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Q: Envy Phoenix 860-019, lags every time after playing 2 mins g...

I just got the brand new phoenix 860 this morning. it's the model with GTX 960 inside. Every time I start to play game, the fps is very high during the first 1-2 minutes. And then the fps just fall to around 10. I've got the latest driver, so I wonder whether there's something else wrong?--------------Update: Problem Solved by myself.It's the design of the data wires inside. The wire is too long, it bended and touched the fan on the graphic card and stop the fan. That leads to a very high temperature of the GPU. Now i rearranged the wire and problem solved.

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I have done some research and this is what I came up with:
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A:Assembling a computer for the first time

I think those are great choices.
 

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A:What would you buy for playing games?

An i5 with a good video card. Games are GPU intensive so you'll need a video card to handle the latest games with 8 gigs of memory.

I personally play on a PC. There are those who play on a laptop. It boils down to a personal preference. if you need the mobility you go laptop. However, I can build a PC significantly cheaper.
 

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A:Is my PC good for gaming and recording for youtube at the same time?

Do you have any connectivity issues or slow load times? Also, what is the make and model of your power supply?

Otherwise you should be fine.
 

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Also I on a budget and probably won't pay over $500
 

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A:Good specs for gaming PC? First time

Did you already purchase the items above or is that what you have in mind for purchasing? What is your overall budget for your Gaming PC? What types of games are you going to be playing on this PC? The AMD FX-8350 is a good CPU, but if you want any kind of future proofing, I would suggest getting an Intel. If you let us know how much you can spend, we can help you build one that will be better for future games.
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A:Laptop keeps turning off when playing video's or games

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A:Tenda wifi router need configuration every time

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My current setup :

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A:Laptop not keeping time, CMOS battery good

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A:CPU jumps to 100% then back to normal when playing games

Alright, what's the process taking up 100% CPU?
 

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Three times actually.

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How many autoupdate programs are running in your services AND
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A:My computer lags a semingly random intevals i.e after restart / or 2 days later.

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A:All of a sudden, my games lags

Have you tried to uninstall the Godus game to see if that fixes the problem? Even if it doesn't, its worth a try. You can always re-install it afterwards if it does or doesn't correct the issue.
 

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Something like this is a good base. You can get a slightly lower motherboard, leave out the sound card, and put more money into GPU and PSU. Other people can help with that.

Do you need to purchase a Windows license, monitors, kb/mouse?
 

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Are you using updated graphic drivers? This is usually the case with a lot of people. What are your temps like? Did you overclock your card or processor at all? What sort of settings are you trying to play your games on? A GTX 680 should handle most games perfectly fine. But, you never know. Are you running any other programs while trying to game?
 

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Did this laptop come with Windows 7 Ultimate or did you purchase the OS and thus installed it?
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matrix86 said:





(everyone always says stay away from OEM coolers...go after market)Click to expand...

I would only make that recommendation based on whether the person will be overclocking. Neither Intel or AMD will package their CPU with a cooler that not sufficiently adequate under non-overclock conditions.

Have you assembled a parts list or are awaiting feedback first?
 

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A:Any recommendations for a first time builder?

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A:First time getting a gaming computer

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A:$1k gaming rig, first time builder

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A:Upgrading my PC, time for a new GPU

If you don't do much gaming and no video editing then the 7870 and 660ti are waaaaaay too overkill.
take a look at the HD7770 instead.
 

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You don't need anywhere near $4-5k to play MMOs even on a 2560x1600 screen. The most demanding games are FPSs and some RPGs. If you're doing a lot of CPU intensive work then go with an X79/3930K build but otherwise a 3570K will be fine, and you'll have a lot of your budget left over.
 

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Hi Rage.

Honestly speaking, I find that the choice of CPU, whether AMD or Intel, should not warrant that you look at an upgrade too soon. I have been using the Phenom II X3 720 for three years now and still it performs really well for most purposes.

Now benchmarks do reveal that the Intel (Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge) are far superior to their AMD (Bulldozer / Phenom II) counterparts. Consider the i5 3570k (the CPU you incidentally suggested for my new build). It costs around $229 which is 20% more as compared to AMD's flagship FX 8150. Although the AMD has 8 cores it is outperformed by the quad core Intel by around 40% (and above) in most benchmarks. In games, the 3570K stock outperforms an overclocked 8150 by approx. 30%.

The above, however, are just numbers. For most everyday tasks you should be fine with either CPU. If gaming at 1920x1080, your GPU will likely be the most limiting factor as neither CPU will cause any bottlenecks.

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One thing of note is that the Phenom IIs have generally benched better than the Bulldozers. That makes me sad as expectations from AMD were much higher.
 

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A:IRQs and DPCs consuming 90% of CPU time

Assuming you have scanned for malware, I would suggest a system file scan, using "sfc /scannow" &/or "chkdsk" from a command prompt, if no good a repair install of xp, if you can get hold of a disk. Otherwise, might be looking at hardware failure (could try reseating RAM too?)
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Is there any reason why you are matching the K version CPU with H77 motherboard chipset?

From what I hear the H77 is not very overclock friendly which is what the CPU K version represents.

Edit:
I would consider the nVidia GTX 660 Ti or wait a few weeks for the GTX 660 to be released. If the GTX 660 is too high a price the GTX 650 should release about the same time as the GTX 660. I'm not strickly nVidia, it has been awhile since I looked at AMD's offerings.
 

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A:Computer crashing/restarting when playing games

Hi, You should find out what Graphic card you have, and download the correct driver for it.
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im no expert but it could be your refresh rate on the second monitor is different from the first so that could be it,

1.go to control panel under appearance and personalization click adjust screen resolution

2.click the monitor you want to change

3.click advanced setting and monitor tab and change the refresh rate

and your gaming fps should not go down through the multi display set up unless your doing something graphic/cpu demanding task
 

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A:My PC crashes while playing games

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A:Laptop reducing FPS when playing games after cleaning Sirefef trojans

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A:Where is my keyboard? First time bootup.

Perhaps. This sounds like you need to update the USB drivers. I just built a new system and most of my USB 3.0 were not working. I had to update to the latest offerings. You may need a BIOS upgrade as well.
 

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A:Sound/video stutters all the time

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A:Making a computer for the first time, need some tips

Hi,

Knowing your budget and location (I presume US since you mentioned Newegg) would be excellent.

Some questions:

Do you want a silent-and-sleek build? or a more in-your-face gaming rig?
How much storage do you think you'll need? there's no point in adding a 3TB HDD if you'll never fill it.
Do you need a display to go with your new build? how about other accessories?
Will you also be using your PC on workstation tasks such as media encoding, 3D modelling, image editing?

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Here are some alternatives:
- you might like this one.
- this one
- or this one
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We TechSpotters know quite a bit about GPUs and will help you choose the one that suits your needs. :grinthumb
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This is a very good and comprehensive up-to-date guide to assembling a modern PC.

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A:First time assembling my own system

I think this will be an excellent system. What HSF will you be using? Hopefully not the retail one with the rest of the machine being so top-notch. It might also be worth going with a pair of 8GB DIMMs instead of 4x4. It should be fairly close in price but give you a better upgrade path in the future.
 

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That is setting the boot priority for each type. You will need to set values for the specific boot types.

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A:My PC lags

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A:Computer shuts down during playing games

The problem is your power supply, 300 is not enough for gtx 560ti, get 550+, open your case and look at your powersupply,
 

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A:Mouse freezes each time laptop is turned on

Brand, model, age, and configuration of laptop?
 

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A:First time building a new gaming PC -- want to cut cost.

- Get a cheaper motherboard, you're probably not going to use a lot of its functions (i.e. dual, triple graphics cards)
- Get cheaper RAM, you won't notice the difference between 2133 and 1600Mhz when gaming/surfing
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- The PSU is great, but the Corsair TX series are just as good and quite a bit cheaper. You only need about 600W for your system as it is, but if you plan on going SLI later 850W would be a good idea.
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As for upgrades:
- Definitely invest in an aftermarket HSF, even with a cheap one you can OC the 2500K to 4.5Ghz easy.
 

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A:Time for a new motherboard

steelth said:





if i install a new board do i have to do anything different with my hdd,, like reinstall windows or anything?.Click to expand...

YES!!!! What OS? Although it is possible if you remove all drivers and back them up on a flash drive. Be prepared to loose all info as you will have a 50/50 shot this way. I would backup files (do you have an old IDE drive?) and do a fresh install if it were me. Do you have an OEM Windows cd or is it a cd that came with your computer?

"When you swap the HD into new hardware and start up, it will switch out all of the drivers requesting several restarts. I have experienced no performance hit doing this about a dozen times. Some say it will not work on a different number of cores, but I haven't tried it yet.

I always immediately go to Computer>Properties and reinstall the product key, although several others have said that isn't necessary. I just assume it requires reactivation on new hardware. If activation fails, you can always run a Repair Install which resets activation."
 

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I hope you guys can help me a bit!

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intel core i7 first generation
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A:PC shuts down when playing games

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http://esupport.sony.com/perl/model-home.pl?mdl=VGN-NW350F/B
 

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among my other initial questions... Should I go ahead and set the SSD to primary and the HDD to secondary?
 

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I think there has to be something in my backround processes that is eating up so much memory.

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A:Constant 100% CPU usage, lag spikes on laptop while playing games

Try downloading and running this tool:
http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/files/file/187-tfc-temp-file-cleaner-by-oldtimer/

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A:Time to get new gaming speakers

check this out, http://www.creative.com/products/speakers/usage/?nav=gaming
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A:USB stop working after playing games

make sure the usb drivers are installed still. right click my computer, properties, hardware tab, device manager. see if there are any missing drivers. if there are, install them.

~ttm
 

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A:DNS time-out warnings

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A:Problem officer? First time computer build!

Your monitor (Samsung SyncMaster 906BW from the other thread) runs a max resolution of 1440 x 900 so unless you plan on changing it for a larger monitor which supports higher reoslution you can look at lower specification graphics cards and check their performance in reviews/Tomshardware/Anantech sites to see if it would be suitable for your gaming needs. I suggest looking at benchmarks and search for the graphics card you are considering and the games you play to see how it performs at the 1440x900 (or similar 1680 x 1050, 1366 x 768m etc.) resolution.





Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277 Should i get 2 pairs, or just stay with the 4gb?Click to expand...

Just one, 4GB should be fine. Plus you can always get more later if you need it. For gaming anything over 8GB is generally considered overkill. I'd start with the 4GB.





Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115220 This is the most expensive item, should i stick with the i5, or can i go with an i3?Click to expand...

If I remember correctly i5 is a quad core (4 CPU cores in one) part. i3 is dual core, with this is in mind more and more games are utilizing multiple processor cores so I wouldn't recommend anything below a 4 core processor. If you want to save some money I'd go for an AMD quad core or 6 core CPU instead of the i3. You won't need the i5 for the games you have listed but it is a better performer. What you are looking at is from the first generation of Intel i processors (socket 1156). I would look at the i5 2400 (socket 1155) instead. ~$15 more for on average 20% better performance, but we can possibly make savings on your other choices.

For a cheaper option either and AMD Phenom II processor (X4 or X6, 4 or 6 core), or one of the new A8 ones with the Fusion core.
Phenom II X4 could be had for about ~$50 less than the i5 ($129.99) and a AM3+ motherboard for under $100 and give similar gaming performance in most current titles. And AMD will be releasing a new processor range(Bulldozer) that will use the same AM3+ socket so gives you room for upgrades in the future.

With the AMD A8 option (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942 - $139.99) you could do what we discussed in the other thread and get that system without a graphics card and use the built in GPU, and get a graphics card later on if you felt you needed it. Only thing is I haven't really been that interested in the Fusion APU(combined CPU and GPU) series from AMD and have no knowledge of their roadmap for upgrades for the FM1 socket motherboards it is paired with.





Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131783 nothing much to say about it, does it work with everything else?Click to expand...

You have picked out a socket 1155 motherboard so your original CPU choice (socket 1156) wouldn't have been compatible. It's a different version of the one I have in my computer (Asus P8P67 Pro). A good choice. Although you can get cheaper motherboards the Asus is a good choice in my opinion. I'd maybe look at the Z68 chipset motherboards. This is a newer intel chipset and allows for the use of the graphics core that comes on the i5 processor. I believe most motherboard manufacturers are producing boards with "graphics switching" that allows the use of the low power GPU core when just doing stuff in Windows/OS and the dedicated graphics card when gaming. This saves a little on your electricity bill and means you don't have to listen to graphcis cards fan spinning when your on facebook/email etc. It's not going to be good enough for gaming but it also gives you a relatively free backup in case anything goes wrong with your graphics card,

Perhaps - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128520 $99.99
Or - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128502 (wit... Read more

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I just got a new TV and ive connected it to my computer.

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abit hard to explain but heres a video... Watch what happens when i close google chrome...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2-driwkdIM

it might be because of my old graphics card which is a ATI radeon 4650

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Updated video card drivers?
 

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A:Need help ASAP, first time building PC

The Athlon II X4 640 is around $100. For a minimal premium I would recommend this CPU:

AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2GHz - Now: $104.99

As for mobo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ AMD 970 - $99.99

The Crucial kit that you've opted for is not a very good performer. Go for the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) instead.
 

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A:Built a new computer for first time, monitor doesn't get a signal

Power supply is connected twice to the motherboard, once to the graphics card, and once to the hard drive.Click to expand...

There are more connections than that. What about the 24 pin main motherboard power connection and the 4 pin CPU power connector?
 

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