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Power flux (dips) possibly affecting PC. Help! This is my last resort

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February 18, 2011 12:42:47 PM

I built my first custom PC a few months ago, and have had some problems ever since. Long story short, I get BSOD, core dumps and non-BSOD crashes - all mostly upon start-up, sometimes soon after complete boot. After exhausting all my knowledge and still coming short, I took it in to GeekSquad for help. They told me it passed all their hardware diagnostics and performance tests, but they did find (and fix) a few minor issues (printer driver compatibility, suspicisious files), but nothing they found explained to me why the crashes.

I took it home last night and the same symptoms occured the first time I started it. I called GeekSquad and spoke with the guy who worked on my PC. He said that he ran it for several days, ran stress tests, and manually tried to make it crash, but the system ran perfectly. After explaining my current state, he suggested my problem may not be the system, but inconsistent power from the wall. His suggestion is to get a UPS/battery back-up.

Now I come to the forum. Give the above, what do you think? Was he just trying to sell me another component or would a UPS potentially solve my problem?

Here is my build:
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W ATX12V 2.2 / ESP12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Cert
ASRock 880G EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
GIGABYTE GV-R687D5-1GD-B Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996781
WD Caviar Blue 320GB HDD

If a UPS is neeed, what would be adequate? I've read through the forum's sticky guide/FAQ on UPS and understand I need to be concerned with real power, rather than VA rating. Here are three I'm looking at. I'm told the 1000VA would be good, but could I live with something smaller?
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat13504&typ...*1218200061225*1218243760441&unProductString=1218140708806*1218081368684*1218081367518*1218132469060*1218132111451*1218081367657*1218231019880*1218131366127*1218141900154*1218163607437*1218156154618*1218184740298&catId=


Thanks in advance.
a c 273 ) Power supply
February 18, 2011 1:17:31 PM

Why don't you try another wall outlet first before spending money?
February 18, 2011 2:54:47 PM

I spoke with a tech from our electric provider and based on my description, he doubts the cause is voltage inconsistency (no other devices or lights are affected at the same time as the PC. No light flickering).

He suggested removing the "electric" variables - try another wall outlet on same circut (same room), try outlet on defferent circut (different room), try different outlet on same power strip, bypass power strip and plug directly into wall.

I'll try his suggestions tonight, as well as the above mentioned bluescreenreview_setup.exe. Thanks for the help so far.
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February 18, 2011 11:59:07 PM

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Please download this

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bluescreenview_setup.exe

Run it the filles in red post their names here



Installed and ran (cool app). The top half of the window has the many BSOD files and the bottom seems to have extra data specific to the selected BSOD file. I assume the "files in red" you mean are those in the bottom half that are highlighted in red.

The most recent dmp file has two:
ntkrnlpa.exe
rdbss.sys

The rest of the dmp files all have 1, which is one of the same above (but with different locations):
ntkrnlpa.exe

What do you think?
a b ) Power supply
February 19, 2011 12:15:14 AM

You obviously need a flux capacitor. (sorry I couldn’t’ resist it) :D 
a c 273 ) Power supply
February 19, 2011 1:40:17 AM

pottsy523 said:
I spoke with a tech from our electric provider and based on my description, he doubts the cause is voltage inconsistency (no other devices or lights are affected at the same time as the PC. No light flickering).

He suggested removing the "electric" variables - try another wall outlet on same circut (same room), try outlet on defferent circut (different room), try different outlet on same power strip, bypass power strip and plug directly into wall.

I'll try his suggestions tonight, as well as the above mentioned bluescreenreview_setup.exe. Thanks for the help so far.

That's what i said!
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