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PC Crashing while playing games

Hey guys,
My computer has been crashing lately while playing somewhat graphically intense games.
I've been doing a bunch of reading and research online and the reason for this I came up with was my power supply failing.
However, the computer turns on and runs fine until I try to play a game. I still am not 100% convinced that I need to replace the psu and would really appreciate some guidance. I've gone into the bios and everything looks normal ( or not, honestly I have little to no idea).
Here's some specs:
CPU: i5-3570
Graphics: AMD Radeon 7870 HD 2Gb
HD: Seagate 1 Tb
PSU: Ultra ATX 650W
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  1. That's because the videocard draws more power once the game launches.

    Is it crashing or is it restarting?

    That's a cheap PSU though, it probably is your PSU.
  2. Ya thats kinda what I figured...it would be my next upgrade regardless.

    It is restarting. So it will just shut off and then go through the restart sequence.
  3. Best answer
    mkamprat said:
    Ya thats kinda what I figured...it would be my next upgrade regardless.

    It is restarting. So it will just shut off and then go through the restart sequence.


    Def PSU. Get something decent, don't get a cheap PSU for gaming.
  4. It could be the PSU. If it's cheap replace regardless. Something like the Antec High Power gamer 620W (overkill but in case of upgrade). There are tiers and it's very good. use pcpartpicker if you want.

    *run MEMTEST as well for a full pass www.memtest.org

    You can also start a Memory diagnostic direct from Windows but I don't like it as much. Still, if it shows an error right away it's probably right. An error indicates a problem with your DDR3 memory (not necessarily the actual sticks).
  5. photonboy said:
    It could be the PSU. If it's cheap replace regardless. Something like the Antec High Power gamer 620W (overkill but in case of upgrade). There are tiers and it's very good. use pcpartpicker if you want.

    *run MEMTEST as well for a full pass www.memtest.org

    You can also start a Memory diagnostic direct from Windows but I don't like it as much. Still, if it shows an error right away it's probably right. An error indicates a problem with your DDR3 memory (not necessarily the actual sticks).


    RAM would cause pagefaults and crashing, or BSOD's, not full restarts. Restarts are power related generally.
    I'd just replace the PSU.
    You would get a lot of corruption and program crashing, hanging on boot, bad performance, if you had bad RAM.
  6. Alec Mowat said:
    mkamprat said:
    Ya thats kinda what I figured...it would be my next upgrade regardless.

    It is restarting. So it will just shut off and then go through the restart sequence.


    Def PSU. Get something decent, don't get a cheap PSU for gaming.


    Alec Mowat said:
    photonboy said:
    It could be the PSU. If it's cheap replace regardless. Something like the Antec High Power gamer 620W (overkill but in case of upgrade). There are tiers and it's very good. use pcpartpicker if you want.

    *run MEMTEST as well for a full pass www.memtest.org

    You can also start a Memory diagnostic direct from Windows but I don't like it as much. Still, if it shows an error right away it's probably right. An error indicates a problem with your DDR3 memory (not necessarily the actual sticks).


    RAM would cause pagefaults and crashing, or BSOD's, not full restarts. Restarts are power related generally.
    I'd just replace the PSU.
    You would get a lot of corruption and program crashing, hanging on boot, bad performance, if you had bad RAM.


    Ya that sounds like a good solution to me ...I've been looking at the power supply charts and articles for a couple of days now and have found a pretty good deal on one right now, its a 650w corsair 80plus gold.
    Thanks for the help guys!
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