Do i Have Enough Wattage
ok first i heard that your video card should be hooked to its own separate power line from the PSU, that seems tough.
i have a raidmax 420W PSU that came with my case, there are two separate power cables that come from it, each having 3 adapters to power things up.
so on the first line i have cd rom, dvd rom, floppy, HD1 andHD2.
and on the second line i have 6800gt, three 80mm case fans and two 12 inch cold cathode lights.
but, the total items i have running off the PSU are 4 case fans, 6800gt, cdrom, dvd rom, 2 hard drives, floppy, keyboard , mouse, zalman adjustable cpu cooler, and two 12" cold cathode lights.
does this seem like too much?
i just hooked the two 12" cold cathode lights today and a little while after the computer restarted itself and gave me an error that said.
the computer restarted itself after and unexpected shutdoun, microsoft windows detected a possible device failure, the driver for the display device was unable to complete a drawing operation, please check with the device manufacturer for a driver update,
then it said that the display driver for the nvidia 6800gt seems to be responsible for the failure..
the computer has restarted twice so far and gave me that message. i have turned the two lights off for now to see if that helps.
ASUS A8V Deluxe MOBO rev 2
AMD Athlon64 3500+ 90nm Winchester Core,OC'd @2.6ghz
PNY-Geforce 6800gt, OC@ 420/1.15
2x512MB Corsair Xms Xpert XL pc3200 2-2-2-5
2xWestern Digital Raptors 1-36.7G 1-74G 10,000 RPM HD/ 1x 160gb maxtor
Im water cooled now with swiftech mcw6002 and dangerden maze 4