- 1 x COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- 1 x CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX850M 850W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Semi Modular High Performance ...
- 1 x AMD Phenom II X4 975 Black Edition Deneb 3.6GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-CoreDesktop Processor HDZ975FBGMBOX
- 1 x GeIL Black Dragon 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Desktop Memory Model GB316GB1333C9DC
- I also have have Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler on the CPU and it is running like new still even after a year and it adequately cools the CPU
The above is my hardware. I have Windows 7 Professional 64bit OS.
Sometimes when I am playing a game, it will do a weird partial shut down. The Mobo lights are still on, CPU fan is still running the GPU fan is still running, all the case fans are running but no picture is coming through to the monitor. I have to do a hard shutdown (turning the PSU off) then I usually have to hit the restart button because it gets stuck in the MSI boot splash screen.
I had the same issue when I first put the machine together. But through trial and error I fixed it by turning off the Cool and Silent and Unganged Ram features in the Bios setting. When I updated my bios a few weeks ago.. the weird partial shut downs started again. That's when I remembered the settings in BIOs and found that they had been turned back on. But when I turned them off again and went back to playing games, it happened again.
So I am wondering how I can troubleshoot. A lot of other websites are quick to blame the PSU... But I have seen many other Posts about people with the same Mobo I have and they have the same problem. I do not think it is possible that we all have failing PSUs but I am willing to check my PSU out just so I can rule it out. My PSU does not seem to displace a lot of air through the fan in the back... I do not know if that means anything or not but I remember most of my old PSUs displacing a LOT of air. I do not want to buy anything until I track down what ever it is that is causing the problem. I have a new Mobo picked out if it comes to that and a new PSU... and I am looking at GPUs as well.
Update: I went to the Corsair page and found that the PSU I have isn't supposed to spin the fan unless it is under a heavy load (Which it does I tested it with Borderlands 2). So I think I have ruled out the PSU as the culprit.
Edited by Grech, 16 August 2013 - 07:04 PM.