I had an:
-ECS K8 NVIDIA Socket 754 DDR400 AGP (P21110) NFORCE3-A ATX Retail Box mobo
-AMD Athlon64 3000+ newcastle
-1Gb of Kingston RAM,
-PNY Verto GeFOrce 6 6600GT 128mb
-Ebuyer value 500W PSU
(all of the above highly rated on the ebuyer site!) but after playing some games, when i quit them, the computer restarted!! I was sure it wasnt the computer not being able to handle the game, as it restarted when i closed the game (not during), and also my pc is quite powerful so can easily handle the games. The game it started doing this on was UT 2004.
But then something went wrong with the PSU and i needed to replace the mobo, CPU and PSU.
So now i have the same mobo and CPU but a X-Power 500W psu (£40 from Maplin - not the cheap crappy ebuyer one £12!). I thought it would have solved the problem but when i quit CoD2 just now it restarted for no reason!! I havent a clue what it is as no-one has had any problems with the mobo or cpu on the ebuyer reviews, and i got a quite expensive PSU this time so hopefully it is a good one!
There are only 2 things i could think of it being, either the PSU not being powerful enough (but it is 500W!) or the computer getting too hot because the tower has no case, is surrounded on all sides except front (by the desk and a wall), and only has the CPU fan, graphics card fan and the 2 PSU fans cooling it.
If it is the PSU not being powerful enough, it is easily solved by taking this one back to Maplin and getting a 600W one (woohoo more money being spent!
). And if it is the heat problem i can easily make a simple rig (on the open side of the tower - opposite the mobo) which i can mount some fans on to provide extra cooling. Out of the 2 i would go for PSU lacking in power as i saw on a review that it can cause your pc to restart.
If anyone can tell me what is wrong it would be much appreciated as the last time my pc restarted after games i needed to wait 2 weeks for a replacement cpu and mobo as the psu blew up (or something of that nature)!! And i dont want to have to go through it again!!