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Pc restarts itself while gaming

By adamhg6996
Apr 4, 2008
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  1. Hi this is my first post. lately my pc has been restarting itself while playing games. i recently installed a new video card. i think it could be low power supply. anyone have any ideas?
     
  2. Bodybag

    Bodybag TS Rookie

    Most likely your power supply. If you have any low-end cards lying around your house, trying using those to see if it causes a problem.

    What video card are you using and how many watts does your PSU supply?
     
  3. adamhg6996

    adamhg6996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I recently installed a 9600gt but before that i had a 7300 gt and there was no problems at all. My power supply is a 430w
     
  4. Bodybag

    Bodybag TS Rookie

    I bet it's a PSU problem. The 9600gt requires a 400watt PSU, but it requires 26amps of power across all of your (if you have more than 1) 12v rails. If you don't have that much amperage, your video card underload could cause your computer to not have enough power, resulting in it shutting down.
     
  5. adamhg6996

    adamhg6996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok thanks for the help. ill try and get a new PSU ASAP.
     
  6. Bodybag

    Bodybag TS Rookie

    I'd test a less powerful GPU if you have it lying around before you got out and buy a new power supply. Just a suggestion tho.
     
  7. adamhg6996

    adamhg6996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well when i had the 7300gt installed it never restarted.
     
  8. adamhg6996

    adamhg6996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    By the way what would be a recommended wattage for a new PSU?
     
  9. Bodybag

    Bodybag TS Rookie

    There's some nice PSUs that you can get that aren't too expensive. Try to get a 550watt or higher, because I'm sure you'll want some room for expansion in the future.
     
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