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Computer power resets during some games

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I'm having a major issue with my system.  This was a pre-built from ibuypower (through Costco), my previous workstation died and I needed something that day as I work from home.  The system has never been overclocked or under-volted.



  • Intel i7-9700k @ 3.6GHz
  • ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 4-IB (custom ibuypower BIOS - latest from what I can tell)
  • Apacer 32GB Memory DDR4-2666 (1333 Mhz)
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB (powered)
  • Came with a WD Green 512GB SSD ( died, warranty upgraded to Blue 1GB )
  • Added another WD Blue 1GB SSD
  • Added external USB3 (external power) - 6TB WD Blue
  • Added two external USB2 WD 10GB easystore ... for back up only
  • [ I don't have the power rating of the power supply ]
  • Everything is on a APCC 1500 UPS

It's a very odd situation, in some games there is no issue in some games it happens 100% of the time and the graphic settings don't seem to make a difference.  The length of the session does not seem to matter either.  Sometimes it's within 10 minutes of game start, sometimes an hour later.

  • Diablo 3 - I don't recall it ever happening
  • World of Warships (Settings don't matter) - every once in a while
  • Astroneer (low poly game, max graphics) - almost 100% of the time.
  • Cities Skylines - almost 100% of the time (settings don't matter, size of city doesn't matter)

I have tried using bleed edge display drivers, studio drivers, drivers from months ago (a specific one a GeForce rep on a forum recommended for maximum stability). 


I'm at a loss on where to even begin diagnosing this.  I don't have any parts to swap them to narrow down the issue.

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If the pc just restarts by itself it's probably the PSU. Try lowering the powerlimit of both gpu and cpu and see if the issue still occurs

MOTHERBOARD: ASRock H97 Pro4 CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 @3.30 Ghz (-75mV Core // -5mV Cache) RAM: 32Gb (4x8Gb) Kingstone HyperX Fury DDR3@1600 Mhz (9-9-9-27)

GPU: MSI 390 8Gb Gaming Edition (-5mV // +80mhz core // +120mhz memory)  PSU: XFX TS 650w Bronze Enermax Revolution D.F. 650w 80+ Gold

STORAGE: SSD Samsung EVO 850 250Gb // HDD WD Green 1Tb // HDD WD Blue 4Tb // HDD WD Blue 160Gb MOUSE: Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum

MONITORS: Samsung CFG7 C24FG7xFQ @144hz // Samsung SyncMaster TA350 LT23A350 @60hz

CASE: Fractal Design Define R5 Windowed OS: Windows 10 Pro x64 Bit // Manjaro

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