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Nvidia 660ti color crashes

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January 11, 2013 1:37:11 AM

Specs:
Msi z77 g41
EVGA gtx 660ti
intel i5
300gb hard drive
8gb PNY ram
500W power supply
I recently got done building this gaming PC. I installed a fresh copy of windows, then resumed to install motherboard drivers and then graphics cards. I believe i did everything right. While gaming, such as BF3 and Planetside 2, sometimes my game will crash and flash certain colors; sometimes i get just black, sometimes red, and just recently a purple-ish/blue. Usually i need to restart, or sometimes the comp resets itself. Another thing to note is that while playing battlefield i usually can alt tab del to get out and end process on battlefield. I just dropped alot of $$ on this build and hate to see it crashing like this, what could be the problems? I also did get the latest drivers for my graphics, nothing changed.
a b Î Nvidia
January 11, 2013 2:55:48 PM

Did you install the latest Geforce driver downloaded from Nvidia's website? Can you give us the specific model of your power supply?
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a c 80 Î Nvidia
January 11, 2013 2:57:16 PM

I'd look at MSI Afterburner and monitor the temps. See if it is over heating.

It is also possible you received a defective part. It happens, a lot more often than you'd think.
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January 11, 2013 2:59:04 PM

all temps are fine, cpu is running average 37 C. Also i do have the latest drivers, 310.9 i believe.
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a c 80 Î Nvidia
January 11, 2013 3:01:14 PM

Thelimetree said:
all temps are fine, cpu is running average 37 C. Also i do have the latest drivers, 310.9 i believe.


Use the OSD option and look at the temps in game. You are not having troubles at idle clocks.
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a c 80 Î Nvidia
January 11, 2013 3:02:31 PM

And make sure to check the max temp, not average. The problems, if they are heat related, will happen at max temp.
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January 11, 2013 3:41:54 PM

OSD option? is that in MSI afterburner?
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a b Î Nvidia
January 11, 2013 3:43:28 PM

Thelimetree said:
OSD option? is that in MSI afterburner?


Yes, you can check what you want to monitor (temps, GPU usage, memory usage, fan speed)
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January 11, 2013 3:54:49 PM

what should i be lookinbg for? what is considered a high temp for my gpu/cpu?
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a b Î Nvidia
January 11, 2013 3:57:25 PM

for GPU, I consider anything around 78c to be 24/7 safe, although the card can run at higher temps. For cpu, you want to see max of 85c because CPU hardly reaches max temps except in torture test (ie. prime95)
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January 11, 2013 4:22:14 PM

Just checked it out, gpu temps wernt really going to high, highest i saw was 60-65c, gpu usage was moving around from 80-102%. While testing this time, the screen showed a new color upon crash....white.
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a b Î Nvidia
January 11, 2013 4:27:16 PM

Probably a faulty card, I suggest you try it in a different PC and if the same problem happens, RMA it.
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January 11, 2013 4:35:33 PM

damn, what a shame, i hope best buy lets me return :D 
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January 11, 2013 6:10:11 PM

could this have anything to do with my power supply by any chance? that is the oldest thing in my computer besides my ssd
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a c 80 Î Nvidia
January 12, 2013 12:44:10 AM

Thelimetree said:
could this have anything to do with my power supply by any chance? that is the oldest thing in my computer besides my ssd


Yes, an under powered PSU will not be able to run the card.
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January 14, 2013 10:14:25 PM

Wow, so I tested the card in friends pc, worked just fine, he also has the same exact card. So after testing I bought a new power supply 520W thinking that the psu is the problem. First minute I get on a game of bf3 and my comp restarts... It's not a faulty card, it's not faulty psu.. What's next?
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January 15, 2013 1:40:43 AM

can it have anything to do with a HDMI cable or something, it is brand new. Also my monitor is pretty old its a 32 inch magnavox. I use HDMI to get the HD cuz the VGA doesnt support higher resolutions.
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January 15, 2013 8:50:06 PM

Bump, any answers?!
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