PC shuts down while in game play

MUTT/Home Built
October 15, 2007 at 19:05:07
Specs: XP Pro, AMD Athlon 64 3500+/1024

I just Built a new PC with the following:

Processor- AMD Athlon 64 3500+
Power Supply- Hercules ATX 500 watt
HDD- Maxtor 160GB (2 hdd's in system, both are the same)
DVD/CD Drives- LiteOn DVD/CDRW & WriteMaster DVD-RW/CDRW
Video- GeForce4 MX440 128MB PCI
Memory- Kingston 1024GB
Fans- 1 on power supply, 1 in the door, 1 at front of system,
and CPU fan
Problem: Computer shuts down after 5 - 10 minutes of game play. The power light blinks and I have to hold in the power button to finish shutting the system down and then turn the system back on.
This problem has been going on since I built the system.
The only games I can play are the ones that comes with Windows XP(FREE CELL, HEARTS, SOLITAIRE, SPIDER SOLITAIRE, ETC...) and internet games like on or POGO Games.
I started playing games with the on board display adapter and it would shut down after 5 - 10 minutes of game play. So I installed a video card, same thing happens.
I have checked my Memory and it is working fine.
I checked for "Wake On LAN" in BIOS, it is disabled.
I have checked the system tempurature and it never gets over 103 degrees.
The computer is extremely clean, I just built it a month ago and I clean it twice a week.
Games that I play are Game Of Life, Treasure Seek Games, Roll Playing, Board & Card Games.
I hope someone has some idea of what is going on here and how to fix it.
It is not fun, not being able to play any of my games.

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October 15, 2007 at 20:21:22

Here's your problem:

"Power Supply- Hercules ATX 500 watt"

It's a $15 piece O crap! Get yourself a *real* power supply & plan on spending between $50-100 for something decent! Here's a few lower priced possibilities:

While you're at it, get yourself a decent PCI-e video card too. The onboard video on that board sucks & MX440 is outdated.

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October 17, 2007 at 11:17:40

used to happen with mine too, id be playing online gaming and sometimes the screen would turn red for a split second, go back to gameplay for few more seconds, then it would shut off completely. turns out it was overheating, never looked into it more to find out if it was the cpu or motherboard overheating. all i remember is i would have to take the cpu case off and stick a mini fan inside of it. worked fine.

AMD all the way

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October 17, 2007 at 11:19:18

did you use thermal compound for the cpu? more then what was already on it when they sent it to you, put more on. and make sure in the bios you set the video cache thing to like 64mb or higher. on alot of bios the default setting is like 8mb or 16mb. need to up that.

AMD all the way

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