Solved PC crash after graphics card install

November 27, 2015 at 13:50:25
Specs: Windows 7, i7 3770k/16Gb
Hi,

I need some help here, running into a bit of a problem. I've recently upgraded my graphics card from a HD 7970 to R9 290. After swapping out the card i began to test it using GTA V and a few other games. It was all going well after a few benchmarks, solid FPS ect. All of a sudden, the game hung, sounds skipping and black screen. Rebooted and i have had issues with the screen randomly popping in and out, turning black for a few seconds then coming back. I've had a few blue screens too, but they seem to have stopped. I uninstalled the card, re-seated checking the connections were clean, and reinstalled drivers only to find the same problem happening. So i've tried it out on a few more games, same thing happening. I think my PC should be able to handle it with the power supply i have (specs below). Any ideas on what could be the problem?

PSU -- Corsair TX650
CPU -- i7 3770k 3.9Ghz
GPU -- R9 290
Cooling -- Corsair H80i
RAM - 16GB Kingston HyperX Beast 2400MHz
MB -- Sabertooth Z77
Sound -- Soundblaster Z


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November 28, 2015 at 02:36:00
Overclocking will bump up your power consumption a bit but I'm sure you're aware of this.

You can use a power supply calculator like the one on the page linked below:

http://powersupplycalculator.net

Also under load can make quite a bit of difference to the rigs power consumption. The biggest drain will of course come from your GPU where gaming is concerned. I read yours can consume close to 400w when it is working hard.

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_...

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#1
November 27, 2015 at 16:01:05
Could just be coincidence. Might be worth putting the old card and software back first to see if it still plays up.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
November 27, 2015 at 16:26:39
I noticed you have a k model i series processor.

Have you done any overclocking?


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#3
November 27, 2015 at 19:25:10
Have you checked AMD's site for the latest and greatest drivers?

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#4
November 28, 2015 at 00:47:26
Well I've reinstalled the 7970 and everything seems to work fine, tested on the same games and not had a single crash yet. Yeah I've done a small amount of ocing, bumped up to 3.9. The power supply shouldn't be an issue should it? Done some calculations and my max wattage should be about 450. And yeah, running the latest drivers for R9.

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November 28, 2015 at 02:36:00
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Overclocking will bump up your power consumption a bit but I'm sure you're aware of this.

You can use a power supply calculator like the one on the page linked below:

http://powersupplycalculator.net

Also under load can make quite a bit of difference to the rigs power consumption. The biggest drain will of course come from your GPU where gaming is concerned. I read yours can consume close to 400w when it is working hard.

http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_...

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#6
November 29, 2015 at 14:52:47
400 watts!? Wow I didn't realise it could spike that high. I'll have to check what the 7970 max wattage is. Although with the liquid cooling, overclocking, and gpu I may be pushing it a bit with a 650w

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#7
November 29, 2015 at 20:11:46
Yes, it does sound like you need a larger capacity power supply.
Have you checked your temps with HWMonitor to make sure that nothing is not spiking on the temps?
Those are the two most likely candidates.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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