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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Overheating and Restarting

    Well I found the wattage, it says on the side 185W and right next to it in red lettering, under Total Power is 350W

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    Default Re: Overheating and Restarting

    I have the newest Nvidia Drivers too, and the computer restarts randomly, but mostly in games, sometimes in the beginning, sometims in the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFirestorm10
    Well I found the wattage, it says on the side 185W and right next to it in red lettering, under Total Power is 350W
    From that, I would assume that your PSU is capable of 185 watts continuous, with the ability to handle 350 watts on surge (for very short periods of time)

    Do a google search for computer power supply wattage calculators and make sure that what you have in your computer is not overloading the PSU

    a start: http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/


    Not knowing your system specs, I would suggest that you get another PSU, and since they're not that expensive, get a good name brand unit with at least 400 watts, then you' shouldn't have to worry about it if and when you upgrade or add more components.
    AMD XP 2600+
    SOYO Dragon 400
    1 gig 3200 DDR
    Phillips CD/RW
    Pioneer DVD -/+ RW
    2-60 gig HD in RAID, 1 60 gig backup
    XP Pro

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    It tells me that my recommended powersupply needs to be 285.
    Hmm do you think this s why the computer is restarting? So what should I get if I do need a new one.

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    Ok here is the power supply that I have at the moment.

    http://www.directron.com/eg351pve.html
    http://www.maxpoint.com/products/pow...fc/details.htm
    http://www.maxpoint.com/products/pow...65fc/index.htm

    Which is basically the a weaker version of this fan.
    http://www.maxpoint.com/products/pow...lery/index.htm

    Now my computer specifications are as follow
    Intel 3.2 Prescott HTT
    80 HD
    2G of DDR RAM
    2 lighted fans
    Nvidia GeForce FX5700 256RAM
    MSI PT-880 Motherboard
    DvD-RW/CD-Rom

    When I went to the site I got a minimum power supply of 287.
    Can you guys confirm this and see if this is too low?
    Thanks again guys.

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    I'd go with a new PSU. I prefer Antec, they are a little pricey compared to some others out there, but don't go with anything less than 400 watts.

    I'd also do it as quickly as possible. I built a computer for a friend awhile back, using his old case and PSU, when the PSU took a hike, it took the Motherboard with it. Normally that's not the case, but it happened that time
    AMD XP 2600+
    SOYO Dragon 400
    1 gig 3200 DDR
    Phillips CD/RW
    Pioneer DVD -/+ RW
    2-60 gig HD in RAID, 1 60 gig backup
    XP Pro

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    Ignore the sites that try to give you recommendations through some sort of automated process. Most of them are totally inaccurate, and the rest are unreliably inaccurate, at best.

    A 350W PSU for that system is really pushing it, and I thinkg there's a decent chance that that's your problem. A 420W Thermaltake ought to do to the trick and will only cost about $40. I'd recommend Antec, but Thermaltak PSUs are almost as good and provide much higher wattage for much less money. They are worse in some ways, but I'd rather have a 420W Thermaltake over a 350W Antec, and they cost about the same).

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    Default Re: Overheating and Restarting

    Going to go buy a new PSU today, lets see if it changes anything at all. If worst comes to worst, I'll have to reformat the computer and reinstall everything

    Wish me luck

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    I swapped to an Antec truecontrol(allows you to fine tune the voltages) 550W and wish I had done it earlier.
    I do have allot off stuff, so a 550 would be way overkill. A good 400 would be fine and allow for future upgrades.

    Don't get the cheapy no names, some crap out well before their limits and cause problems like you are having.

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    So I bought a new PSU, still restarting on me. Its a 500W Antec powersupply. I just dont what the problem is anymore.

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