Hi, this is my first post so i apologize if i do anything wrong. I just finished building my first computer. I have a OCZ 650w PSU Im slighty worried my PSU is not up to the job and i am just asking for your opinions. I have done these online test things but out of the 3 i did, they all came up with different results.
Sapphire 7870 2GB OC Edition (Stock)
AMD Phenom II 965 BE @ 3.9 GHZ
1 Optical drive
5 80mm fans inc Cpu
Im only asking because sometimes games crash and it says something about ATI software crashing and it has recovered. Sorry for being vague
I just reread your post and it's a new build? What RAM do you have? Bad RAM can cause all kinds of problems and RAM usually either works forever or is bad out of the box so it usually shows up as a problem early.
Download memtest. You will need to download the iso file and burn it to a CD. Then go in BIOS and make the CD drive number one in boot order so the computer boots off the burned CD. Then run memtest for about 8 hours for 4GB. Any errors at all mean you have a bad stick. You can then isolate the problem by running the program with each stick individually.
I found the issue, it was my CPU. I lowered the clock speed to 3.6Ghz after reading that if i run it over 3.7Ghz Issues occur on stock cooler. Its runs a heck of a lot cooler and i have had no issues what so ever. But my plan is to get a better cooler as i'm averaging 58+ Degrees under load.
Considering its was my first build and i'm only 15 it went surprisingly well!
Thanks again, its a great community on here. I appreciate all your help.
Never overclock with stock cooling. You can and will either outright destroy or majorly reduce the lifespan of your CPU. Especially with AMD chips that have to remain as cool as possible. I hope you did not damage your computer.
Anyway lesson learned. Drop back to stock untll you get aftermarket cooling.