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When gaming, comp seems to go to sleep after 1-2 mins

Q: When gaming, comp seems to go to sleep after 1-2 mins

Hi all,

First off:

Athlon XP 1700
512Mb PC-133 SDRAM
WinXP Prof
DX 9.0
Geforce4 Ti4200 128Mb(Driver, 11/18/2002)
Dell 17" monitor, little old...

First, the problem in the subject, then something else.

Ok, within the last week, if I play a full screen game, any game, my computer will seem to go into sleep mode after 1-2 minutes. The monitor powers down, the sound goes off, but the comp doesn't turn off completely. It will stay running fine all day in windows, but as soon as I fire up a game... poof.

So far, I've upgraded from dx 8.1 to 9.0, and updated my video card drivers to the latest version.

My other problem is that I cannot run my processor at full speed. If I turn it up to full, and again, try to play a game, my computer will lock. There will be a split second of static in the sound, and the screen is just froze.

I don't know if there's a connection, but does this sound familiar to anyone?

Thanks in advance.

Preferred Solution: When gaming, comp seems to go to sleep after 1-2 mins

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: When gaming, comp seems to go to sleep after 1-2 mins


what temps your machine running at. It could be a oerheating problem if the CPU is faulty.


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I have been having this problem for a while now

My laptop will go through the startup fine then the desktop pops up fine and then I can open something right away and then after a few mins the curser will do its thinking thing and thats it! It never opens and it says not responding in the box on top.

So My wife had problems in the past like this so I asked her and I opened in safe mode, then I downloaded malewarebyes and it detected 3 problems 1 was a trojan, 1 was hijack, and 1 was adware.
So I removed them and also removed the expired trend micro titanium thinking that might be it also and then I thought it will work yea.... NOPE it didnt! so Ive been reading problems and what they did to fix it and I have no clue what to do. I do think its with the programs at startup but idk please help!ASAP

A:help my comp freezes after a few mins after startup

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Been having BSOD issues for some time, but haven't had time to get around to fixing. Have read the instructions to report dmp files here, hoping I did everything correctly.

Computer runs fine in safe mode, but BSOD returns every time I boot up normal. Usually after about 5 mins of use. No drivers identified on blue screen, in fact it locks up during crash dump.

Any help greatly appreciated. Willing to wipe comp clean and reinstall everything if necessary. Also prepared to scrap comp and purchase new.

Working with Acer Aspire 5734z-4836, approx 3-4 yrs old.


A:Consistent BSOD after about 2 mins of comp use

McAfee is a frequent cause of BSOD's. I see that you have MSE already installed. So please remove McAfee.

Start Menu\Programs\McAfee Public:Start Menu\Programs\McAfee Public
Microsoft Security Essentials & the Free version of Malwarebytes, update and make full scans separately: Uninstallers (removal tools) for common antivirus software - ESET Knowledgebase
Help protect your PC with Microsoft Security Essentials
Malwarebytes Free

Do not start the trial version of MalwareBytes

You may also take a look at: Good & Free System Security Combination
Reduce the start-up items, Antivirus software is basically whats required. Remove Startup Programs in Windows 7
Clean Startup in Windows 7
Run the System File Checker that scans the of all protected Windows 7 system files and replaces incorrect corrupted, changed/modified, or damaged versions with the correct versions if possible: Click on the
Type CMD on Search
Left click and Run as Administrator
Type SFC /scannow - read here
Run Disk Check on your Hard Drive for file system errors and bad sectors on it - read here
Make scans with these tools - TDSSKiller Rootkit Removal Utility Free Download | Kaspersky Lab US
Online Virus Scanner Eset
Upload a screenshot using: CrystalDiskInfo For how to upload a screenshot or file, read here
Test your Hard D... Read more

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Last night I upgrade the RAM on my mother's computer. She has an HP Pavillion 533w with 256mb RAM stock and I added a stick of KByte 512mb RAM to the empty slot. I have installed memory before and I did what I normally do and it powered right up, the system read that it had 768 mb RAM...but after about 15 mins it shut off (it did not go thru shut down, just powered off). I rebooted and after another 10-15 it did the same thing. I have not had time to fiddle with it since but I also thought I should seek some advice first. Does anyone have any thought to trouble shooting this?

Thank you.

A:Upgraded RAM, comp shuts off after 15 mins...

GSixZero said:


Last night I upgrade the RAM on my mother's computer. She has an HP Pavillion 533w with 256mb RAM stock and I added a stick of KByte 512mb RAM to the empty slot. I have installed memory before and I did what I normally do and it powered right up, the system read that it had 768 mb RAM...but after about 15 mins it shut off (it did not go thru shut down, just powered off). I rebooted and after another 10-15 it did the same thing. I have not had time to fiddle with it since but I also thought I should seek some advice first. Does anyone have any thought to trouble shooting this?

Thank you.Click to expand...

try taking the stick you installed out. if it works, try putting the old stick in the other slot. if it still works, then it's a problem with the new DIMM. if it doesn't work, then there's a problem with that memory slot.



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ok, so my comp just recently started freezing for no reason its a 2004 Dell with a 60 gig HDD never had problems before the fan works and its not overheating ive checked all that and it runs perfectly in safe mode (like i hope it should regardless) but ill start up m8y comp and it will run great until i try opening something then it stays frozen for hours and the loading noise comps do well it does that but then makes like a clicking noise (its not the hard drive i got it checked out) if you could please help that would be wonderful id much rather not spend 300 to 800 bucks on a new comp with an operating system im not particularly fond of

A:my comp freezes maybe 15 mins of start up i have no idea why please help

Hi there,

Please answer the following:
1) Is that clicking noise mechanical (as in physically your computer) or is it caused by the software side (as in the OS itself, or any other program running).
2) You say the problems started just recently. Did you install any programs, or did you do anything suspicious in particular (e.g. downloading, visiting risky websites, and so on).
3) In safe mode this does not happen?

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Hello, I cannot figure out why I am bluescreening after a few moments of gaming. I have re-installed my OS recently just to be sure I did not have a virus or such and it is still doing. I have all the latest drivers and everything seems to be working fine. I will attach a DXDIAG and two minidumps. Thanks guys ahead of time for the help!

A:BSOD after gaming for a few mins

And it will only bluescreen while I am gaming. So maybe under "heavy load."

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Hi i was playing Trove with friends while watching a twitch stream,
and after a few mins i keep getting BSOD
Thanx for Looking

A:BSOD after few mins of gaming

Ok mate some odd dumps and I would suggest running these first after reseating abd cleaning the sticks and slots


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html< if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2 (insafe mode)

if no go then




ADW download frombleeping computer delete any rubbish found with the malware scans

(NB If one is runningKaspersky security it may rant about ADW - just ignore it or disable Kasperskywhile the ADW is being used)


Now as for the slots toclean them use a strip of old credit card (or any card thin enough some arebetter than others ) about 1/2 inch wide nip the corners off one end - preferably round them offhold a piece of thin lint free cloth over theend dab on some form of alcohol - isopropyl alcohol (what we swab the skin withbefore an injection) is good and GENTLYswipe along the slots.

This can also be done for the GPU slot/s andalso the contacts of the sticks or cards - not the stick but some lint freecloth of course. See my pic for the sick but please be very gentle doing it ifyou are in any doubt - please ask before doing it but I use this all the timeand have yet to damage anything

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I have two systems a N650SLI-DS4 and a GA-EP35-DS3L hooked up to a Trednet KVM switch. If I put the GA-EP35-DS3L to sleep and switch to the N650SLI-DS4, the GA-EP35-DS3L system wakes up. The only way I have been able to keep it in sleep is if I hold the switch for the N650SLI-DS4 while pressing the sleep button and then switching to the N650SLI-DS4 immediately the GA-EP35-DS3L won't turn on until I press the power button. Now the N650SLI-DS4 doesn't have the problem. I went into the BIOS and disabled the keyboard and mouse wakeup but don't know what else to check. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to check next?

This is what happened to me for the past few years. This week I just replaced my N650SLI-DS4 with an ASUS P8Z77-V LK board. The Asus also does NOT show the same issue that the GA-EP35-DS3L has. Could this just be an issue with the power supply?


A:GA-EP35-DS3L sleep and KVM switch wakes comp from sleep

npolite, it could be that you have "wake on lan" set on in your network card.


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My two and a half year old pc, after switching graphic card, started to get BSOD about two weeks ago, saying Whea uncorrectable error. I did some research, and tried resetting CMOS, updating BIOS, and memtest86 to see if my rams are done. I also used some intel tools to check if my cpu has problem, but there was no signs. I thought about updating my drivers, but nothing worked. I did not oc my cpu, and it was at safe temperature while gaming, around 50-65.

I got really confused, so I decided to reinstall os, I cleaned out everything with a fresh install. My pc worked well with no BSOD for a week. I did not copy any of my backup files on my external hard drive to the reinstalled pc, and now while I was playing game(assassin's creed syndicate this time) , it happens again, still WHEA UNCORRECTABLE ERROR. I am confused that it does not seem like driver or software issues, so would it be hardware issues?

I have no idea on how to read dump files or anything and can't seem to solve it by myself so I decided to seek help.



A:BSOD while gaming and then happens within 10 mins after booting

So, I am trying to update some information here I found just now. I am still trying to figure out what is going on. Today, this only happened once after the pc has booted up, and I was at the login screen. I just did a full backup before it happens again. I was reading the eventlog and kept seeing something like this with different processor numbers:

Processor 7 in group 0 exposes the following power management capabilities:

Idle state type: ACPI Idle (C) States (2 state(s))
Performance state type: ACPI Performance (P) / Throttle (T) States
Nominal Frequency (MHz): 3901
Maximum performance percentage: 100
Minimum performance percentage: 41
Minimum throttle percentage: 41

Does this mean something wrong with my psu or motherboard?

And here is the new error zip. Thanks again!


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A:computer crashes 30 mins after gaming only

have you turned the graphics back down? set to minimal, also put your GPU back in hahaha

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Hi all,

This is making me frustrated.My win8.1 pro desktop system,is going to sleep after a few mins of staying idle.I was having windows 7 before this and I never faced any issue.It was recently that I upgraded my OS to windows 8.1 pro. This is a clean install of the OS.

By staying idle, I mean, I am reading some newspaper or some pdf file or something like that online without any activitiy on the keyboard.After a few mins, it automatically goes into sleep mode. This is making me mad, as I could be in the middle of something while reading documents and it goes into sleep. Please help.
In the power options, I have changed it to High Performance plan, I have verified that, "Turn of Display" and "Put the computer to sleep" options are "Never". When I click on "Advanced Power Settings" , I can see that , under sleep, "sleep after" is never. Allow Hybrid sleep is "Off". Hibernate after is "Never". Please help.

I just wanted to add, that the event viewer shows the following entries...

The system is entering sleep.
Sleep Reason: System Idle

The kernel power manager has initiated a shutdown transition.

The system firmware has changed the processor's memory type range registers (MTRRs) across a sleep state transition (S4). This can result in reduced resume performance.

The system has returned from a low power state.
Sleep Time: ‎2014‎-‎06‎-‎21T05:51:33.970250600Z
Wake Time: R... Read more

A:windows 8.1 goes to sleep within a few mins - Please help

Ok, these are some observations.

If I wake the PC from sleep by touching keyboard then it goes to sleep in 2 mins
But If I use the power button to wake the PC, it does not go to sleep.

So, I downloaded a software called Insomnia for testing. This time, when I wake up the PC using keyboard and run the Insomnia software, it does not go to sleep.

So I guess my options are to always use power button to start up.Incase, I use the keyboard to awaken the PC, I have to remember to quickly open the Insomnia application to prevent the sleep mode.
This is ridiculous!

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Deckard's System Scanner v20070318.32
Run by Stabbystabby on 2007-06-26 at 11:55:46
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- HijackThis (run as Stabbystabby.exe) ----------------------------------------

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
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A:Cant run system in safe mode, comp freezes every few mins for a few seconds etc.

1. Download & save this file to Desktop -> http://download.bleepingcomputer.com...a/ComboFix.exe

2. Double click on combofix.exe & follow the prompts.

3. When finished, it shall produce a log for you. Post that log & a fresh HJT log in your next reply

Do not mouseclick combofix's window whilst it's running. That may cause it to stall

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After the problem occurs once, it is far more likely to occur again unless I let my computer rest for 20 - 30 minutes after it occurs.

The way the computer is behaving, it feels like the graphics card is overheating, but running EVGA Precision X in the background shows me that this is not the case. The problem will occur at any temperature, be it 35 C or 70 C.

Does anybody have any idea what could be causing this?

A:Computer stutters/crashes after 90 mins of gaming

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Processor Count: 12
RAM: 16279 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 446 GB (220 GB Free); D: 1862 GB (1568 GB Free);
Motherboard: MSI, X99S SLI PLUS (MS-7885)
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

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I cannot understand that when I select the Sleep Mode, I find that after approx 30-60mins its awake again. Has anyone experienced this and has the answer. I am running Windows 8.1 64 bit, Avast AV and Firefox my browser.

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A:Computer keeps waking up from sleep after around 30 mins

Some event is waking it up (ie ethernet, lan, USB device).

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i am doing the same thing except, im telling it to wake up at a certain time at 3 am and sleep after 15 mins for backup, when my PC wakes up, is there a way i can disable the monitors or only have my computer tower wake up w/ out turning on my monitors ?

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A:Brand new Phoenix Envy lags after 2 mins of gaming

Hi @thelastofme,I hope you enjoy your visit to the HP Support Forums. I understand you are having an issue with the computer lagging when playing internet games. I will be glad to help you. Please post the full product number and operating system in use on your computer. See the following, if you need help with that information.How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?Is the Windows Version on My Computer 32-bit or 64-bit? Please get back to me and I will help you.

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Hello everyone,

I have a 5 months old Asus ux32vd. Here's the problem: this morning I found the laptop extermely hot and unresponsive after resuming from sleep. Forced restart with power button resulted in a 15-min boot and normal work for the next hours. Until the lid was closed. After resuming from sleep on the next occasion, Win8 froze (became unresponsive with no error message) in a few minurtes. Restart with power button -> looooong boot -> normal work again. No mini-dump files created. Event viewer mentions Bluetooth-related issues (see attachement for the log file and screenshot of Device Manager). I am not using any Bluetooth devices, only wireless combo (the only usb port used on the regular basis). "Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)" in Device Manager was disable the whole time (it's enabled on the screenshot).

I tried standard Windows Startup tools - debugging and automatic repair - no result. I didn't do the hardware test yet. If the event file makes any sense to you, please, let me know. Any suggestions are highly appreciated. OS: Windows 8 64-bit, version 6.2.9200.

A:Freeze after sleep followed by 15-mins forced restart

UPD: New event log and finally a crash dump (laptop restarted while at sleep mode) that says:

On Fri 23-Aug-13 8:28:02 PM GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\082413-272234-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x5A440)
Bugcheck code: 0x9F (0x3, 0xFFFFFA80067C31E0, 0xFFFFF88000A2B7F0, 0xFFFFFA800673B5B0)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
product: Microsoft? Windows? Operating System
company: Microsoft Corporation
description: NT Kernel & System
Bug check description: This bug check indicates that the driver is in an inconsistent or invalid power state.
This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.
The crash took place in the Windows kernel. Possibly this problem is caused by another driver that cannot be identified at this time.

On Fri 23-Aug-13 8:28:02 PM GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\memory.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: ntkrnlmp.exe (nt!KeBugCheckEx+0x0)
Bugcheck code: 0x9F (0x3, 0xFFFFFA80067C31E0, 0xFFFFF88000A2B7F0, 0xFFFFFA800673B5B0)
Bug check description: This bug check indicates that the driver is in an inconsistent or invalid power state.
This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem.
The crash took place in the Windows kernel. Possibly this problem is caus... Read more

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I'm being cursed by BSODs in Win 8.1. It started around the beginning of September. Usually within 20 minutes after the PC's been asleep, it'll just crash. I don't have to be doing anything: I may for example just have Firefox open, but without me doing anything, it just blue screens in front of me at around that time. Once it's rebooted, it may blue screen again almost immediately, and not necessarily with the same error message. Once that's rebooted, generally it'll be fine for the rest of the day.

The error on the blue screen is not always the same one: there've been a handful of BAD POOL HEADERs, a SYSTEM PTE MISUSE, a KERNEL SECURITY CHECK FAILURE, some MEMORY MANAGEMENT failures, a DRIVER IRQL NOT LESS OR EQUAL, and today, a SYSTEM EXIT OWNED MUTEX.

I've run sfc /scannow. Initially this found a few problems that it couldn't fix. I ran Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth, which told me it had successfully fixed component store corruption. I re-ran sfc /scannow and it then found no issues.

chkdsk /f finds no issues.
Memtestx86 finds no issues.
Driver Booster has been run, and all drivers are up-to-date.
All Windows updates up-to-date as of today.

So now before I resort to flattening and reinstalling Windows, I'm asking for help. I've attached the zip per the forum instructions.

System is AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6 Ghx
Asus M4A785TD-EVO motherboard
Mushkin SSD (C: drive)
Western Digital 1TB HDD (D: drive)
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A:BSOD daily, within around 20 mins of waking PC from sleep

Your BIOS dates from 2010. Please check at the manufacturer's website to see if there are any BIOS updates available for your system. Also check the readme file to see if they apply to the problems that you are having. Please be advised that flashing the BIOS is a very unforgiving process - and one mistake can physically damage your motherboard. If possible, use the "inside Windows" flash mechanism (if your OEM provides one).

Out of 10 memory dumps there were 6 different BSOD error codes. The differing error codes are usually symptomatic of a lower level problem within the system. They are usually caused by one of these things:
- borked (broken) hardware (several different procedures used to isolate the problem device)
- BIOS issues (check for updates at the motherboard manufacturer's website)
- overclocking/overheating - You'll know if you're overclocking or not. If uncertain we can suggest things to check.
- missing Windows Updates
- compatibility issues (3rd party hardware/drivers), older systems, or even pirated systems
- low-level driver problems
- or even malware (scanned for when we ask for hardware diagnostics from Initial Hardware Diagnostics or Hardware Diagnostics ).

Please start with these hardware diagnostics: Hardware Diagnostics

AMD OverDrive (AODDriver2.sys) is either a stand-alone application, or a component of the AMD VISION Engine Control Center. This driver is known to cause BSOD's on some Windows systems.

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kk well got this comp about a year or 2 ago and havnt really put anything into it at all sept some fans and video cards. But now I am starting to notice how slow my comp is and wanting to speed everything up quite a bit. Im not as much into hardware as I am with software so bare with me on that. I got the cash but not enough to go crazy with. I just wanna know what i should be upgrading first and formost to get my comp sped up and running at better fps in games and such. What is most important to be upgraded first and what is least important, Also asking for suggestions on upgrades if possible =D.

AMD Athlon XP 2600+
2.13 GHz
512 MB of RAM
MOB: Micro-Star LTD MS-6390 3PCI 1AGPv2.0
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
250W power supply

Also should i be worried about running x850 on only 250Watt power supply?

Thanks for the feedback all!

A:Upgrading My Comp (Gaming Comp)

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Hi We have many people with this problem. After pushing the the creators build 1703 we are now faced with the issue that when the machine is resumed from sleep the login prompt is not there and takes around 15 minutes to come up for users to input their password. This seems to have been an issue for a long time. All the posted fixes do not work. Does anyone have any ideas if a service or driver may be causing this problem? I can't see anything in event viewer and rebuilding 500+ laptops is just not feasible. Only really seen this on the X1 Gen of laptops Carbon/Yoga and not the T440 or X240.

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Ok here is the deal, I am wanting to buy a computer that will be able to keep up for several years. This is the spec list I am looking at right now:

Intel® Core™2 Q9450 (12MB,2.66GHz, 1333FSB)

4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 4 DIMMs

nVidia GeForce 9800GX2 1024MB

750GB - Seagate 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache
Dual Drives: 16x DVD-ROM Drive +
Sound Blaster® X-Fi™ XtremeGamer (D) Sound Card

This system should provide many years of serious gaming shouldn't it ?

Thanks in advance.

A:Gaming Comp

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Alright, we, as a family are getting a new computer before 07 ends, and for once, I'd like to have a decent computer for gaming.

Anyway, with games made these, days how many are actually for/put onto mac? Any of the popular ones? Would I be able to find mac games in walmart, or these days, do games just work for both OS's? I'm highly unexperienced with new macs, the closest thing I know about is those old, huge macs from the 90's.

I also heard that when used for gaming, a mac's specs are more powerful than a PC's?

Like, for example. 800mhz Mac = 1.5ghz PC? Equal or greater to?

Any help with this decision is greatly appreciated, thanks.

A:Getting a new comp - PC or Mac for gaming?

Most games are designed for PC's. Some of the more heavily developed engines are cross-platform, but the majority are designed for PC's, as well as newer gaming hardware, like new video cards. If you are seriously interested in gaming, I would go with a PC, but if you really want a mac, you can, a lot of new games are available for it, as shown here. And places like Wal-Mart would probably have them for sale, probably in a separate Mac section, or any store that sells Mac's.

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Im building a gaming computer, with a budget. I wanted some input on the part i chose.


ASUS M3A78-T AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail 150$

AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HD960ZWCGDBOX - Retail 120$

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5D - Retail 40$ after rebate

Video Card
VisionTek 900244 Radeon HD 4870 512MB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail 255$

Power Supply

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail 120$

Hard Drive

I'm not too sure about a hard drive i would appreciate any suggestions.

Please comment on the hardware i am intending on using. If you think i chose the right one, please let me know if I can get any better deals anywhere.


A:New Gaming Comp

here in the US the $ goes before the dollar amount like this... $120

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Please don't tell me to build my computer, aside from that, I don't care if you whip me cause of my stupidity.

I have a 1k budget, but I think if it's a major improve I can squeeze maybe an extra 50 bucks into it. I also plan to OC the processor to 4.0GHZ.


A:New gaming comp, what do you think?

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Hi everyone. So I've had this problem for quite a while now. Tried quite a few different things but mainly just living with it at this point. Getting this out there to see if anyone might have some ideas as to what the culprit is.

PC specs:
Intel Core Duo 2.7ghz
3gig ram
Windows XP (with sp3)
Nvidia Geforce 9600GT

PC was custom built myself a few years ago. At the time I made sure the power supply was sufficient to run everything well. (But i'm not convinced that its not the problem)

On to the Issue. It only happens while playing a game.

At seemingly random times, my textures in game will go bonkers, sometimes buildings will turn bright white and other strange translucent colors, sometimes weird textures will appear randomly everywhere. such as a 2D image of a building or character just sitting on the ground somewhere, replacing the ground texture. It's quite a trippy experience to say the least.

This problem I can remedy everytime by opening the video settings and changing my texture quality. I usually go back and forth between low and medium as the problem presents itself.

While this is slightly annoying the real problem is that randomly (sometimes once every two days and sometimes twice in twenty minutes) my computer will freeze completely and can only be fixed with a reboot. This occurs differently depending on the game and other unkown factors. Sometimes I'm able to remain on skype with my friend and talk to him about how stupid it is that my PC j... Read more

A:Comp crash during gaming

do you have your video card under warranty? if so, change to another card if possible.also, your card is hot, and you could bring down the temp a lot. also, the 2nd to last posthere by adamantforce may help?

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Whats up guys as you can see im a new to PC gaming. Im ready to buy a gaming computer but wanted to know if it is really necessary to spend the extra money for a dual processing card (i was gonna go with the AMD anthlon 64 X2 4200) Will this make a impresive improvment in the gaming perfomance of the comp? Im not into multitasking. The computer will be more for gaming or surfing the web and a little music downloading. It will have the NVidia nforce 4 sli chipstet MB w/ dual 16x pci express and (2) NVidia Geforce 6800 xt 256mb DDR3 Powered by Xmdia. What Processor would you recomend. Mater of fact its Cyberpowerinc's Gamer Ultra SLI Elite computer its in the new "Computer Shopper" magazine on page 40. All answer will be appreciated.

A:Gaming Comp Processor Q


if you are only going to use it for gaming then there is no need to buy a dual core CPU (yet, eventually all games will probably be coded for multicores)
So you are probably better of getting a FX-55/57... if you can afford it of course.

Personally I bought a dual core, though I am a gamer, I thought that the processor would stay with me for a while so wanted to make it future "proof" (if there is such a thing) also my thoughts was also that there is always something else, apart from the game, using up processing power like teamspeak etc so it is still a good idea to have dual core.

But back to your original question, no it wont make any difference to the actual game

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Yes i do realize this is a repost and im deeply sorry, but i could not find answers anywhere else when it was too late.

In WoW, I'm getting very little FPS in Dalaran. Need video improvement

Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 2
Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.93 GHz
2.93 GHz, 504 MB of Ram

I was recommended http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814187041
It's now unavailable, but i recall Geforce 8400 being in the name.
I think it was a 256mb video card, am i only limited to that, or can i go find something else with Geforce 8400 in the name with more memory and better stats and be able to equip it into by computer?

A:Old Comp, need gaming improvement

256 MB video memory makes no difference for WoW (if you don't play on 1920x1200 resolutions). That card will improve your performance quite much. And it isn't unavailable, BTW.

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I am currently on a low budget and this is what i came up with for a new machine. Here are the current spec's.



Hard Drive:

Video Card:





I am not sure about which ram would be better thats why i listed both. I am unsure about the ram voltage difference because the standard is 1.8. Also my budget is around 750 U.S Dollars. Also not sure if the fan/heatsink I chose is the best choose. Feel free to tweek this build.

A:Building a gaming comp for about 750$

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can you tell me if this is a good gaming comp and a good comp overall for like playing battlefield 2 and other games and is my powersupply and case going to work and will i be able to replace the powersupply in the case with the one i am going to buy

here it is










1389 without shipping

A:can you tell me if this is a good gaming comp

anybody going to answer

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Title says it all. I have no idea what would be the best for the price.
I don't even know if i should go AMD or Intel. (i was thinking intel i5?)
that budget is for everything except monitor, mouse, keyboard.
Idk if i'll need a sound card but that's your suggestion.
I have a 600W power supply so i don't think i'll need a new one (i bought this bout 1 year ago works fine) but if you think ill need more put in suggestion please.

My first (and probably last) build so let it be something that will last please

A:Help me make the best gaming comp for 750-900

Your last thread was better.

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hey im wanting to upgrade my current computer. i was thinking about getting:

EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail Link:


Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Wolfdale 2.53GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail Link:


so my question is what new motherboard should i get? I already have 2x 512mb sticks of ram but i would like a total of 2-3 gigs of ram. So if you could help me out by telling what is a good mobo and some ram that would be greatly appreciated. I would like to keep the price not to expensive. if possible under $120.

Thanks for your time.

A:gaming comp help, quick

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i have 3 processors!i am a bit stuck on which processor would be my best bet to build a good gaming computer with,they might be old but i reckon i could use one of them as i need to watch my pennys!il start with the newest to the oldest.i have no mobo's and need some advice on a good mobo and some good hardware,as i have 2 40gb hard drives and an old phillips cd/dvd burner!should i buy local in ireland or does it matter?does anyone know of some really good websites that sell comp parts.

1. intel Pentium 4 531 SL8HZ MALAY 3.00GHZ/1M/800/04A
2.Intel Pentium 4 2.80 GHZ/1M/800/04A SL7PR MALAY
3.Intel Pentium 4 2001,2.66ghz/512/533,sl6pe china

I think its between 1 and 2 and i think 1 would be the strongest and fastest but i need some advice!thanks alot!

A:Which processor and mobo for gaming comp?

Its likely the first one, as has the highest clock speed. However, none of them are really going to be very useful for gaming on all the very oldest of games.

Some more information is required on the sorts of games you wish to play before even spending some money, as what your hoping for might not be possible for the budget you have in mind.

Buying in Ireland, or online is fine.

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It didn't do that the first 2 years i 3 yeas i built it. It is 4 yrs old
On my other comp while im gamming everything is just fine and dandy untill about a few min later it shuts down. i try to turn it back on but it shuts down in a few secs again. When it off for about 5min i turn it back on and check the bios. it says the cpu temp is 130 F and the MB temp is 77 F. i had a new asus video card before the latest but it burnt up and i got a cheaper one. Some times it cuts off while i am on the comp doing nothing.
My OS is xp
i have AMD anthlon64 1.8GHz
Geforce 2 MX 400 64MB
and 2 fans in it. one came installed on the case and the other is on the cpu.

Please tell me solution i wnat my games back. and it dose it with all my games (starcraft, warcraft 3, doom 3, Knights online, maple story, Elder scrolls 3)

A:Computer shuts down while gaming (other comp)

you need more/better cooling on that pc

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Alright, so I'm a college student and between work-study and the occasional random job, I've got a bit of extra cash that I don't immediately need to throw at tuition, so I figured it's about time for a computer upgrade. My troubleshooting thread here ended with the conclusion that my old comp's hard drive is shot, and as my graphics card could probably use an upgrade too, I figured I might as well get a new system.

Price Range: Obviously, the target would be around 1000 bucks. I could probably stretch to around 1200ish and of course if I waited a bit longer, I'd have more money. But... waiting sucks.

My old system:

500 gb hard drive
4 gb DDR2
Pentium E2220 (C) 2.4 GHz (65W)
GeForce 8600 GT OC
vista 32-bit

What I'm lookin for:

A gaming computer. I don't need the computer for any whips and jingles, id est Blu-ray, DVD burner, webcam... whatever the young folks are up to these days. I just want to game. I've looked around at Best Buy and newegg, but I don't feel as comfortable as I used to shopping for computers. The only thing I've really been playing intensively latey is League of Legends, which I can play on low settings on my current rig. However, I'm probably going to pick up Dragon Age: Origins soon and of course, there's a lot of pretty graphically intensive games coming out soon with Christmas approaching.

Basically, I want a computer that I won't have to worry about upgrading for a while, but ... Read more

A:Gaming Comp for around 1000 bucks?

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Sorry about this late reply, I have a work schedule that sometimes keeps me away from a few days up to a couple weeks. I have not done the scan yet ( I just checked my email) but will do it if ok. Ill wait to see if you want me to do it or not ...will check my mail every hour or so. Thanks for all your help and sorry about the delay.

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I have an ASUS NZXT gaming computer and a simple View Sonic monitor.

The monitor is connected to the computer properly, yet every time I manage to get the computer turned on, the monitor reads, "No signal."

The computer sometimes

will not even come on and I have to toy around with the voltage switch (116,230; 116 usually works) and hold the power button to get it to work. Even so, the monitor is not recognizing the computer. When the computer is on, even when it's not recognized, the computer will shut on and off by itself.

I bought a new DVI cord thinking that would solve the problem, but to no avail.

I recently moved so I'm wondering was the computer messed up during the move?

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ok as of now i have a
gateway performance pc
p3 processor
128mb ram
12 gig hard drive
voodoo3 grafix card (omg this thing sucks)

i want to be able to play jedi knight 2, max payne, and medal of honor correctly. as of now i get major lags, colors off, blending, and the textures just dont seem right in the game. its just sooooo slow.

please tell me what i should do to upgrade my pc to make it helluvalot better than it is now. cost is a problem, but dont worry about it unless you have a killer deal somewhere. please help guys

A:Help with making my comp gaming heaven!!!

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Hey guys,

I'm seriously contemplating buying this computer I built off a website named www.mwave.com.au but I need to know what you guys think. The total cost is $1,344.41 with an extra 26$ for home delivery + next day shipping.

• Cooler Master HAF 912 Advanced

• Intel Core i7 2600 Processor

• Gigabyte GA-H61M-D2P-B3 - B3 Stepping - Micro ATX

• G.Skill Ripjaws-X 8GB(2x 4GB) Memory Kit

• XFX Radeon HD 6870 - 1024MB 256-bit DDR5 RAM

• Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 - 500GB

• LG 22x DVD Burner

• Cooler Master GX Series 750W Power Supply

• Cooler Master 120mm Silent Fan - RED

• Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - SP1 - 64-Bit

• United Electrical Onsite for 1 Year Warranty - Up to $3,000

A:Are these decent specs for a gaming comp?

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building a comp for a friend, doesnt have too much money
tell me what you think

A:building a budget gaming comp

bump bump bump

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I would greatly appreciate any assistance, if possible. I have owned an Asus ux32a ultrabook for about 1.5 years. About a month ago, the computer froze, then BSOD, and then took forever to restart (after Windows engaged the Automatic Repair function). After that happened, the computer started taking forever to reboot, it won't properly awaken from sleep mode, and while in operation the Disk often appears to be at 100% (in the task manager). Also, any time I power down the computer (if it freezes) and restart, I will get another BSOD, with varying errors.

I was getting ready for exams, so I didn't have a chance to personally address the issues a month go. Now that I have some time over the holidays, I am hoping to implement a fix that can get my computer back and running again, hopefully for next semester.

Really, any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Would be nice to have my laptop back instead of relying on uni computers.

Other info:
1) I have avast virus scanner
2) I have downloaded all the latest asus drivers from their website

A:Windows 8.1: Disk @ 100%, Very Slow Boot (5-10 mins), Slow to Awake from Sleep

Disable superfetch. Report back.

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This is very frustrating. My Dell Inspiron 3100 w/ Windows10 continually goes into "sleep" mode after only 2 - 3 mins of inactivity.  I have checked, cleared and re-entered all of my Settings for when the laptop should "Sleep", and I have set them all to NEVER. Yet the problem persists.  Can anyone suggest a possible solution?

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Is this a bug?

Running Windows 7 professional 64 with the latest updates. I tried this with 2 different types of mempry and got the same results. If i use only 2G of memory the system will wake up from sleep mode by hitting the keyboard. If there is more than 2G of memory the system will not wake up the fans will cycle on and off every few seconds but will not resume into windows. I tried this with G.SKILL PI and Kingston hyperX memory and received the same results

A:Win 7 won't wake up from sleep if comp has + 2g mem

Yeah mine will wake up if you hit it soon after it goes to sleep, but if you let it sit for a while it won't wake up.

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I saw a similar post in this forum so I thought I would ask for help. Thank you.
The last two days, when I press my 'Function, F2" keyboard shortcut to put my computer to sleep, a few minutes later I hear my computer shut down and I get a Bluescreen notice when I turn it on again:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 9f
BCP1: 0000000000000003
BCP2: FFFFFA80080D9060
BCP3: FFFFF80000B9C518
BCP4: FFFFFA800770E6B0
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

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I saw in the other post that it got diagnosed by posting the .dmp files in the minidump folder. So I did that...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Shut Down when I put my comp to sleep

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Hello folks...can't figure this one out.
Computer goes into sleep mode, particularly if playing a video game.

HP Pavilion
AMD Athlon 64x2
Core Processor 4600+
2.41 GHz..with 2 GB RAM

Video - NVIDEA GeForce 8500 GT 512mb

At first I thought it was a vid card problem, so I bought a new card..didn't change anything. (old card was 256MB so I wanted to update anyway)
So I thought powersource, that is cheap so I replaced it (480Watt)
SO I'm thinking CPU temp??...been watching temp - running pretty cool actually...averaging 22 C during normal use.

All energy settings are correct.


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Objective : List the best componints for a computer that would run a high required game like EverQuest. Your MAX price should be about 500$. Make sure all componints work together for the max preformance.

PRIZE : My thanks. Sorry to the people who thought the might actually win something from my poor @$$ LOL. If you dont want to waist your time then no problem =P

Post all things on this thread. The reason for this if you already havent heard, I want to play EverQuest again with out the lag fest.



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