|Ok so I'm just looking for some opinions here.|
Ive recently put together a small gaming rig, running on cardboard box/table top configuration.
I had it running for 1 week before problems started to arise. I started playing Steam - Call of Duty MW2, and after 30 minutes, immediately shut-down. then it worked fine for 1 day, next day had 2 shutdowns in 1x 5 hour gaming session. Then yesterday I had 2 shutdowns, one after about 2 hours, and one after literally 2 matches on the game, the problem never happened until i played MW2, i played BF2 for hours on end, no problems, but now I do get the occasional shutdowns when playing BF2!
Ive ran a virus check, nothing, just tracking cookies. My PSU meets the requirements for my system, and currently run an AMD Athlon x64 2.7GHz (Dual Core), MSI K9 Neo v2 mobo, XFX GeForce 9600GT OC Edition, 300GB Seagate @ 5200rpm, DVD/RW optical drive, 2x 1GB Kingston RAM, Windows XP Professional SP3, 400watt PSU w/ 22amps on +12v rail, 1x PCI 802.11n NIC.
I have a fan blowing directly at the CPU block, and used RivaTuner v2 to force GPU fan speed to 90%, GPU temp @ 44-48 when playing BF2 on max graphics, 100% view scale and 4x AA. There are no stuttering/lag issues, and no warning before a shutdown. There arent even any indications i.e. always shutting down before a graphic intensive scene, or whenever I press certain keystrokes, or at a certain temp....
The only theory I can think of is either, the power supply is slowly dying and as a result shuts off to prevent any hardware damage, or I have a virus hidden somewhere, or faulty drivers. I will add now that I have re-installed video drivers twice and only started getting the problems.
Also max resolution I play is 1280x780 on my 17inch vga monitor, not too taxing on memory.
I have heard of FurMark, to stress test the PSU and GPU, can anybody tell me if this is a safe benchmark to use, when ive already encountered 5+ sudden shutdowns. Or if it is the PSU, will it just shutdown like usual when things get intense?
If you need any more information let me know, im going to write up a theory of possible causes and a maintenance audit tonight, could help me for a couple of my microsoft tech assignments anyway, if you would provide me with some trusted, and good benchmarking utilities that would be great. Ive used GPU-Z, CPU-Z and RivaTuner, would like to know some more. Just to add I dont have a multimeter either, so would need software monitoring solutions.