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Thread: Graphx card and PSU problem

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    abu_has_the_power's Avatar I have cool stars
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    I have a Thermaltake Xaser III 480W psu and a Sapphire ATI Radeon 9800 pro. i've been using this psu for almost a year now. my system is oced. my 9800 pro is oced just a bit. my cpu is oced from 2.4ghz to 3.0 right now.

    just recently, i occasionally get massive artifacts on my screen, sometimes in games, and sometimes just on the desktop! i reinstalled drivers, updated drivers, even downgraded them to catalyst 5.8 and 5.9. tried omega and regular ati drivers. nothing worked.

    today, i opened my case, and thought, maybe this is a psu problem. i unplugged the 12V molex for my 9800, and plugged it into 1 of my case fans. i took the molex for the case fan and put it in my 9800 pro. now, when i run games, no artifacts and tears! no problems on the desktop either!


    wtf? i thought thermaltake Xaser PSU's are nice psu's. certainly 480W should be able to handle a 9800 pro. it's handled it fine for almost a year. this sucks. do i need to replace my psu?

    what kind of psu would be able to handle my setup?

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    It could have been just a loose connection.

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    hmmmm..... u might be right. but how can it be loose? i haven't moved my computer around at all for a long time. hmmm......

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    DON'T BUY THERMALTAKE PSUs!!!!!

    Wattage means absolutely nothing. I've seen a 520w thermaltake fail on a 6800 GT. most Thermaltake PSUs have a 17A rating on a 12V rail, and that is TERRIBLE. Read more about PSUs here:
    http://www.computerforum.com/showthread.php?t=10764

    Bottom line: Avoid Thermaltake PSUs or you'll regret it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seedler
    DON'T BUY THERMALTAKE PSUs!!!!!

    Wattage means absolutely nothing. I've seen a 520w thermaltake fail on a 6800 GT. most Thermaltake PSUs have a 17A rating on a 12V rail, and that is TERRIBLE. Read more about PSUs here:
    http://www.computerforum.com/showthread.php?t=10764

    Bottom line: Avoid Thermaltake PSUs or you'll regret it!


    i'll stick with this for now. next year i'm building a small form factor for college. i'll get involved with all this hardware crap next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by abu_has_the_power
    i'll get involved with all this hardware crap next year
    Seems like you're "involved" right now.
    "I am the one who knocks."- Heisenberg

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    well, i've been out of the game for over a year. haven't opened my case in 8 months. lol

    and since i'm building a new pc, i'll have to know about all these new cpu sockets and mobo's and stuff. a lot of new stuff to get familiarized with

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    Quote Originally Posted by abu_has_the_power
    ... a lot of new stuff to get familiarized with
    Exactly why you should start studying now!

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    so wat should i do bout my psu? it seems to be working now. but this morning, i was going to catch a quick game of css b4 school, and the screen got screwy again. but that was only for css. everything else works. sigh

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    would would u guys recommend? here's my setup:
    Asus P4P800 Deluxe mobo
    P4 2.4c oced to 3.0
    Thermalright SP94 with a 92" Tornado
    Temp display thingy
    Liteon 48x CDRW
    Digital Max 16x DL DVDRW
    Fan controller (controls my tornado)
    2 x 512mb PC3200 + 2 x 256mb PC3200
    2 x 200gb Seagate 7200rpm
    Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro Oced to 411/351

    help?

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