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Random black screens and strange graphics card behavior

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11 hours ago, skidrush said:

Hi, thanks for the reply. I'm running the latest Nvidia driver 497.09 and I installed the 120gb ssd, the gpu, upgraded the ram from 4 to 16gb and i dont know if this matters but im running a 1 tb usb 3.0 portable hdd

There is the problem. The system is not supposed to have more then what it came with. You should look for a PSU upgrade. As @HelloPeople said somewhere around 450-500w is a good option for your build. If you want to feature proof yourself you should look on getting somewhere around 550-650w.

Hope this solved your issue.

For the past two months 2-3 times a month my monitor has been randomly turning black and my graphics card behaving weirdly. These black screens are caused by "hiccups" from my graphics card where the fan speed will suddenly increase for about half a second and the screen will turn black no matter what I am doing (gaming, browsing, typing a document), the screen will remain black and fans will then alternate between spinning at high and low speeds for random durations for a few seconds or sometimes a few minutes before completely shutting down or continuing to spin inconsistently until I shut down the system by holding the power button on the case. the card will only work when i power on the system after a power cycle and even then i get a black screen after 5 seconds and the fans shut down completely. the solution to getting the card to work again has been to unplug the power cable from the psu and leave the system untouched for an entire day and turn it on the next day where it will work for a whole month then do its "thing" again. this solution is no longer effective as had attempted it yesterday it but the card remains in a non functioning state. the card still spins for a few seconds after a power cycle but not after every power cycle, its random. this is expected but im beginning to get frustrated because this is a crucial time where i need my pc to get things done. any help would be greatly appreciated, my specs are listed below.

Specs:

Dell Optiplex 3020 MT (mini tower)
Intel core i5 4590
16GB Ram
120GB ssd
500GB hdd
Palit 1050ti dual oc

stock dell psu 290W

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Hey skidrush,

 

This could be both a physical and driver problem. Have you tried to update your graphic driver? If so, then what version are you running.

 

As of writing this I do realize that you have a stock 290w power supply. I'm not sure how well a 1050 TI oc version, and I5-4590 and 2 storage units and 16 gb ram will do on a 290w power supply. Have you installed some computer parts that did not belong to the system when you bought it? etc more storage

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6 hours ago, trashbin said:

Hey skidrush,

 

This could be both a physical and driver problem. Have you tried to update your graphic driver? If so, then what version are you running.

 

As of writing this I do realize that you have a stock 290w power supply. I'm not sure how well a 1050 TI oc version, and I5-4590 and 2 storage units and 16 gb ram will do on a 290w power supply. Have you installed some computer parts that did not belong to the system when you bought it? etc more storage

Hi, thanks for the reply. I'm running the latest Nvidia driver 497.09 and I installed the 120gb ssd, the gpu, upgraded the ram from 4 to 16gb and i dont know if this matters but im running a 1 tb usb 3.0 portable hdd

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I don't think your PSU is holding up. would it be possible to change the PSU? tried using a PSU calculator and you specs uses at least 220W already and the CPU and GPU can pull more if they need to sometimes so if you can change the PSU I recommend at least 450-500W or more.

 

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I am assuming that the system did not come with a GPU so I highly believe that the PSU is the problem here.

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11 hours ago, skidrush said:

Hi, thanks for the reply. I'm running the latest Nvidia driver 497.09 and I installed the 120gb ssd, the gpu, upgraded the ram from 4 to 16gb and i dont know if this matters but im running a 1 tb usb 3.0 portable hdd

There is the problem. The system is not supposed to have more then what it came with. You should look for a PSU upgrade. As @HelloPeople said somewhere around 450-500w is a good option for your build. If you want to feature proof yourself you should look on getting somewhere around 550-650w.

Hope this solved your issue.

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