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I've got a decently powerful machine. It's got a Ryzen 7, GTX 1660, and 16GB of RAM. I've had it for about a year and it worked very well, but lately it's been giving me problems. In various games, it will randomly freeze for upwards of 30 seconds to a full minute. This happened with multiple games, all of which used to run perfectly fine. At first I thought it was a driver issue, so I went in and updated every single driver on my PC. This worked for about a week, then the issues came back again, but the drivers are still up to date. I've tried using antivirus software to see if I caught something, but everything was clean. I even went as far as reinstalling Windows on my hard drive, wiping everything for a clean slate. No success. I built this PC primarily for gaming, and this issue has made it a $700 paperweight for me. If anyone can help me figure out what's wrong with my machine, I would owe you many beers.
 

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It seems that having to many usb device inputs can cause this issue. To many background programs running is an issue as well..
 

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Hello

It seems that having to many usb device inputs can cause this issue. To many background programs running is an issue as well..
I've already closed all unneeded background processes. I tried again after unplugging everything except the keyboard and mouse. No change.
 

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Strange that you built the PC but don`t know what PSU is in there, a PC is only as good as the PSU that powers it and if you can`t remember such important information the PSU can`t be anything special.
Thanks. Very helpful. I had a friend help me build it, and he knows more about the parts than I do. If you can't tell by my username, I'm a noob at this.
 

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That is a budget PSU and being that it is not even Bronze efficiency rated it definitely shouldn't be used to support anything more than the most basic of add on video cards, the type that are no good for gaming to be more precise, if you check here you will find your model of PSU on subsection ( low priority units - minor issues or lack of info ) of Tier D • Recommended only for very cheap, iGPU systems

I would see if you are able to borrow an appropriate 500W or above PSU to swap in for testing purposes, if you can do that we can suggest some programs for testing your GPU.
 

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That is a budget PSU and being that it is not even Bronze efficiency rated it definitely shouldn't be used to support anything more than the most basic of add on video cards, the type that are no good for gaming to be more precise, if you check here you will find your model of PSU on subsection ( low priority units - minor issues or lack of info ) of Tier D • Recommended only for very cheap, iGPU systems

I would see if you are able to borrow an appropriate 500W or above PSU to swap in for testing purposes, if you can do that we can suggest some programs for testing your GPU.
I've been considering an upgrade for a while anyway. Is there a PSU you would recommend? Also, if it's such a bad PSU, then why did it work for so long? Do they tend to wear out over time rather than outright failing?
 

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Can I ask that you do not quote every reply as we have to read the full post to make sure nothing gets missed,, thanks.

EVGA are a good brand and if it hadn`t of been you would most likely of had it pop by now, the model of PSU that you have was first released back in 2013, was it out of the box new when you did this build last year,

Before making any purchase if you cannot borrow an appropriate 500W or above PSU to swap in for testing purposes it is strongly advised that you get the computer tested by a local tech who will have an appropriate PSU to swap in.
 

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I got the PSU brand new, and I've had the PC for a little over a year. I don't have the ability to borrow a PSU, and so I checked several different wattage calculators online. My build only needs about 315 watts, and a few of the calculators recommended this exact PSU to me. Is the difference between the 80 Plus ratings the biggest reason why this PSU is no good? I can get a bronze rated 650W PSU from Corsair, but that seems like overkill, since my hardware is fairly mid to low range.
 

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o I checked several different wattage calculators online. My build only needs about 315 watts, and a few of the calculators recommended this exact PSU to me.

If your GPU fails because you have followed the guidance of online wattage calculators who do you think would end paying for a replacement GPU. the online wattage calculators, the GPU manufacturer or you, I suspect that you know the answer.

What is the brand name of the GTX 1660 that you have.

The reason why that PSU is no good for gaming is because it is cheaply made, thin wire and weaker capacitors and less built in safety features, EVGA have done nothing wrong as they don`t promote their budget range as anything other than just that, neither do Corsair who only recommend their Bronze efficiency rated PSU be used for home or office type computers, their exact words about the CX range are "CX Series Modular power supply units are an excellent choice for basic system builds and desktop PC computer upgrades, offering high reliability, low noise, and the flexibility of modular cabling. "

Note the word basic
 

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Look, I'm just trying to make sure this is the actual problem before I drop money on a new component. There's no need for the condescension. I'm not running games at 4K with maxed out settings. Half my game library is filled with titles released before 2010. I'm not going to spend tons of money on some platinum rated high wattage PSU if my PC doesn't need one. If the one I've got is about to fail then I'll replace it, but I don't need anything super powerful.

As for what brand my 1660 is, it's made by MSi and Nvidia.
 

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Look, I'm just trying to make sure this is the actual problem before I drop money on a new component. There's no need for the condescension.

If you feel that I have been anything other than helpful or that I have been condescending please feel free to report the relevant post/s to the site manager or owner.

The following guidance was suggested so as to try and save you money and to explain why some PSUs are not appropriate for use when there is an add on GPU such as yours present.

I would see if you are able to borrow an appropriate 500W or above PSU to swap in for testing purposes, if you can do that we can suggest some programs for testing your GPU.
Before making any purchase if you cannot borrow an appropriate 500W or above PSU to swap in for testing purposes it is strongly advised that you get the computer tested by a local tech who will have an appropriate PSU to swap in.
The reason why that PSU is no good for gaming is because it is cheaply made, thin wire and weaker capacitors and less built in safety features, EVGA have done nothing wrong as they don`t promote their budget range as anything other than just that, neither do Corsair who only recommend their Bronze efficiency rated PSU be used for home or office type computers, their exact words about the CX range are "CX Series Modular power supply units are an excellent choice for basic system builds and desktop PC computer upgrades, offering high reliability, low noise, and the flexibility of modular cabling. "

Note the word basic


As for what brand my 1660 is, it's made by MSi and Nvidia.

MSI recommend a minimum of a 450W PSU for their three versions of the GTX 1660, an EVGA 600 GD is less expensive than anything that is 450, 500 or 550W.

This thread with no satisfactory answer ever being available is closed.
 
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