View Full Version : Graphics card causing PC to not turn on

19-04-2009, 05:02 PM
I was just browsing youtube yesterday when suddenly my pc died without warning. The fans didn't wind down or anything it just stopped dead.

I thought it would most likely be the motherboard/PSU so I borrowed a spare PSU from a mate and put it in. Didn't work. So I unplugged everything but the motherboard and cpu power connectors and it worked. Through a process of elimination I discovered if the graphics card is plugged in to the power the PC will not start. Even the fans will not start.

To test this I started the PC with no power connecting to the video card, and when it had been going for a minute or 2 I plugged the power into the video card. My PC instantly died.

I am currently running on my 32mb inbuilt video off my motherboard

As the motherboard is AGP I am going to be buying a new one plus a new video card in the next few days.

My question is, what would cause the computer to not work when the video card is plugged into the power? Not even the cpu fan would start. Nothing at all would work.

What do you think of these for replacements?
I can only spend about $400


19-04-2009, 05:12 PM
Could be the Video Card playing up, or could also be the AGP slot -

As for the two items you linked - both good for mid range activity - I use and sell a few to my own customers.

BTW - what CPU is in your current PC,the new board, it requires a Socket 775, so your Current CPU will also need to be socket 775 other wise it wont work.

19-04-2009, 05:26 PM
I reckon the AGP slot is stuffing up the power.

The motherboard and GFX card is good, but it may be overkill if you have a slow processor.

What CPU and PSU do you currently have?


19-04-2009, 05:54 PM
double post sorry

19-04-2009, 05:54 PM
Im running an intel e4600 and an enermax liberty 400w PSU

19-04-2009, 06:16 PM
That motherboard will work fine with your CPU then.
What monitor do you have?
For smaller monitors get the 9600GSO instead


19-04-2009, 06:29 PM
I've got a 22inch samsung 1680x1050 res

So I should probly go with the 9600gt to play games on that res right?

19-04-2009, 06:46 PM
Why not the 4830 for that price?

Much better performance

19-04-2009, 10:50 PM
is there any difference between the XFX version and this version? As this shop is very close to my house so I can pick it up - I just don't trust NZ post.


19-04-2009, 11:06 PM
The XFX has a better warranty, looks better, and cools better

Wouldn't worry about courier, Playtech are generally very reliable and even if it does get lost in the post they will definetly send you a new one.

They also honour warranties:D


20-04-2009, 08:25 AM
If you live close to ifocus, then get that card. You wont usually have any problems with ifocus concerning warranties if one is needed.

You would be better off paying a little extra and buying an Asus branded card if you are concerned about warranties, they come with a 3 year warranty.

20-04-2009, 02:02 PM
Alright I think that's what I will probably end up doing. It's not that I don't trust playtech, I just don't trust the posties :(

20-04-2009, 02:55 PM
Well the only way to find out is to get another card and find out if it works. Then you'll know if it's video card of motherboard