This is my first post here, and I'm looking forward to joining your community. Unfortunately, I have a problem with my computer that I cannot seem to resolve.
First off, NEVER EVER buy from CyberPower PC in Los Angeles. They are a horribly run company who refuse to support their products, and regularly rip-off their customers.
Now that that's out of the way, my problem is random freezes and hangs - whether mucking about in windows, running games, or on the internet, it will hit randomly. Usually it will happen within 7-10 minutes of the machine starting, no mouse movement, no ctrl-alt-del, not even the Caps Lock light on the keyboard. When the crash occurs, my water cooling unit's fan becomes very loud, surging louder and then quieter in quick succession.
I re-installed Windows XP, pulled the RAM sticks to test them individually (the crashes still occur, with either RAM stick in).
I am now thinking that my PSU is underpowered for my rig. It is a 420W model that came with my Aspire case. I just figured that a company who builds and sells computers would AT LEAST recommend upgrading the PSU to the necessary wattage. I have an Antec 500W unit (new in box too) that feels at least twice as heavy as the 420W unit.
So my question is: Do you think I should try it with the Antec PSU? Would the extra 80W even make a difference? If it were a PSU problem, wouldn't it only manifest itself during power intensive moments? As it is now, it's completely random.
Thanks in advance for any help, I really appreciate it!
AMD Athlon X2 3800+
Abit KN9 SLI
2x 1024MB Geil DDR2 RAM
EVGA 7950 GX2
Edited by RaymondDavies, 01 November 2006 - 04:18 PM.