- Radeon HD 4850
- 2x2GB DDR SDRAM
- Western Digital 320GB 7200 RPM
- Broadway Com Corp 650W Power Supply
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 3.1GHz Socket AM2
Here are the issues:
- When running games and videos, I used to get the infamous "*******.dll has crashed and recovered" or something similar, I forget the exact name, it's a common videocard error.
-> This was remedied by running the ATI catalyst and turning down the GPU clockspeed
-> I don't believe this is a heat issue, as even if I run the fan on 100% while the case is open, it still happens before the above fix
- Computer sometimes completely powers down randomly - sometimes while running Vista, other times while booting, other times will turn on, run for 2-3 seconds, and shut off repeatedly
-> Removing videocard does not remedy this problem
- Computer can run Crysis flawlessly, but has loads of tearing, freezing, and all kinds of issues when running sims 3
-> I don't get this
So there's two main culprits for me - the gfx card and the power supply. The videocard can not be the only issue, because the computer will still shut off randomly without the videocard does not fix the problem. I am unsure if the power supply can cause the first problem, causing the GPU to crash once it gets too high a clock speed.
Being poor at the moment, I can not afford another power supply to test.
Oh now it works... I had a message saying the thread was closed.
I just sent you this PM:
Quite possible. A PSU is a very complicated device and you should put at least as much care into selecting one as you would into a motherboard. If you look at the power supply section in my guide, linked in my sig or at the top of the new build forums, you'll find links to a great deal of PSU info.
There is no way to know for sure without swapping it out of course. That's why we never let people buy cheap PSUs. A bad PSU will mimic all sorts of problems.