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

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May 27, 2008 4:06:07 AM

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
a b U Graphics card
May 27, 2008 4:14:28 AM

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?
May 27, 2008 4:36:36 AM

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.
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May 27, 2008 5:26:08 AM

make sure ur psu is a good one with enough amps on the 12 volt rails that ur graphic card requires.
May 27, 2008 5:26:51 AM

Exclamation Official XS Tiered PSU Manufacturer Brand Listing Phase IV Beta
WHICH ONES TO BUY ??

Tier E are PSUs (with corresponding wattage range) for people who wish for Power and Stability for the most powerful rigs today.
Tier 1 are the best-in-class PSUs representing the highest quality models in each PSU manufacturer`s model range.
Tier 2 offers almost as much power and stability as Tier 1 at comparable Wattage levels with better price/performance.
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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Will be posting here a list of PSU Companies and underneath them their Model names and what tier I believe they should belong to. Please let me know if you agree/disagree. NO PSU FROM THE OLD LIST WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE NEW LIST (Except for a few).

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
TAGAN
BGears
Kingwin Inc.
Thermaltake
Broadway Com Corp
Linkworld Electronics
TOPOWER
COMPUCASE CORP.
Logisys Computer
TUNIQ
Cooler Master
MSI
Winsis
CoolMax
Mushkin
XClio
Corsair Memory, Inc.
NZXT
XIGMATEK
Dynapower USA
OCZ Technology, Inc.
XION
EAGLE TECH
PC Power & Cooling
Zalman Tech Co., Ltd



Tier E Brands - For Those With Rigs That Can Never Have Enough Power

Tier 1 Brands - The Most Powerful And Stable Components On The Market

Tier 2 Brands - Top Quality components With Top Notch Stability - For Those With Price/Availability Issues With Tier 1

Tier 3 Brands - High Quality and Stability, Second Only To Tier 2 Brands

Tier 4 - Not Recommend If Tier 3 PSU Available In Same Price/Wattage Range

Tier 5 - Other than the units listed above for any of these brands, NOT RECOMMENDED


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*** OLD LIST ***


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

Tier 4 - Not Recommend With Tier 3 In same Price/Wattage Range
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.
May 27, 2008 5:31:04 AM

Also agree, post the make and model of the PSU, and your complete specs for that matter
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May 27, 2008 3:08:48 PM

My roomate has a 7900GS and it came stock with his Dell Dimension 9200 and has a 350W PSU. Something is amidst.
May 27, 2008 6:41:54 PM

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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