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My new 2070 super was causing reboots in games after a few minutes. Yet it would fold at 100% both card and cpu. The symptom was more like PSU issues but it delivered the power. Yet I couldn’t discount it’s 11 years of age, 4 out of warranty, and near 24/7 use it’s whole life. Time to pull and replace random parts!

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I had pulled the new card and gone back to the old 1070. No issues. Perfect. But it was still an old PSU and I can’t discount it as a possible problem....ripped that out.

I need to protect my next ten years with a new unit and new decade warranty. In went an EVGA 850gq. Yes it’s way more power than I need but there’s not many choices in stock anywhere of the same quality. Out with a Corsair hx850 that was $200 new and top line gear (free. A contest prize)

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Illustration for article titled Shotgun maintenance!

A radiator cleanout, general dusting. And waaay more re-cabling than I thought.

No crashes now. Things are fine. I’ll give it 2 days to evaluate. Otherwise I’m back on the big folder card again and set for many updateless years to come. But it looks like transient voltage regulation was the sour spot. Where folding just needs steady state power, games need wild fluctuations immediately, something that extra 70 watts over my last card demanded.

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