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Hello everyone how is it going!
First of all, I apologize as I think this is in the wrong section, but I couldn't find a " help section " to post in, so please bear with me as this problem is driving me up the wall and this computer is like 3 days old only.
So I've built a new PC, specs :
CPU : Core i5 3450
Mobo : Gigabyte P61A-D3
GPU : GTX 560 Ti
RAM : 8 GB DDR3 RAM
HDD : 1 TB HDD
PSU : 700 Watts Cougar
So I've been experiencing a periodic lag, which I noticed both normally and in a game ( Crysis 2, which is the only game I've been playing since I got this ). The computer freezes for a sec, then goes on. Also it occured in Crysis 2 twice, once it froze for a sec or two then continuted, the other time the FPS dropped from constant 60 FPS to something like 45 FPS for a sec or two then returned to 60 FPS.
Also one time the computer totally froze and I had to do a reboot from the reset button.
I tried updating the GPU drivers to latest, same problem.
I think something is wrong and I'm not getting the max out of my PC, as it runs Crysis 2 on 50-60 FPS ( and sometimes drops to mid-late 40's ) only on 1280x1024 17'', V-sync on and hardcore settings ( and the benchmarks shows that it runs with better FPS on max settings and full HD, so I believe that indicates something is wrong ).
Thanks in advance and all help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 152
The fps fluctuation is normal, but in game freezing and computer crashes is not and first suspect would be perhaps a bad stick of RAM. Test each stick individually using Memtest86+.
 
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How is the fps fluctation normal? I didn't spend a good amount of cash on a GPU that would cause FPS drops.
I have only one stick of RAM, an 8 GB DDR3 one. Can I get a tutorial on how to use memtest?
Thanks and help appreciated.
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In game you will see fps ebb and flow, since the more things on the screen, explosions etc will affect fps, which is normal. If you ever look up GPU reviews most times you will get minimum, average and max fps in the games they look at.

Memtest is a program you download for free, where you burn the iso file on a disk and you boot from (go into Bios and set boot priority to boot first from disk) and it will automatically run a diagnostic on your ram.
 
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Yes sir, but I forgot to mention that I'm gaming on 1280x1024 resolution only, which should be so easy for my GTX 560 Ti to handle, or at least so I believe. According to the benchmarks, the GPU doesn't drop below than mid 50's, and that's on full HD and highest graphics, so I think I'm not asking for much when I ask for a stable 60 FPS on a 17'' 1280x1024 monitor.
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Is it dropping during explosions or high intensity moments? That tends to happen to everyone except people with uber PCs.
     
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I know that part is ok, but sometimes it drops in pretty light scenes like walking around, and it drops from 60 FPS to 15 FPS, while in intenseful scenes the worst I've seen is high 30's from 60 fps. So there's gotta be something wrong.
I'd like to note that I ran primetest for 20 minutes ( as suggested by a friend ) and the test went smooth. However I ran furmark for 3 minutes and the GPU temperature hit 85C ( I made it alarm me when it reaches 85C ) and the fan was at 50% only. Shouldn't the fan bump up to higher speeds when the temperature is this high? Does this indicate that there's something wrong with the GPU?
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