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PC loses power while playing Rift.


  • RoxtarrRoxtarr Freeland, MI, MIPosts: 1,122Member
    Sounds like your graphics card is crapping out on you or your system is overheating.

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  • okay, it's also happening on BF3, so I'm going to assume it's any game.
  • jdnewelljdnewell Spring Hill, TNPosts: 2,150Member Uncommon
    I am betting its the PSU. Sounds like you bought a prebuilt comp. and I would bet a dime to a dollar the psu they used is a very cheap one that barely would run the system anyways.
  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 5,019Member Uncommon

    I have no clue what's current, but maybe someone can suggest hardware sensor utility that could help you track this down.


    I agree with the idea that it's most likely heat or failing voltage.  Sensors should be able to show you what and where.

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  • QuizzicalQuizzical Posts: 14,848Member Uncommon

    Sounds like a bad power supply.  What power supply do you have, anyway?  If you took the "standard" 800 W power supply on Cyber Power PC, then it's a piece of junk and needs to be replaced immediately.

    Fortunately, a GeForce GT 440 is a fairly low end video card, so it doesn't need a ton of power.  If you leave your processor at stock speeds, then either of these will do:

    If you'd like something a little stronger (and higher quality) to leave room for upgrades, then this will get the job done:

    The question isn't whether your power supply is a problem.  Rather, it's whether your power supply is the only problem.  A bad power supply can damage other components, so let's hope that hasn't happened yet.

  • stayontargetstayontarget Tacoma, WAPosts: 6,082Member Uncommon
    I've had this issue on a few computers over the years,  most was caused by a bad PSU with the exception of one computer that had a bad stick of ram that was causing the crashing.

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  • ShakyMoShakyMo BradfordPosts: 7,207Member
    Memory bugs usually just crash your game or give a bsod.

    Power off is either faulty psu or overheating cpu. Most likely the former as i7s shut down cores and stuff when they get hot.
  • simonwest80simonwest80 AshfordPosts: 173Member
    I have seen the over heating issue a few times a quick way to test this is by trying to turn the system on straight after the power off.  If the system boots straight back up with no issues then i would say it isnt heat related, if the system turns on for a few seconds then powers down again i would say this is a very high chance that it is heat related.
  • mikecacklemikecackle City, ILPosts: 151Member

    You want SPEEDFAN software google it.

    A system shutdown is normally a cpu protection, which you set in BIOS

    A high end GPU card usually can power down to lower graphics when heating up or warn....

    Check your cpu and gpu fans are working, and not full of dust.. the number one culprit..

    It's not the PSU, that I will guaruntee. The graphics card/drivers can detect lower power and shutdown the extra features and wont shut down the system



  • FusionFusion VaasaPosts: 1,358Member Uncommon

    I'm betting that your PSU is slowly dying and the currents are fluctuating.


    Happened to my last PSU which lasted for aprox. 2 years.

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  • WolfenprideWolfenpride San''doria, WIPosts: 3,988Member

    I had this problem back when I was playing Aion, my CPU was overheating. I hadn't changed the thermal paste or cleaned out the heatsink/fan in several years. Once I did everything worked like it was brand new.

    Is your fan spinning loudly? Check your temperatures with a program like Speedfan.

  • RidelynnRidelynn Fresno, CAPosts: 4,242Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Wolfenpride
    I had this problem back when I was playing Aion, my CPU was overheating. I hadn't changed the thermal paste or cleaned out the heatsink/fan in several years. Once I did everything worked like it was brand new.

    Is your fan spinning loudly? Check your temperatures with a program like Speedfan.

    Shouldn't have to change out the thermal paste if it's done properly to begin with, although with a pre-built, it's anyone's guess. If it has one of those sticky thermal pads (like stock Intel coolers love to come with) those are an absolute nightmare to clean up - it's like caked on double-sided sticky tape, and it all has to come off before you can put the thing back together. So word of warning before you go tearing the heat sink off the CPU - it could be a bit of a chore getting it back together. If temps on the CPU are fine, then I would just dust the fins on the cooler but leave the heat sink firmly attached. If temps on the CPU are off, I'd start with a good cleaning, and if that doesn't help, then pull and reseat the heat sink (there have been cases where heat sink compound wasn't applied at all, where the thermal tape didn't have the plastic removed, where the heat sink was propped up on some debris and not actually mating with the CPU, etc).

    Complete cold shutdown/cold reboots are usually power supply or motherboard problems. An extreme case of CPU overheat can do it, but usually you'll see other symptoms first (game starts to studder, sudden FPS loss, computer grinds to a halt, fans all kick into overdrive, etc). GPU or memory problems can also cause cold reboots, but those are a bit more rare - usually you see BSOD's with those.

    Everything else here, excellent advice.

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