New GTX 285 on an OC'd system w/ 600Watt PSU

Just the other day I went to my local Frys Electronics store and picked up a nice new Nvidia GeForce 285 GTX. I upgraded from an old 8800 GTS 640MB. Man does this card go! However, in this last day and a half, I have attempted to run 3dMark06 about 3 times. Every time, I press the "start test" button or w/e it's called, and my screen goes black for a second, like it's about to start normally, and then my boot logo comes up. I find this odd because I can run Fallout 3 at ultra high settings, trying to max out the card and it runs smooth like butter. So what I am asking is, could the problem truly be my PSU? I ask because i was able to start it up with both my 285 and 8800 GTS in. only the 8800 gts would run in PCI-e 1x mode even though my board supports full 16x on both slots simultaneously. So should I look into a new PSU?
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  1. Hi

    Some may disagree but I am a strong believer in overkill when it comes to power, get it out of the way once and a perform your upgrades without having to worry. But before running to buy new PSU reseat your cards and remove the bridge for troubleshooting purposes. I had a bridge go bad (became too lose), all kind of weird things were happening before I figured it out.
  2. What kind of PSU? Brand/Make/Model.
  3. There are a few good brands worth taking a look at but stay away from the cheap ones or you'll be worse of than you are now. I am a big fan of Antec but I'll list some more for you, I'm sure the other guys will jump in here and help out:

    Consair
    Enermax
    SeaSonic
    Thermaltake
  4. fallout is a title that is extremely cpu bound. almost all mid to high end videocards pull in the same fps on fallout. so, your gtx 285, isnt being stressed by fallout. i would say you need a new psu.
  5. Hvae you tried to install and reinstall 3Dmark06?
  6. starams5 said:
    There are a few good brands worth taking a look at but stay away from the cheap ones or you'll be worse of than you are now. I am a big fan of Antec but I'll list some more for you, I'm sure the other guys will jump in here and help out:

    Corsair (Sorry but had to edit for spelling!)
    Enermax
    SeaSonic
    Thermaltake

    I like the Corsair PSU's and will not hesitate recommending that you slip one in and kiss your woes goodbye.
  7. No problem on the edit, for the longest I spelled Thermaltake wrong and wondered why I wasn't getting many Google hits when I punched it in. Thanks.
  8. Cheers mate. :) I'm just unashamedly biased towards Corsair as I have one in each of my rigs and they're lovely.
  9. I know exactly how you feel, I have a Antec TPQ 1000W in each of my rigs. One 2 1/2 years, the other a little over a year. I must admit everything I've heard about the Corsair PSU has been good, take care.
  10. starams5 said:
    There are a few good brands worth taking a look at but stay away from the cheap ones or you'll be worse of than you are now. I am a big fan of Antec but I'll list some more for you, I'm sure the other guys will jump in here and help out:

    Consair
    Enermax
    SeaSonic
    Thermaltake


    Lets try that again

    Best brands:
    -Corsair
    -Seasonic
    -PC Power and Cooling
    -Antec
    -Enermax (only the revolution and Galaxy S series)

    Decent:
    -Thermaltake (though note that their cheap ones are terrible)
    -Enermax (besides the ones listed above they are only decent)
    -Tagan (the BZ series is very good, but all their other power supplies are bad)
    -Silverstone (decent, not good and not bad)

    Avoid:
    -Rosewill
    -Sparkle (The reason is all in the name)
    -Raidmax
    -ABS
    -Xion
    -Apevia
    -Coolmax
    -Broadway Com Corp
    -Compucase
    -the list goes on and on, just stick with the above 2 categories.
  11. The_Blood_Raven said:
    Lets try that again

    Best brands:
    -Corsair
    -Seasonic
    -PC Power and Cooling
    -Antec
    -Enermax (only the revolution and Galaxy S series)

    Decent:
    -Thermaltake (though note that their cheap ones are terrible)
    -Enermax (besides the ones listed above they are only decent)
    -Tagan (the BZ series is very good, but all their other power supplies are bad)
    -Silverstone (decent, not good and not bad)

    Avoid:
    -Rosewill
    -Sparkle (The reason is all in the name)
    -Raidmax
    -ABS
    -Xion
    -Apevia
    -Coolmax
    -Broadway Com Corp
    -Compucase
    -the list goes on and on, just stick with the above 2 categories.

    Can I add Huntkey to the AVOID section, simply because I love this review:- http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/668/10
  12. Well, it's a Zalman ZM600-hp that i got about 2 or 3 years ago. The graphics cards were not in SLI mode, but rather i planned to use my onld 8800 as a physX card. Now i realize that that is a waste, so i'm just going to sell it. However, the box for the 285 GTX says at least a 500W PSU which i believe i have met. I probably should look at buying a new PSU, it just seems such a waste since, at the time, i though i was prepared for the future. :( I guess that since it booted once with both cards running that i was alright, but maybe something different is occurring here...
  13. Funny, you could probably find a carbon copy of this thread x1000 here at Tom's, and I'll recommend the same PSU's the next time.
  14. oh, and i nearly forgot, but each time i have installed the nvidia driver, windows says the program failed. I have reinstalled it and it did it again, so i'm wondering if that could contribute to my computer's shutting down...
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