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Skyrim blew up my computer!

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November 17, 2011 11:45:11 PM

Hi,

I was playing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and then all of a sudden my computer shut down. After 10 seconds I heard a loud noise and smelled smoke near my power supply.
Gigabyte 585W PSU
Intel Core 2 E8400 3.0GHz
Powercolor HD6950
Ram: 3GB DDR3

My question is how might this have happen as my powersupply is not even 5 months old, and whether my other components including my graphics card would be fried as well as a result?

Naynt

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 17, 2011 11:48:47 PM

I detect a Bottleneck in your system. A modern graphics card won't perform best when the CPU can't even calculate as fast as the GPU. Also Gigabyte isn't a good PSU company, they're good for manufacturing motherboards, but not PSUs. Go with Seasonic, Corsair, or Antec for PSU. My thoughts: PSU. Worst case scenario is that your PSU discharged a lot of electricity before it fried and destroyed both your CPU, GPU, and Motherboard.
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November 17, 2011 11:54:19 PM

ouch, whart can u do to pervent this from even happening in the 1st place?.. im building my first so i realy dono.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 17, 2011 11:54:38 PM

The Gigabyte Odin 585 W unit is actually peak rated, its continuous power rating is only 460 W, its two rails will give theoretically up to 34 A of current on the 12 V rails, likely only about 32 A which is only 384 W. Odds are you over stressed it and it blew itself up. The Odin doesn't have much info out about it and its capabilities, it likely isn't capable of being run at high load for extended lengths of time.


The only way to know if it took anything else out with it would be to get a new PSU then test the system, try to get a unit that isn't peak rated this time around.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
November 17, 2011 11:54:59 PM

Your e8400 would be fine running that graphics card


Sounds like your psu was a bit too cheap and failed the current test . Oops

send it back , but get a decent Corsair as a replacement
The 6950 should run on a good 500 watt unit , but 550 -650 would be better
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November 18, 2011 12:53:04 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Your e8400 would be fine running that graphics card


Sounds like your psu was a bit too cheap and failed the current test . Oops

send it back , but get a decent Corsair as a replacement
The 6950 should run on a good 500 watt unit , but 550 -650 would be better


It was a Gigabyte 585W ODIN - ATX 12V v2.2, 120mm Fan, RoHS, Sleeved Cabling and cost about $80. How much should I spend on one?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 18, 2011 6:58:08 AM

Yup, it's not the game that blew up your computer, it was the low grade PSU :p  I never knew there existed Gigabyte branded PSUs. Apparently there are and they suck :( 
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November 18, 2011 8:34:20 AM

FinneousPJ said:
Yup, it's not the game that blew up your computer, it was the low grade PSU :p  I never knew there existed Gigabyte branded PSUs. Apparently there are and they suck :( 


The game was just too epic for my computer to handle
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 18, 2011 9:09:53 AM

The best tutorial articles you will find on PSUs are at HardwareSecrets.com. They also do the best competent technical reviews (i.e. with load testing, waveform analysis, and dissection). Jonnyguru.com also has excellent reviews, as does HardOCP.com.
Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, Enermax/LEPA, and XFX are among the better brands. A quality modern PSU will have full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and some level of 80+ certification for efficiency.
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November 18, 2011 10:34:35 AM

I had two power supplies blow up on me in the past 3 years. One was a Powermax, and another a Gigabyte 450W.
It was an idling file server PC. I replaced my gaming PC with an FSP 750W and my file server with a corsair 650W Gold+.

Some of the less trusted PSU brands use less than reliable parts.

It is important to consider that your PSU often only provides less than 80% efficiency and with each 6 months of age a certain percentage of degradation is expected (depending on load). An 90%+ utilised power-supply will degrade very fast and often fails within 3 months. (my gaming pc lasted 2 months without a PSU upgade on a 550W Powermax psu)
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 18, 2011 10:58:25 AM

peak rating isn't bad by itself, however, it is bad when the companies hide the continuous power rating and try to make the unit look better than it is.

Anyways, if you google "who's who of PSU" it should give you a tom's article. Avoid any company that isn't OEM or a designer, but that doesn't mean all OEM and designers make good units. So Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, OCZ, and so on design (and may actually manufacture) their PSUs. Also, just because a PSU is from a good brand, doesn't mean the PSU is good. Corsair has put out a stinker before, and so have Antec and OCZ. Read reviews on sites that do thorough reviews, like jonnyguru, hardwaresecrets, and xbitlabs before committing to a specific unit.

Both of the units that outlander posted are good units. They aren't the best units available, but they are cheap and you won't run into your problem again since they have proper current limiting and will shut off if you try to draw too much power.
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November 18, 2011 11:02:57 AM

in agreeance with others sounds like you got a shotty power supply I hope it didnt take your motherboard and other components out with it.
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November 20, 2011 5:21:19 AM

I bought a new power supply, however the computer will not start. So I assume the motherboard is fried as well :-s
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November 20, 2011 8:03:34 AM

mmmm. that sure sounds like a mobo fry. hope for the best your GPU is still alive
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