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#1 Sethre

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:36 AM

So I recently upgraded my hard drive on my computer, it's a WD 2TB Green.I am aware that Green is worse compared to Blue but the RPM is the same as a Blue and overall Green has become a lot better which is why I decided to risk it.

But my problem is not with the hard drive, it's with my power supply (I think), when I'm playing some games such as MW3 or D3 my computer shuts off with no warning. My guess as to why this is happening is because my power supply is not powerful enough to support my new hard drive, but I'm not sure. So anyone have some more in-site on this?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:43 AM

We need a bit of information, mainly the wattage and amperage of the rails of your power supply, and what's running on it, cpu, gpu, hdds, etc. The green series normally use very little power, and shouldn't be a problem.
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:47 AM

I'm still decently new to the world of computers so I'm not 100% sure on all of my specs ect. The wattage (if I remember right) is 550... And it's running CPU?... Not sure about what you mean by that.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:04 AM

On the side of your power supply, there should be some information about volts, watts, and amps.
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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:11 AM

The only thing I see is 115/230V (I'm assuming volts) and 7/4A (I'm assuming amps) and 50/60Hz (not sure what Hz is...). That's all I see besides.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:12 AM

If you're using Windows 7/vista copy this address into an explorer window.
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Performance Information and Tools

Click "View and print detailed information about this system".

We need the Processor, Memory (RAM) and Graphics. Do what spleen said to get the wattage of your power supply. Also, if you know what motherboard you have that will help as well.


Hard drives don't draw that much power, I doubt that swapping them would have caused this; putting my money on heat issues.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:19 AM

Memory: 4.00 GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 4670 (Microsoft Corporation WDDM 1.1) (Gaming Graphics: 2815 MB Total available graphics memory)
Processor: AMD Athlon™ II X4 620 Processor

I'm sorry but I dont know what my motherboard is, I built my computer about 4 years ago because I was interested in doing it but I didn't think to keep notes of what I put in my computer. :/

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:25 AM

Yeah, you should be pulling under 400w so unless your PSU is dying power is not the issue.

Next time you go to play take the side panel off of your case and see if it still does a force shutdown.

#9 Sethre

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:26 AM

How do I know if its doing a force shut down?

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:29 AM

lol. I mean just see if the computer stays on.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:32 AM

Oh... Ok. :P Although, I recently wiped out my computer and I haven't had that problem in awhile, I get it randomly sometimes but it hasn't happened in over 2 months. So I think it could have just been some program that was bogging it down or some virus, but I don't know. :P

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#12 Sethre

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 05:26 PM

You also said it could be a heating problem?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 08:45 AM

You also said it could be a heating problem?


could quite possibly be a heating issue. I suggest cleaning any fans/vents you have out for any dirt/dust. including the CPU heat sink. (the large chunk of metal ovr the processor inside)

could also be an issue with the older videocard, it may not be able to handle newer heavier games like D3 and MW3.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:15 AM

could quite possibly be a heating issue. I suggest cleaning any fans/vents you have out for any dirt/dust. including the CPU heat sink. (the large chunk of metal ovr the processor inside)

could also be an issue with the older videocard, it may not be able to handle newer heavier games like D3 and MW3.


It could be the video card although, whenever I play video games I can play at the highest quality and there's no lag or anything which is really nice. But I guess since I play at the highest quality it probably kills the video card, maybe I should look into getting a newer version.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:13 AM

The video card is very outdated, and possibly overheating. Have you tried running something like speedfan or specy to see how hot it gets? Or even just checking in your Catalyst Control Center.
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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:18 AM

The video card is very outdated, and possibly overheating. Have you tried running something like speedfan or specy to see how hot it gets? Or even just checking in your Catalyst Control Center.


Where would I find this Catalyst control center?

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:22 AM

It's the AMD drivers. Right click on your desktop and it's probably the first thing that comes up.
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#18 Sethre

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:26 AM

When I right click on my desktop all I get is this...

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:27 AM

Weird..
Use the free version of this: http://www.piriform....speccy/download
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#20 Sethre

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:29 AM

Whoa... It's 47 degrees Celsius.

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