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Old 2015-10-21, 15:33   #1
EddieTheBear
 
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Hoy. I just installed Prime95 mainly because since I upgraded my graphics card to NVIDIA GTX 970, whenever I play a few specific games, at random my computer shuts down.

And, being the absolute ignorant noob that I am, I need your help.

Sincerely - A poor sod
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Old 2015-10-21, 16:43   #2
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Hoy. I just installed Prime95 mainly because since I upgraded my graphics card to NVIDIA GTX 970, whenever I play a few specific games, at random my computer shuts down.

And, being the absolute ignorant noob that I am, I need your help.

Sincerely - A poor sod
Give us some details: CPU, OS, cooling solutions.....

Shutdowns often suggest overheating. Check your CPU temps under load with something like CPUID HWMonitor.
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Old 2015-10-21, 16:48   #3
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Was this computer built by you or bought from a store?

In any case, the usual places to start would be to monitor temperatures and fans with a utility that you can find and install.
Check http://download.cnet.com/windows/diagnostic-software/ and http://download.cnet.com/s/temperature-monitor/ sections (don't download from random places on the web). Many use for starters, CPU-Z, Core Temp, HWMonitor, Speedfan (in no particular order).

If your temperatures are too high under load, seek to correct the problem. You can try someone knowledgeable to reseat the CPU cooler or upgrade it if it is the one that came with the CPU), or you can carefully learn to DIY.
If your temperatures are normal, then diagnose the memory with e.g. Memtest86 or Everest or similar.
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Old 2015-10-21, 16:52   #4
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What PSU do you have?
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Old 2015-10-21, 20:34   #5
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Hoy! Here's my specs.

My temperatures seems to be fine, but I will be back with further results when I play those specific games
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Old 2015-10-21, 20:41   #6
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Was this computer built by you or bought from a store?
Aye, It was. Since then I've switched graphics card, CPU cooler, a fan and some SSDs.
I'm assuming i might need a new motherboard + Processor.
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Old 2015-10-21, 22:07   #7
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Not necessarily. Start with reseating the cooler with fresh paste; buying a new one might be the best investment of 7-8 bucks ever.
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Old 2015-10-21, 22:14   #8
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What PSU do you have?


If your PSU (power supply unit) is not man enough for high performance gaming, your GPU could be drawing too much power in certain circumstances.

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Old 2015-10-21, 22:16   #9
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If your PSU (power supply unit) is not man enough for high performance gaming, your GPU could be drawing too much power in certain circumstances.
AXD 630 Watt Power supply. :o
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Old 2015-10-21, 22:29   #10
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Here are my suggestions:
  • run a memory testing program
  • run prime95 stress testing
  • try another beefier PSU
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Old 2015-10-21, 23:27   #11
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AXD 630 Watt Power supply. :o
I'd try a higher quality PSU first. That off-brand unit might only be good for 200 watts, despite its 630 watt claim. EVGA has some good cheap units out now, like this one.
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