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Danger Power Surges from fresh build? HELP!

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December 22, 2012 7:47:24 AM

Hello all, first thing it is about 2:44AM Arizona time and I've been up for almost 24 hours so I apologize for anything that doesn't make 100% sense.

I just did my first gaming computer build about 4 months ago and I was on a tight budget of about $1100. I ended up getting a $60 OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W and I got two random shut downs today while playing my fresh copy of Far Cry 3 for "power surges" detected upon reboot cause my motherboard has some sort of built in surge protection. I DO NOT want to fry this awesome computer I just built not even 5 months ago but I am worried with this PSU now. I don't care if its under warranty still if I have a chance of killing anything I want to buy a new PSU pronto. No strange smoke, pops or anything out of the ordinary either, PSU is dead silent, never really is loud or blows our excessive heat so not sure exactly what the deal is.

Link to my current PSU here:

My specs are:
i5 3570k @ 4.1ghz
Asus z77 v-lk
G.skill Ares 8gb 1600mhz
Kingston HyperX 120GB ssd
Kingston HyperX 90GB ssd
Basic CD/DVD burner
MSI GTX 560 non ti 1GB basic edition with twin fans (
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W PSU
Asus VS238H-P 23-Inch Full-HD LED Monitor
Logitech Classic G15 Keyboard
Logitech G9 Mouse
Sennheiser HD 555 sweet headphones

I have all of that inside a Cooler Master Haf XM loaded with 4 CM Megaflow 200mm Fans, one CM basic 140mm exhaust and one 120mm Cougar PWM 800-1500RPM which is my designated GPU fan attached on my HD tray blowing directly on the 560.
I also have a CM 212+ with two 120mm blademaster fans in push/pull.

I may slap a better GPU in there in a few months to a year if I feel the need to but this one seems to play Far Cry 3 much better than I expected so not 100% sure yet. Once again I am worried about this PSU taking out anything due to the surges so I am thinking of trashing that crap and buying a reliable PSU pretty much as soon as I get the answers/advice on here. I do not want a huge energy guzzling, heat blasting PSU either, I do care about my electric bill.

I was thinking of snatching this up:
but what do you guys think first? Should I go lower watts for my needs? I do not want to spend over $100 considering I just spent $1100 on this thing not even 5 months ago and having a possible issue already due to a weak part selection to fit the budget *slaps forehead* I also NEED the PSU to be modular I tried very hard with my cable management and could not imagine having to have that nasty bunch of wires killing my hard work and sweet airflow!

Fast replies would be greatly appreciated I'm kind of worried even using this thing atm heh.

a c 716 ) Power supply
December 22, 2012 12:22:51 PM

Well if you change the PSU then you will know for sure that it is the current one that is the culprit. If it goes on then chances are that the board is creating the issue.