Alright, here goes,
I was having GSODs (vertical lines, stuttering sound, reset required) at random times, even when idling.http://www.ngohq.com/news/17176-workaro ... issue.html
This was with a Q6600, 4x2GB DDR2 RAM, HD5770, 3 HDD's, 1 SSD, 1 PCI-e FW and 4 x 120mm fans all powered by a Seasonic S12-430W.
I upgraded since I figured it was related to my OC or maxed out RAM and I was in need for an upgrade anyway because I use PS on a daily base (for work) that eats a lot of RAM.
My current system is an i5 2500k (stock) and 4x4GB DDR3 with above components.
Still I'm having the same issues so that leaves the GPU and PSU which are the only parts that haven't been replaced.
Now, a lot of people seem to have issues with these HD5000 but could it be my PSU (5 years old) not providing enough juice?
One important question, since the Seasonic does not come with a PCI-e 6pin connector and I'm forced to use a 2 x molex to 6pin adapter is it ok to connect the 2 molex to one rail or should I divide it between two rails?
For now I have the HD5770 connected to one rail and the second rail powers the other components 3 HDD's, 1 SSD and 4 fans (some at 5V/7V)
I'm still in doubt what to do next:
- Buying a 550TI that has the same performance as the 5770, slightly higher power consumption but avoiding the faulty ATI's. If there are still GSOD's then I know for sure it's the PSU and will have to get the Corsair 650HX.
- Buying the Corsair 650HX PSU and if still GSOD's get the 550TI.
- or I could probably fix both issues in one go by getting a 640GT which does not require external power and consumes half the power of my current card, downside is that the performance is a lot lower.
What do you guys think? what route should I take. I cannot RMA the 5770 atm since I'm using my rig on a daily base. So I'll have to buy a new one, RMA the 5770 and then sell it.
Thanks in advance lads