Is it the Power Supply Unit?
Posted on 2004-09-28
I'm having a problem with my PC. I can do most things with no problem - however - about 5 or so minutes into any game, (Tiger Woods 2004, MS Flight Sim 9, etc etc etc.....) I'll generally get a BSOD with a STOP error and then some file which could be USB.SYS or NTFS.SYS or just about anything...
After perusing many forums - I'm still no smarter then I was before I started my research. :-)
Here is my machine setup:
P4 3.4GHz 800 FSB
PSU - DeVanni 560W
Gigabyte 8IPE1000-L Rev 2(865P chipset)
1GB Elixir RAM (two 512MB chips) PC3200
Sapphire ATI Radeon 9600 w/ 256MB DDR
1 IDE / 2 SATA HDDs all 7200RPM ranging from 80GB to 160GB
1 DVD+/- RW
1 Epson Photoprinter (USB)
1 LiDE scanner (USB)
(At various times I can have up to 3 other USB devices plugged in - the two I listed are always there)
The problem, again, only occurs when I play games - and I can play them for about 5-10 minutes tops...
Running various memory testers provides me no memory errors...
Could it be that this cheap PSU isn't providing enough amperage on the 12V rail for my power-hungry CPU along with everything else.
If this is the case - which PSU would solve my problem?
Or - is it a damaged CPU (AMIDIAG test in DOS mode failed the MMX test for the CPU - is this related to the power consumption though?)
Or - is the mobo crap (should I get an 875 Chipset instead?)
Or - is it the video card.
All mfgs suggest putting in another chip/card/mobo to test to see if the problem still occurs. Ummmmmm.. How many of us have an extra P4 3.4 or another 8IPE1000-L or another Radeon 9600 just sitting around? :-)
Any help would be most greatly appreciated!