Topic Title: new to forum. looking to upgrade or optimize
Topic Summary: my system is about 5 years old and want to upgrade
Created On: 05/27/2014 12:37 AM
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 05/27/2014 12:37 AM
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vhaegar
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Graphics Card

AMD Catalyst Driver Version, and Driver History

AMD Radeon HD 6850 Series

driver 14.100.0.0  (did the whole wipe and redux thing)


Operating System
win 7 (64bit)

Issue Details

CPU always runs hot, ive tried 3 diff types of coolers

frame tearing, pixelization
Motherboard or System Make & Model

ASUS A99x Evo


Power Supply

ATX R350SS

530 watt

was using a thermalake 500W for a while and still runnning hot


Display Device(s) and Connection(s) Used
Im using a generic PnP monitor.  a 40" westinghouse HDTV. use to watch movies
I use a dell In1910n when gaming

Applications and Games

- list out all applications and games where the issue is occurring
- include details about version or patch numbers

CPU Details

AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 970 Processor

CPU SPEED:

3.52 GHz


Motherboard BIOS Version
- the BIOS version is displayed as soon as your system is powered on (ex: ASUS BIOS 1015)

System Memory Type & Amount
Corsair 4G x2 8.55 system memory

Additional Hardware
have 3 x 3" fans.  i know airflow is not optimal

Additional Details
Run malwarebytes once a week, check memory and cpu processes often for anything fishy. this system just doesnt seem to run like it should.

 

Im looking for my best bet for upgrades. should i get a bigger PSU and another GFX card and crossfire? or save for a more high end vid card?  thank you in advance for any help

 

 



Edited: 05/27/2014 at 01:36 AM by vhaegar
 05/30/2014 06:40 PM
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Here is a good deal for a good price. You can check/compare the benchmarks here.

 

 

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   



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Intel I7 960 @ 3.87ghz *Intel DX58SO *HIS HD6970 2gb *Corsair TX650M *2x4gb Corsair XMS3 *WD Black 1TB *Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit ***Asus N71Jq laptop *Intel I7 720QM Processor *Mobility Radeon HD5730 1gb *8gb Ram *Windows 7 64bit ** Toshiba P75-A7200 * Intel I7-4700MQ * Windows 8.1 64bit


 


 * A clear conscience is usually a sign of bad memory *



Edited: 05/30/2014 at 07:15 PM by stumped
 05/30/2014 07:54 PM
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In comparison.......

 



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Intel I7 960 @ 3.87ghz *Intel DX58SO *HIS HD6970 2gb *Corsair TX650M *2x4gb Corsair XMS3 *WD Black 1TB *Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit ***Asus N71Jq laptop *Intel I7 720QM Processor *Mobility Radeon HD5730 1gb *8gb Ram *Windows 7 64bit ** Toshiba P75-A7200 * Intel I7-4700MQ * Windows 8.1 64bit


 


 * A clear conscience is usually a sign of bad memory *

 05/30/2014 08:24 PM
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The question is, what are you wanting to do with it?

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 05/31/2014 08:25 AM
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i pretty much wanna optimize & plan out for a better GFX unit.  buy the same card i have and crossfire? will the PSU i have run 2 cards(prob not)? just buy a nicer card?   u really think an entire new board and CPU is nessecary?  pictures would prob help. my CPU just gets so hot! thanks for the help guys..

 05/31/2014 10:20 AM
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also, i have been trouble optimizing my display too. i want to use the 40 in HDTV i have as a gaming display.  but cant set up the resolutions correctly.  its a 40" Westinghouse VR- 4090 HDTV

 05/31/2014 11:05 AM
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Define "optimize & plan out for a better GFX unit."

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 06/06/2014 01:31 PM
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ok,  should i get a bigger PSU, buy an identical GFX card and crossfire them.  Or save and buy one of the new $300 range cards.  

 

also, setting the resolution on my 40in HDtv as my main gaming monitor.  what are the best settings?

 06/06/2014 10:02 PM
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Originally posted by: vhaegar ok,  should i get a bigger PSU, buy an identical GFX card and crossfire them.  Or save and buy one of the new $300 range cards.  

 

 

 

also, setting the resolution on my 40in HDtv as my main gaming monitor.  what are the best settings?

 

 

Best choice

  • Upgrade to a GOOD QULAITY 550W (750W - 850W if you want to Crossfire) Power Supply
  • But a new more powerful graphics card

Size of the screen doesn't matter, it's the resolution that counts. 24" 1920x1080 or 46" 1920x1080 is ging to be the same for the graphics card. It is still 2,073,600 pixels for both.

~$300 graphics card...R9-280X.

HD 6850 VS. R9-280X: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1077?vs=1041

Even if you buy 1 more HD 6850 for CrossfireX to make your performance ~2x more, one R9-280X is still 2.5x - 3.x faster than one HD 6850.



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FX-8350 @ 4.8GHz // ASUS Crosshair V Formula 990FX // Sapphire Vapor-X HD 7970 + Dual-X HD 7970 // Thermaltake Frio w/ push-pull (using Antec Formula 7 Nano-Diamond + Cooler Master JetFlo fans) // 8GB (2 X 4GB) G.Skill RipJawsX 2133MHz  // Corsair TX850 850W // Corsair Force GT 120GB SSD (OS) // Kingston V200+ 120GB SSD // WD Caviar Black 1TB // Windows 7 Ult x64

 06/24/2014 06:44 PM
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CPU always runs hot, ive tried 3 diff types of coolers

 

Did you reapply a good quality fresh thermal paste as well ?

Did you apply too much thermal paste maybe ?

 

Have you tried a closed-loop, install-ready liquid cooling solution for the cpu ?

 

Go for the R9 270X or R9 280X.

Upgrade your PSU.



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gigabyte X58A-UD3R rev.2, core i7 975 3.9ghz (stock voltage), windows 8.1 64-bit, corsair 12gb DDR3 1600mhz 7-7-7-20 RAM, xfx HD 5970 + gigabyte HD 5970 (stock clocks), coolermaster ultimate 900w PSU.
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 06/25/2014 12:05 PM
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I'd get a closed loop, an H110 if you can fit it in your case, for your CPU, & upgrade GPU first to something like an R9 280 or 280X like has been suggested.  A 280X will probably crush your current card in Crossfire if you got a second one, and it'll run cooler, more power efficiently, and has more vRAM (if memory serves)



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CPU: i7 3930k @ 4.6GHz 1.29V (Corsair H110-cooled) ~ Motherboard: Asus RoG Rampage IV Extreme 
RAM: G.Skill Sniper Gaming Series (4x4GB 2133MHz, CL9) ~ PSU: Corsair AX 1200W ~ Case: Enermax Fulmo GT
GPUs: 3x HIS R9 290X Reference (Core) Editions in TriFire, Max Load Temps: 71C/70C/71C during OC testing :-P

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