New Build shuts down during gaming or high GPU requirements.

First time build, so I apologize for the noob-ness. I have been having problems with my computer restarting every time I try to play a graphics intense game. It seems I can run low intensity level games easily enough, as well as online streaming via netflix. When I run a higher end game, it crashes, gives me a blue screen for a second, and immediately restarts. Sometimes, it doesnt restart, it mentions my graphcis card has "recovered from a failure" and will resume operation.

From what I can tell everything is plugged up properly. Ive snugged all cords/cables. Double checked locations (I can provide pictures if necessary), Ive made sure that the RAM is placed in 1 & 3 locations (color coded), cpu temp never gets above 46 and GPU doesnt get above 40ish either. Mobo chipsets, GPU drivers, windows updates, audio and LAN drivers are all updated and working. I tried upping the cards performace a bit via the basic settings on the GPU Tweak program, but all that did was completely crash the system to where I had to roll it back on safe mode. Does anyone have any ideas? Is there a setting I can adjust? Where might the problem originate? Parts I need to send back (bad/incorrect PSU/GPU) or buy differently? I am so lost!


ASRock Z97 Extreme3 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-4690K Processor 3.5 GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I54690K

ASUS R9290X-DC2-4GD5 Radeon R9 290X 4GB 512-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

EVGA SuperNOVA 650G1 650W ATX12V Power Supply 120-G1-0650-XR

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Fan (RR-212E-20PK-R2)

ADATA USA Premier Pro SP600 2.5-Inch 128 GB SATA III Synchronous NAND SSD ASP600S3-128GM-C

Western Digital 1 TB RE3 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Enterprise Hard Drive - WD1002FBYS

Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600Mhz PC3 12800 Desktop Memory CMV8GX3M2A1600C11
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More about build shuts gaming high gpu requirements
  1. Try downclocking your R9 290X.
  2. make sure your mb bios is updated to rule out a bios bug. use msi afterburner make sure the gpu fans are ramping up when the card heats up. use 3 party tools like spacy to see the system 12v line also look in the bios and check that the 12 line is over 12 when siting still. if you can try another power supply to rule out that yours may be rippling out.
  3. What kind of cooling are you running?
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