pc crashing while gaming?!

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  1. stlthninja012

    stlthninja012 New Member

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    System:
    AMD Athlon 64 3400+
    Windows XP Pro with all updates and service packs
    ATI Radeon 9800 pro
    Asus mobo
    1GB DDR Ram
    Creative Audigy ZS
    All the drivers are current

    So, for the last few days when Im playing any of my games my pc crashes after about 15 mins of playing time.

    Im not sure what the problem is; whether it be my cpu, psu, my video card, or what. What would be a good app to find out what the reason for the crashes are.

    Also, I usually run the mounted backups of my games and I thought there was a problem with that but it does the same thing if I run with the cds.
     
  2. tukm

    tukm Member Guru

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    if you pc also shuts off/on then psu. if just your video/monitor shuts off then its either psu or the video card. but psu is most likely. test the card on another pc.
     
  3. stlthninja012

    stlthninja012 New Member

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    yea, I think it has to be the psu but its ran harder games in the past for long periods of time. Any way I could tell its the psu, watch should I look for.
     
  4. 240aintenuff

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    Is cpu overclocked? If so, have you tested with Prime 95 to make sure its stable? Also if it is OC'ed and unstable, then try upping your cpu voltage and or ram voltage. Hope this helps.
     

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    tukm Member Guru

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    newegg.com ---> power supply. look at the reviews if you have trouble.
     
  6. 240aintenuff

    240aintenuff Member Guru

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    I don't think its a PSU problem. He said crashes, not shuts down.
     
  7. stlthninja012

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    nope, not over-clocked at all. I've tried before and if I oc'ed any setting it would always crash for some reason; well now that I think about it was probably the psu causing that too.

    I live in FL and its pretty hot out now so I opened the side and put it more in the open, I have decent air-flow anyhow but my system does run pretty hot most of the time. So, I guess I should pick up a new psu and some kind of heat sync for my cpu.
     
  8. thetruth

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    it is probably the psu.
    p.s: psu wear out with time, especially if it's not a good brand.
     
  9. 240aintenuff

    240aintenuff Member Guru

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    What kind of PSU do you have(Manufacturer,watts)? What about your 9800, is that OC'ed?
     
  10. stlthninja012

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    athena power 450w, 6 months old maybe.
     

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    240aintenuff Member Guru

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    thetruth Active Member

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    lots of choice out there, u can also check out the antec, blue storm, zalman, vantec
     
  14. r0k0

    r0k0 Ancient Guru

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    lol i dont have cash and i still upgrade my computer :p

    the only thing i havent upgraded yet is..... my cpu and power suply :p
     
  15. stlthninja012

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    Little update, today I was playing and hoping not to crash, well this time instead of crashing and shutting off and back on, it just locked up.

    It started making a buzzing and wouldnt do anything so I just restarted.

    So, whats up? I guess its probably my video card? Guess Ill run some benchmarks and see if it crashes during those also.

    Edit: 3DMark05 ran fine, no problems.
     
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2006

  16. r0k0

    r0k0 Ancient Guru

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    do you still have your stock cooler on your 9800Pro.. well i wouldnt call it a cooler but still it helps a bit lol
     
  17. stlthninja012

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    no, and that was my second guess on what was wrong. It gets pretty hot, but like I said before, I've ran some of the same games for hours with no problems. I guess it did help a little when I opened my case.
     
  18. engr_alas27

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    get a new gpu cooler for your 9800pro..add an arcticsilver5 to it...and flashed it to 9800XT if it have an R360 core..
     
  19. r0k0

    r0k0 Ancient Guru

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    :( i got the 350 but still does the job and able to play BF2, CoD2, FEAR and more :p
     
  20. tweakboy

    tweakboy Banned

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    CPU or Video Card getting too hot. Get better air circulation in case.

    Make sure theres exhaust fan ,, and direct blow to vc and cpu fan, and also a good cpu fan. Thanks
     

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