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Computer shuts down then restarts when playing

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January 28, 2013 10:14:09 AM

Hi, I recently changed the graphics card. I had a 4870, and replaced it with a 7850. I had very frequent freezes with games, so I RMAd the card. The new one had the same problem. I obtained a refund for the graphics card and ordered a GTX 660 (which has similar power requirements). In the meantime, I plugged in my 4870 again and the system was very stable.

Now, with the GTX 660, the computer shuts down randomly when playing games, and then restarts after 5 seconds or so. The shut down doesn't happen immediately and usually after an hour.

Here are my specs:

CPU: Intel i5-2500
MB: Asus P8P67
RAM: 8 GB OCZ DDR3-1333 CL7 (running at CL9 as per SPD specs)
VGA: ZOTAC GTX 660
PSU: Nox Urano 500 W (replacement for a Enermax Liberty which died a couple of years ago)

None of the components is overclocked. I checked the temperatures, and the CPU doesn't get hotter than 70 °C, while the GPU is between 60 and 65 °C. I stress tested the CPU and the system is stable.

Are my problems caused by a faulty PSU? Faulty Motherboard? Which one is more likely? Why doesn't the problem occur with the 4870 (which has higher TDP)? Have I been extremely unlucky and three out of three graphics card I bought were defective?
a b ) Power supply
January 28, 2013 11:44:47 AM

Did you properly get rid of old drivers or just install the new ones?
January 28, 2013 12:05:48 PM

You are right I forgot to mention the drivers. I completely removed the AMD drivers before installing the gtx.
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a b ) Power supply
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January 28, 2013 1:44:21 PM

I would be monitering your voltages.
January 28, 2013 6:29:39 PM

Which software may I use to log the voltages to file?
a b ) Power supply
a b U Graphics card
January 28, 2013 7:21:47 PM

Is there a strange smell whenever the PC shuts down? If so, then it's most likely the PSU.
January 28, 2013 7:38:01 PM

I haven't noticed anything. I'll try and smell the PSU to make sure! :-)
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