Alright guys, hopefully one of you can point me in the right direction to solve this problem
Today, I got my brand new Sapphire 6850 1gb in the mail
Previously, I was running an XFX 4850 1gb, but it was getting a bit too slow in graphics intense games
So I go to install this bad boy
I work on getting all the drivers installed, but the damn thing randomly causes the screen to go black and restart the computer, usually with about 10 seconds of looped sound (Whatever sound the computer was making at the time)
Now, my power supply is a piece of junk Dynex 400W that I got off of ebay for about 10 bucks new
This has been running my 4850 for 2 years now, with no issues ever
The 6850 1gb does not use that much more power than the 4850 (about 10 or so watts)
I'm almost certain that the graphics drivers for the 6850 were all correct and in order, as I was able to play New Vegas on max settings for about 5 minutes before my computer committed sudoku on me
I Have tried reducing the stock speeds in MSI afterburner, this did not help
I have monitored the temperatures at the time of crashing, and they did not go about 40C
So, before I go out and buy a bigger PSU, can you guys tell me if it's a power supply issue, or if this card might just be broken?
Yes, before someone tells me, I know that the Dynex sucks, but it was cheap, as am I
The 6850 uses about 10-15 watts more and I think your 4850 was already getting your PSU up to 100% load and it couldn't take the extra 10 watts so get a better PSU. Even a Corsair Cx430 would do and those are pretty cheap too(around 35$ after rebates).
It's very possible that the card is having problems as well. Why not test it with a friends PSU or borrow one from somewhere or have it tested at some computer shop where the people aren't dick heads for a simple test.
I got the new PSU from Kentek, works like a champ by the way, would recommend for builds on a budget
Unfortunately, the problem with the graphics card did persist
Turns out, the card was just screwed up completely, had nothing to do with the little dynex power supply
I went ahead and went through newegg to get my RMA, should be received the new card sometime next week
Yep, took the initiative to test the card in my backup rig, fresh drivers and everything, and the problem persisted exactly as it had before, leading me to believe some of these 6850s are experiencing the same set of problems...