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Is my power supply too low?

By TheLogicalDan
Sep 25, 2011
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  1. Hello, my computer has been acting up recently and I wasn't sure if maybe it was because my power supply was to low. I am about to get a new graphics card, a Radeon HD 6850, do I need a new power supply as well?
    My Power Supply is 350w.
    If your wondering how my computer is acting up, this is how.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDNIugQjI0A&list=UUqR797Z6EaVIZ9plfeHJVdw&feature=plcp


    Other specs.
    -8 gigs of ram.
    - AMD Anthlon II X2 255 Precessor 3.11 GHz.
    -Windows 7 64-bit
    - NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT (upgrading to Radeon HD 6950)

    The reason for this upgrade is mainly for Battlefield 3. :)
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    You'll have to upgrade your power supply anyway.
    I'm not convinced that it is your current problem though.
  3. TheLogicalDan

    TheLogicalDan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Darn, I figured I would have to upgrade my power supply anyways, but I was hoping that was the problem. Thanks though.
  4. TheLogicalDan

    TheLogicalDan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    If the card is not defective, I would have to guess at a software problem.
    IMO try completely removing all your graphics card drivers, then install the latest stable release, if you haven't already tried that.
  6. TheLogicalDan

    TheLogicalDan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    I actually just found an update for my graphic cards driver. I will find out after using it for about a day to see if it worked. HOPEFULLY!
  7. TheLogicalDan

    TheLogicalDan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 22

    Yea it didn't work.
  8. Buckshot420

    Buckshot420 TS Enthusiast Posts: 467

    did you uninstall the old driver first?
  9. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Addict Posts: 889   +171

    If those are temps of a idle PC then it does look a little hot. But I don't think that is the cause of this problem. If your drivers are all up to date. You may want to look into running a fresh install of windows.
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

  11. ekonig

    ekonig TS Rookie

    May be a thermal (heat) issue

    Your problem may be heat related. I would try running the computer with the case cover removed. This will allow the system to run cooler. In fact you could also place a house fan near the system and have it blowing air on the entire pc. If the computer does not slow down or glitch it would appear that you have a thermal problem with the GPU or CPU. Also make sure that your CPU and GPU cooling fans a spinning. It really sounds like a problem with the GPU on your current video card.
     
  12. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    I don't think it sounds like a heat issue though.
    But if you haven't, go ahead and check your temperatures.


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