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    Question Is my 5-6 yr old PSU dying or do I need AVR?

    First my Specs:
    Ryzen 5 1600 OC at 3.750ghz 1.27500v
    Red Devil RX 570
    FSP Raider 650W 80+ Silver
    AsRock AB350M Pro 4
    Corsair Vengeance LPX 2x8GB 2400mhz
    SX8200 Pro NVME 512GB
    Seagate Barracuda 1TB
    Seagate Barracuda 320GB
    Storm Scout 2 Case with 6 x 120mm fans.
    NH-D15 Cooler

    Location: Philippines

    Hey guys, I've been experiencing fairly random restarts on my system. It always happens whenever I play games or anything that stresses the GPU. I suspected my GPU at first; an R9 380, then I replaced that with an RX 570 but I still get the reboot issues. Same trigger and randomness. So I suspected my PSU next, it's 4-6 years old by now, an FSP Raider 650W 80+ Silver. I'm looking at the Corsair CX550M(gray sticker) to replace it with and fits with my budget of around Php.4000/USD80. But then I started suspecting how common households in the rural parts of my country experience power fluctuations of varying degrees. I can tell from how sometimes the room fan spins faster or slower even if it's set to speed 1. That leads me to thinking maybe I just need an AVR. Just want to ask if you guys can help me pinpoint which is the likely culprit?

    If it's the PSU, while the CXm series are generally well regarded, are there other PSUs in the same price range that might be better or less expensive but has the same quality? The store link above is where I'll most likely buy it from and they offer other PSUs.

    If it's not the PSU and I need and AVR (or UPS with AVR) how do I choose a good one?

    Thanks guys.

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    Most modern supplies can handle around 90-264V, and you are running 220V, so I doubt voltage sag is to blame.

    Stop over-clocking and see how that helps.
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    AVR is only going to address problems on the AC end. Your PSU just sounds like it can no longer supply the adequate DC power your system needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Gerow View Post
    AVR is only going to address problems on the AC end. Your PSU just sounds like it can no longer supply the adequate DC power your system needs.
    I see, so do I need a higher wattage PSU than the CX550M I'm planning to buy or just that my PSU can no longer supply what it's supposed to due to it being old and the CX550M is going to be fine? The estimated Wattage from PCPP and other PSU Calculators online says I won't even need 400W or more.

    Thanks.

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    I've tested it with no OC and the issue still occurs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asianfatboy View Post
    I've tested it with no OC and the issue still occurs.
    Yeah. I don't think you need MORE power. I just think your PSU is failing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Gerow View Post
    Yeah. I don't think you need MORE power. I just think your PSU is failing.
    While I tend to agree, I would test the RAM with MemTest first.
    Last edited by ashiekh; 4 Weeks Ago at 07:57 PM.

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    Just got the new PSU and went through my usual games. No random Reboots so far. Will continue to monitor but hopefully it was my old, dying PSU that was the culprit. I want to say thanks again Jon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    While I tend to agree, I would test the RAM with MemTest first.
    I ran MemTest and there were no errors detected. Seems like it was my dying PSU, got a new one in and everything seems smooth sailing. Thanks!

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