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Strange one this... 2 problems that might be linked.


When running either 2 LCD or 1 CRT & 1 LCD in Dual head mode my system
keeps freezing up or running VERY slowly intermittently. However when a
single screen is connected everything is (well was) fine. Just this
week the system has started freezing & then restarted giving me a
Windows error code as usual. The lock & restart again seem to be
intermittent.


I am running the following


AMD64 4000+ 939
MSI Neo Platinum Pro MB (nForce 4 chipset)
2Gb DDR400 RAM
Leadtek PCIe 6600GT
4x 250Gb SATA HDD
1x 250Gb PATA HDD
1x LiteOn DVD DL
1x LiteOn DVD ROM
Thermaltake 380W PSU
Chenbro Gaming Bomb Case


I am thinking 2 possible causes...


1 - Heat (Although I feel I have ample cooling)


2 - PSU (Is a 380W TT ample for this rig?)


One of my main uses for this baby is serious work with Photoshop &
thats seems to be where the freezing occurs the most!


I am losing major time & dollars with these issues... Any ideas would
be GREATLY appreciated!


Cheers


Mike.
 

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@ MrPiquet
Welcome :smile:
I think you are right on with your assessment

My first guess is that the PSU is being overworked. I would recommend investing in a larger PSU. Select a name brand like Antec, Enermax, Seasonic and with a power rating of 500Watts or more.

It is possible that your Video card is overheating, since this problem only occurs when a second monitor is plugged in and under heavy Photoshop usage. Try monitoring your temps at idle and under heavy load and see if they are excessive when using PS. You can also try running PS with your case side off and a larger AC fan pointing into your case to test the temps/overheating theory. This test doesn't definitively point to the video card, as this test is cooling your whole system and may allow the PSU to work less harder and more efficiently and stay within specs and not fail. So a larger quality PSU is still a good investment with your heavily loaded system and PS usage.

Keep us posted of your progress.
 

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You might take a look at this calculator Just remember you can never have to much power supply. :sayyes:
Make sure you have plenty of air moving around the video card. I had to add a 80mm fan to blow air back to the card Dropped the temps 6C. :sayyes:
 
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