Skyrim blew up my computer!

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  1. Naynt

    Naynt New Member

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    Hi,

    I was playing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and then all of a sudden my computer shut down. After 10 seconds I heard a loud noise and smelled smoke near my power supply.
    Gigabyte 585W PSU
    Intel Core 2 E8400 3.0GHz
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    Ram: 3GB DDR3

    My question is how might this have happened, as my powersupply is not even 5 months old, and whether my other components including my graphics card would be fried as well as a result?

    Naynt
     
  2. killer_939

    killer_939 Ancient Guru

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    I would say it happened by because your power supply simply failed, probably no explanation. It had to one day just a shame it was sooner rather then later. The rest of your computer probably is fine but no one can say 100% till you get another psu in it and test. Make sure it is always on a surge protector.
     
  3. CyberPaddy

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    my pc sometime shuts down in skyrim too. i think it suckin too much power :S
     
  4. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Exactly what power supply do you have? I can't find a Gigabyte 585watt unit listed anywhere. All I can find is a GE-P585A-C2...which is a 460watt PSU.
     

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    could be uncapped fps in menu thats causing this

    i bet we see few similar threads in future
     
  6. Naynt

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    http://www.techbuy.com.au/p/103839/P...P46AC2-21R.asp
    Gigabyte 585W ODIN - ATX 12V v2.2, 120mm Fan, RoHS, Sleeved Cabling
     
  7. slick3

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    Well even the "Uncapped fps in the menu" would simply max out the GPU usage regardless of the FPS, which *should* be fine if you have a gaming computer. I would say that his PSU would've failed eventually, it was just a matter of time ...

    However, if the GPU usage was maxed out before the PC shut down ... there's a high chance that your video card is ****ed. Expect the worse, hope for the best.

    Cheers.
     
  8. sykozis

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    Yes, that's the GE-P585A-C2.....which is only a 460watt power supply according to it's manufacturer (It's actually manufactured by FSP for Gigabyte)
     
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    I blame both the PSU and the video card. The PSU is only 580w , you have a 6950 which should work fine with your current PSU. Was the fan spinning 100 percent while this happened. I think temps got really got like 100's c ,,,, They shouldnt go above 80'c ..... I think your GPU usage was a lot in skyrim and the fan might have not spun as fast as it should have... was the card OCed btw..
     
  10. killer_939

    killer_939 Ancient Guru

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    Gpu temp isn't going to fry a psu.
     

  11. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    Scroll down to the very last post on this page (page 2 of that thread)....made by Makalu (yes, the same one that posted the PSU FAQ on this forum): http://www.jonnyguru.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6715&page=2

    The PSU is rated for a maximum of 34A combined on the 12V rails....which given the last of proper labelling of outputs, I'd venture to guess that it's probably only capable of 24-28amps.....so, the OP was possibly overloading the unit.

    His PSU isn't even a 585watt unit....it's a 460watt unit, as per FSP (who actually made the unit).
     
  12. killer_939

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    When you buy a new psu try to get something with over 40 amps on the 12v rail and make sure it is a very good brand (corsair, seasonic etc).
     
  13. OneMustFall

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    Years ago i had that happen to me,it sounded like a 22cal going off then a bunch of smoke and that smell of burned plastic.Happened just outa the blue.Dont remember what all it killed but ill never forget that sound.
     
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    Mkilbride Banned

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    Don't blame Skyrim for this, most of all, do not go their forums and bitch. You'll only look like an idiot.
     
  15. Naynt

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    The title was meant as a joke. Such as the game was so powerful and epic that it made mince meat of my computer. I guess not everyone gets it.
     
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    You can have the most expensive PSU in the world and that is not going to exclude it from a natural possibility to give up the ghost.
    My 2 PSU have gone into the electrograveyard...
     
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    Yes, that is true, which is why I budget a bit (just not TOO much) when it comes to PSU, got this one for £59.99 back in August/September 2010, been rock stable since (even when trying CrossFire)
     

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