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In Topic: Crash/Freeze Issue - Bluescreen attached.

01 March 2015 - 02:35 PM

There's no easy way to diagnose motherboard or CPU problems without a bunch of fancy lab equipment (and lots of time), so usually, it's done by direct replacement.

If you've done what I suggested above and it hasn't helped, about the only thing you can do is to try direct replacement. If you take it to some computer repair place, they most likely will have the parts, but it will cost a bunch to get it fixed.

One last suggestion I could make would be to remove/inspect the APU's cooler and replace the heatsink compound and make sure it is properly seated on the chip when you re-install it. .

In Topic: Drivers stopped working

26 February 2015 - 03:38 PM

Have you updated all your drivers. The nVidia driver could stop working because of an interaction with another driver (or lack of another driver.)

In Topic: Drivers stopped working

25 February 2015 - 03:39 PM

How did you determine that the video driver is the problem? Have you updated ALL your drivers (audio, chipset, network, etc)?

In Topic: Last of a Generation

23 February 2015 - 03:05 PM

Quality is important. I would still suggest a quality power supply, but a smaller, less expensive one. Particularly, for a home user, the difference in cost between an 80+ gold and an 80+ Bronze unit never gets covered by the small average energy savings. Something like a Corsair CX500 would power this system just as well, but you might spend $3-4 dollars a year more on power.

For best compatibility, you should use 1.5 volt RAM with an i5 or i7. Using 1.65volt RAM doesn't appear to cause problems in most cases, but there is a possibility of overstressing the RAM controller on the chip, particularly if you overclock it.

The "class action lawsuit" is a bunch of BS. nVidia did make a goof when it advertised the GTX-970 as having 4Gigs of RAM, but if you look into it, you'll find that overall, it's not really an issue. Here's a handy link:

XFX is a well respected brand. (More respected than Power Color. :) )
"One bad apple don't spoil the whole bunch"

In Topic: Last of a Generation

22 February 2015 - 03:31 PM

My comments:

- DDR3-2400 memory is a bit overkill. You won't really notice much difference over DDR3-1600.

- the 512Gig SSD is at a good price, but, since you are going to be using an HDD for storage, you could go for just a 256Gig SSD, if it will save a worthwhile amount of money.

- the power supply is overkill, unless you intend to run 2 video cards in SLI - and even then 650-750 watts would be enough. 500-600 watts is enough for a single video card.

- the GTX-960 is a good video card, but a little underwhelming considering the rest of the build. I'd recommend a GTX-970 instead. If cost is a factor, you could reduce the SSD, RAM (speed) and power supply watts as mentioned above. The GTX-970 would give you better fps at higher graphics settings at 1080p plus have some headroom for newer games and/or a higher rez monitor setup if you should choose to go for a 2560x1440 monitor or multiple monitors, etc.

Other than the better video card though, it all looks fine to me. :)