PC Crashing at game start

Cheez

New Member
I'm currently using Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP1 (Fully updated, specs below). After installing the drivers and such, I can start games and such, i.e. Counter-Strike. But soon after I join the game, without warning, my pc suddenly turns off. I believe this may have something to do with my gfx card/power supply;

Here are my specs:
EVGA NVIDIA 280 GTX
650W Zephyr Power Supply
MSI P7N SLI Platinum
Intel Core 2 Duo 775 CPU
WD 750GB 7200 RPM
CoolerMaster Cosmos S Case
8GB OCZ DDR2 RAM

Although initially my power supply didn't have enough 8-prong plugs, I got suggestions for a new PS, although I have little to no suspicions about any possible hardware errors.
I'm almost positive that this isn't a software issue, being that I only received my pc yesterday... I've also tried closing nearly every process that could be interfering with my pc, and still nothing. I'm thinking this is a lack of power issue, but I have no real experience with anything power supply related.

Thank you for any help!
 

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Fumz

Buggin
Vista Guru
Received it yesterday from who?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Fumz' Flux-Capacitor
    CPU
    E8400
    Motherboard
    DFI LP DK P35-T2RS
    Memory
    4GB G.Skill PC-1066
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA 8800 GTS
    Sound Card
    X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    500GB W.D. RE2 Primary
    1TB W.D. Caviar GP WD10EACS
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610
    Case
    Lian Li Lancool K62
    Cooling
    Thermalright Ultima-90/S-Flex 120mm
    Mouse
    Logitech G5
    Keyboard
    MS Natural Elite 4000 Ergonomic
    Internet Speed
    2.5MB/430
    Other Info
    D-Link DGL 4500

skunksmash

im coming for cake
Vista Guru
Gold Member
did someone build this for you..?

is the rig stock or have you OCed it...?

ahh...its custom built is it stock settings

here are your PSU specs....
According to HEC, both the +3.3V and +5V line can deliver a maximum of 24 Amps each for a total combined output of 140W. There are four +12V rails with 17 Amp ratings each for a combined power output of 576W.

& here is the recommended requirement for a GTX280
A GeForce GTX 280 requires you to have a 550 Watt power supply unit at minimum if you use it in a high-end system. That power supply needs to have (in total accumulated) at least 40 Amps available on the 12 volts rails.

now im not too sure about PSUs with multiple rails you may have enough but im sure someone will let us know..
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    ME.....
    CPU
    Q9450 @ 3.6ghz
    Motherboard
    P5K PREMIUM
    Memory
    8GB 1066mhz buffalo firestix
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD 5970
    Monitor(s) Displays
    20'' syncmaster
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    160GB 7200RPM SEAGATE BARRACUDA IDE
    160GB 7200RPM SEAGATE BARRACUDA SATA 2
    PSU
    XCILIO 850w
    Case
    unknown ATX
    Cooling
    Arctic cooler pro 775
    Mouse
    logitech cordless optical
    Keyboard
    logitech EX110
    Internet Speed
    2mb

Fumz

Buggin
Vista Guru
What drivers did you have to install if it came pre-built? Please be as specific as possible. Do you have another game besides CS you can try?

You said you were worried that your PSU didn't have "enough" 8 pin PCI-E connectors, so how did you get around this; what was your "fix"? Is there anything else you had to install or set up yourself?

There are a couple things you should run to see where you stand: Orthos - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net dl and run Orthos. Let us know when the test fails, if it does. If it's cpu or memory related, this will tell you. If it's graphics, then another game should tell us.

btw, right click Computer and select Properties. Under Tasks on the top left, select Advanced System Settings. Under the Startup and Recovery menu click settings. Under system failure un-check Automatically restart. Save your changes and exit out. Have pen an paper handy so you can write down the exact error messages that flash you the next time the machine has a problem... then go re-create that problem... load up CS.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Fumz' Flux-Capacitor
    CPU
    E8400
    Motherboard
    DFI LP DK P35-T2RS
    Memory
    4GB G.Skill PC-1066
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA 8800 GTS
    Sound Card
    X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    500GB W.D. RE2 Primary
    1TB W.D. Caviar GP WD10EACS
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610
    Case
    Lian Li Lancool K62
    Cooling
    Thermalright Ultima-90/S-Flex 120mm
    Mouse
    Logitech G5
    Keyboard
    MS Natural Elite 4000 Ergonomic
    Internet Speed
    2.5MB/430
    Other Info
    D-Link DGL 4500

Cheez

New Member
Nono, they just put the parts together, I installed Windows.
I installed the motherboard drivers, sound card, and gfx card drivers.
I also installed all the updates for Vista SP1.
As for my 'fix', I bought a new PSU.
And I've run it against World of Warcraft, WC3, CS 1.6, and TF2.
 

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Fumz

Buggin
Vista Guru
OK, your initial post is a little confusing, so bear with me. Is the PSU you've listed the one currently in the machine or the one it came with? Does it have two 8 pin PCI-E connectors for the graphics card?

Do all the games you've listed shut the machine down or just CS? Have you run CS again to recreate the error? If not, do so and write down the error message.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Fumz' Flux-Capacitor
    CPU
    E8400
    Motherboard
    DFI LP DK P35-T2RS
    Memory
    4GB G.Skill PC-1066
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA 8800 GTS
    Sound Card
    X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    500GB W.D. RE2 Primary
    1TB W.D. Caviar GP WD10EACS
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610
    Case
    Lian Li Lancool K62
    Cooling
    Thermalright Ultima-90/S-Flex 120mm
    Mouse
    Logitech G5
    Keyboard
    MS Natural Elite 4000 Ergonomic
    Internet Speed
    2.5MB/430
    Other Info
    D-Link DGL 4500

Cheez

New Member
The PSU I'm using right now is NOT the one that I originally used, but now it has the sufficient amount of PCI-E connectors.
All the games I've tried crash my PC, and none of them CREATE error messages, my PC just turns off without any error.
 

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Fumz

Buggin
Vista Guru
It certainly sounds like a bad PSU; although the chances of you getting two bad PSU's in a row are very slim. It's also unlikely that directron let a machine go out the door knowing it had an inadequate PSU; possible, but still unlikely.

Do you still have your old PSU? Does it have an adapter you can use in place of the second 8 pin PCI-E connector? I would try and hook up the original PSU with only the board, the boot drive and the video card. Make sure when using the adapter that the only thing on that lead is the graphics card... no other peripheral devices.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Fumz' Flux-Capacitor
    CPU
    E8400
    Motherboard
    DFI LP DK P35-T2RS
    Memory
    4GB G.Skill PC-1066
    Graphics Card(s)
    eVGA 8800 GTS
    Sound Card
    X-Fi XtremeGamer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 226BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    500GB W.D. RE2 Primary
    1TB W.D. Caviar GP WD10EACS
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610
    Case
    Lian Li Lancool K62
    Cooling
    Thermalright Ultima-90/S-Flex 120mm
    Mouse
    Logitech G5
    Keyboard
    MS Natural Elite 4000 Ergonomic
    Internet Speed
    2.5MB/430
    Other Info
    D-Link DGL 4500

mike-cow

Vista Pro
Temperature issues can cause those symptoms too. Check the system temperatures with HWMonitor.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Athlon X2 6000+
    Motherboard
    ASRock ALiveXfire-eSATA2
    Memory
    2x2GiB DDR2 PC2-6400
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeCube ATI Radeon HD3870 512MiB GDDR4
    Sound Card
    Built in HD Audio, digital output
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 206BW, SyncMaster 940B
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050 + 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    WDC 250GB SATA + lots of externals. :)
    PSU
    Antec Earthwatts 500W
    Case
    Antec Sonata III
    Cooling
    Air
    Mouse
    Logitech G9
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15 (1st edition w blue lightning)
    Internet Speed
    DL/UL: 50/10Mbit

guilleron

New Member
I got the exact same problem "Cheez" has.

Counter Strike seems to run fine (tryied just once for 20 seconds). Other games (Crysis Warhead and Call of duty 4) crash the PC completely when starting.

Crysis crashes when the main menu loads. COD 4 when you start a new mission and it´s still loading.

It turns itself off completelly and suddenly, like a power loss problem. I got a LC power supply of 750W, so there shouldn´t be a problem.

My graphics card (I think the problem is here as it´s similar to CHEEZ´s) is GTX260.

It could be that these cards require a lot of power when starting the action?

Starting to get mad wit this issue. Please help!

Thans a lot people. You´re great!

P.S.: temperatures seem "not that bad"
 

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Cheez

New Member
It was a low wattage problem. My PSU SAID that it was 650W, but it was actually just 500. Try switching it out with a better quality PSU, like a thermaltake toughpower or an antec.
 

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