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#1 Mar 03 2011 at 5:01 PM Rating: Good
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I'm no hardware expert, so I figure I should see what you guys think. Smiley: cool

The last few days, I've been getting hard shutdowns. I'll be playing FFXI when suddenly *BAM*, my PC just goes dead, followed by a hint of that unmistakable electric burning smell. The only thing left running is the PSU fan. It only happens when I'm running multiple instances of FFXI (I often dualbox or tribox), as that's the only game I really play on PC.

My hardware diagnostic skills are nil, but it seems to me that the signs are pointing towards a faulty PSU. I was informed that a power-down with the PSU fan still running is a decent indicator of a bad PSU. Since it only happens when I'm multi-boxing, I'm thinking that maybe it can't keep up with pushing that much juice through the PCI to the vidcard (if that makes any sense).

I've gone ahead and ordered a popular Corsair PSU from Newegg, but thought I would get some more input before installing. Thanks!

Edit: Words cannot express my man-lust for Newegg. I ordered the PSU 2 hours ago, and I've already gotten shipping confirmation.

Edited, Mar 3rd 2011 6:37pm by Chewzer
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Chew is being a lot more level-headed regarding the whole issue, which is strange because he's probably drunk.
#2 Mar 03 2011 at 8:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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What was the wattage on your old PSU, and the new one? A hard pop like that is probably power, but it could also be a faulty capacitor on the motherboard or something else important. Also what video card (s) are you running?

If you don't have one already, a dedicated UPS between your computer and the wall socket might not be a bad investment either. This could possibly be a circuit or surge protector issue. If you can find one of the cyberpower 1300 UPS's for under $70 or so, i'd reccommend picking one up. APC is better, but more spendy and I haven't had any issues with my cyberpower one on the secondary PC so far.
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#3 Mar 04 2011 at 8:00 AM Rating: Good
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
What was the wattage on your old PSU, and the new one? A hard pop like that is probably power, but it could also be a faulty capacitor on the motherboard or something else important. Also what video card (s) are you running?
The old PSU is 680W. I'm a bit ashamed to admit that it's a no-name, cheap POS that I was forced to get when I upgraded my vidcard about 2 years ago. I discovered that my old PSU didn't have any PCI connections and this was the only one that was in stock at the only computer store in town open at 9 PM. The new PSU I ordered is this Corsair 650W, which is about the most popular PSU on Newegg. My vidcard is a Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX+, which lists a minimum requirement of 450W.

I really hope that it's a PSU issue and not a motherboard capacitor. My motherboard fried about 6 months ago, at which point I upgraded to my current Phenom quad-core setup.

Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
If you don't have one already, a dedicated UPS between your computer and the wall socket might not be a bad investment either. This could possibly be a circuit or surge protector issue. If you can find one of the cyberpower 1300 UPS's for under $70 or so, i'd reccommend picking one up. APC is better, but more spendy and I haven't had any issues with my cyberpower one on the secondary PC so far.
I feel pretty confident in my surge protection. I have a fairly expensive Belkin which I purchased about 6 months ago when upgrading my motherboard and processor.
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Chew is being a lot more level-headed regarding the whole issue, which is strange because he's probably drunk.
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