Please help - PC building
i am relatively new to pc building.
after dealing with a non compatible wireless card earlier in my build (as it was a 32 bit not compatible with my Vista 64 Home Edition) this one now takes the cake, as i am about to pull my hair out.
i recently have experienced a random complete shutdown in only certain programs, i.e. world of warcraft and team fortress 2.
this is completely new as the computer ran fine for nearly a month before this occurrance.
my computer even RUNS these programs for a specified amount of time, roughly between 5 to 10 minutes, then completely shuts down.
while running, my internet connection and the graphics are tip top as the computer is new.
there is no blue screen, (although i have recieved two in the past week or so that said MEMORY_MANAGEMENT containing dump files.)
a complete shutdown of the computer all by itself, not like the kind you get when manually shutting down and the time it takes to go through the process, just a black screen as my computer instantly stops.
this is EXTREMELY frustrating and any sort of help would be greatly appreciated as i can't seem to peg down what would be the hardware or software problem, if there is one, because something is obviously not right.
my computer's specs are:
gigabyte ga ep45 ds3l intel motherboard
corsair 4gb 2 x 2g
500w pc power and cooling
sapphire radeon hd4870 512mb video card
western digital caviar re2 160g hard drive
lite on 20x dvdr dvd burner
netgear wireless-g pci adapter
after any help on this matter,
i may just name my first born child after you.
Is it only those two games?
It definitely sounds like a conflict of some sort. I would try posting on the game support forums with your hardware setup and a list of installed programs.
yes. i've been running the new internet explorer 8 for several hours now. i also am able to run all windows programs. (word, powerpoint, excel, etc.)
i've tested the hardware on the windows grading scale and it comes out to be a 5.7 out of 6. i'm really at a loss on this one, troubleshooting has been a real hassle as no one has seemed to have the same problem as i do (on forums etc.) i've spent several hours just looking through similar cases but nothing that has gotten me closer to solving the actual problem
what i've heard:
power supply (over current)
or a glitch in my motherboard or harddrive but im thinking its one of the first three.
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sorry i forgot to add. thanks for the help. i'll look on the game support forums as well.
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and yes it seems to be only those two games.
I just re-read your post and missed the BSOD details. I suggest you try reading the linked post.
Windows Vista Stop Errors Or Blue Screen Of Death
Your power supply is too weak to handle ur monster rig...go for a corsair VX450 or a tagan 600W or a corsair HX 620. You wont have probs any more...
Did you remember to put some thermal paste onto the top of your processor??? This is a common mistake and can cause the same problem as you described.
i prefer you to use microtek SMPS and i think the cabinet of yours is quite conjusted and small as compare to your specifications, change your Cabinet and try a big one...
14th April 2009, 08:14 #9
Yes As Knight Rider said, Dont use el cheapo PSU's. Thats the reason why your system is giving BSOD on high load. Better Buy a Corsair HX620W for around 6.9k or a Corsair VX450W for around 3k