tier 1 Zippy Units...but they're still Zippys
    Zippy/Emacs HG2
    Zippy/Emacs HP2

    Tier 2 Brands - Top Quality components With Top Notch Stability - For Those With Price/Availability Issues With Tier 1
    Antec Neo HE
    Akasa PowerGreen 80+
    CoolMax CTG-750W/850W/1KW
    Cooltek CT
    Corsair HX
    Enermax Liberty
    Enermax Infiniti
    Enhance ENP-GH
    Fortron (FSP) GLN
    Hiper Type-M >650W
    Hiper Type-R >650W
    iStarUSA PD2
    iStarUSA PD3
    OCZ GameXStream
    OCZ EvoStream
    PCP&C Silencer <610
    Seasonic S12
    Seasonic M12
    Seasonic Energy Plus
    SevenTeam ST <600
    Silverstone EF
    Silverstone OP/DA <700W
    Supermicro/AbleCom
    Thermaltake Toughpower >600W
    Xclio GreatPower
    Zalman ZM
    Ultra X3
    Ultra X-Pro

    Tier T - High Quality PSUs Made With Topower Internals - Less Rail Stability Compared To Tier 2 But Still Better than Tier 3
    Mushkin Enhanced
    Tagan U95
    Tagan U25
    Tagan U15
    Tagan U22
    OCZ PowerStream

    Tier 3 Brands - High Quality and Stability, Second Only To Tier 2 Brands
    Acbel Polycom
    AMS Mercury
    Akasa PaxPower
    Akasa PowerPlus (>500W Models)
    Antec Phantom
    Antec TruePower III
    Antec True Power II
    Antec True Control II
    Antec Neopower 480W (Old Model)
    Antec Smart Power 2.0
    Athena Power Space Shuttle Series
    Be Quiet Dark Power Pro
    Channel Well
    Enermax Maximum Plus
    Enermax Noistaker II
    Enermax Noisetaker
    Enermax Whisper II
    Enermax CoolerGiant
    Enhance ENS-G
    Epower Xscale
    Fortron (FSP) GLC
    Fortron (FSP) THN
    Fortron AX
    Fortron HLN
    Fortron PFN/PN/PA
    Seasonic Super Versatile
    Silverstone F
    Sparkle FSP
    Spire Rocketeer V/VI
    Sunbeam Nuuo
    Thermaltake Purepower
    Thermaltake Toughpower <600W

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    Aerocool
    Asus Atlas
    BFG
    Coolermaster Real Power
    Coolermaster iGreen
    Delta
    Enlight
    E-Power
    Futurepower
    Hiper
    HIPRO
    Lite-On
    Masscool
    MGE XG
    Mushkin HP
    NorthQ 4775-500S/BU
    OCZ Modstream
    Scythe Kamariki
    Sintek
    Thermaltake TR2
    TTGI/Superflower
    Ultra Xfinity/X2

    Tier 5 - Other than the units listed above for any of these brands, NOT RECOMMENDED
    A-TOP Technology
    APEX (SUPERCASE/ALLIED)
    Aspire(Turbo Case)
    ATADC
    Athena Power
    ATRIX
    Broadway Com Corp
    Cooler Master
    Coolmax
    Deer
    Diablotek
    Dynapower USA
    EagleTech
    FOXCONN
    I-Star Computer Co. Ltd
    In Win
    JPAC COMPUTER
    Just PC
    Kingwin Inc.
    Linkworld Electronics
    Logisys Computer
    MGE
    MSI
    NMEDIAPC
    Norwood Micro/ CompUSA
    NorthQ
    NZXT
    Powmax
    Q-Tec
    Raidmax
    Rosewill
    SFC
    Shuttle
    Skyhawk
    Spire Coolers
    Star Micro
    STARTECH
    TOPOWER TOP
    Ultra X-Connect
    Wintech
    XClio
    XION
    YoungYear
    Zebronics

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    Phase III compensates for overcrowded Tier 1, while clumping together previously Tier 2 and 3 PSUs if only because no definite way to categorize then as good enough for Tier 2 or bad enough for Tier 3.
  5. Also agree, post the make and model of the PSU, and your complete specs for that matter
  6. My roomate has a 7900GS and it came stock with his Dell Dimension 9200 and has a 350W PSU. Something is amidst.
  7. unless ur powersupply is at the end of its life it shouldnt be a factor is this issue. The 7600 isnt exactly a power hog..

    i run my X1950 pro card on 380 watts.
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