I am attempting to put the finishing touches on a powerful multimedia and gaming desktop I've put together from bits and pieces I've collected from a variety of sources. Everything seems to have come together nicely, with few exceptions. However, when I am running particularly demanding programs (games, specifically), I often encounter a crash in which the computer, without having an error message of any type, stops sending data to the monitor. The tower is still fully powered, and would appear to be working as expected.
Having asked a few friends about the situation, some have suggested that the problem may be the power supply. In their opinion, the power supply cannot handle the workload I've placed upon it.
Another friend suggested that it may be the video card. I'm currently operating with an NVIDIA GeForce 7600GT. He made this suggestion based on past experience with other video cards. In his experience, video cards commonly have a seperate input for a power supply, whereas this one pulls directly through the motherboard. I disagreed, because I feel it is unlikely for NVIDIA to produce a card with the capabilities of this one without providing a powerful-enough supply of energy to utilize it.
Is there any way I can troubleshoot this to find out where the error lies? Perhaps some form of a logfile that would summarize what is going on within the video card/ power supply when the error occurs?
Thanks for reading!