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About Twiggy1995

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  • CPU
    3.2GHZ I5-4460
  • Motherboard
    Dell 0KWVT8
  • RAM
    16GB DDR3
  • GPU
    6GB GTX 1060
  • Case
    Stock Dell XPS 8700 Case
  • Storage
    4TB (1TB + 3TB)
  • PSU
    600W EVGA
  • Display(s)
    24" Vizio 1080p LCD TV
  • Cooling
    Guessing Stock Dell Cooler?
  • Keyboard
    Red Dragon
  • Mouse
    Red Dragon
  • Sound
  • Operating System
    Windows 10

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  1. So it seems 5870, it is. And maybe a better processor down the road too. I do feel the need to state that this is not my main computer, this is one of my older one's, which I am just trying to "max out" for the fun of it.
  2. Hello. So I have a bit older of a gaming system which currently has a Radeon 4870 in it, and it is pretty good. Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 run great with every graphical setting on max, Far Cry 2 plays great on "high", and even Crysis is playable on "medium". The weakest link, I think is the RAM, being only ddr2 400mhz, so I just ordered 4GB (2X2GB) of Partiot G Series 1066mhz ddr2. The processor is a core 2 duo 3.0ghz. I think the much faster RAM should be a great step towards making this machine even more powerful, but I am also thinking that down the road maybe I should upgrade the GPU yet again? However I am not sure if It'd work, I mean if I got something like a 5870 or 5970 could the processor possibly be a bottle neck and should I upgrade it? Then I am not quite sure if I could physically fit a 5970 in the case, because it appears it is a pretty long card, and the 4870 already was hard to install in that sense. From my research the 5970 seems to be the better one, but the 5870 is still pretty damn good, for the time, and both would be a big upgrade over the 4870. So would a better GPU be worth it, and if so, which one of these would make the most sense, it seems 5970s from my research are going for higher prices than 5870s, would it be worth the higher price? Last but not least the PCI-E slot on the board is a 1.1 x16 slot, I saw somewhere that the 5870 doesn't max out a PCI-E 2.0 x8 slot, so it should be fine in the 1.1 x16 slot, but I have no idea about the 5970, could it's performance in my system be limited by the 1.1 x16 slot? Thanks.
  3. Hi, So some of you may have seen a couple of my other posts regarding my father's old computer from 2009 I recently upgraded and turned into a decent gaming machine for the late 2000's, as a fun project. Anyways, it runs pretty good, and I chalk up the issues with Saints Row 2 to the game itself with it being notorious for being horribly optimized. One issue I have always had was an issue with things on the front panel, at the top of the case in a 5.25 bay, is a combo multi card reader, two usb ports, and mic and headphone ports. All the card readers work fine, as do the two usb ports. However the headphone and microphone jacks do not seem to work at all. My motherboard is an Asus P5KPL-AM SE, I went and read the motherboard manual and then I made sure the front panel audio was connected properly (which it was) and I disconnected and reconnected it firmly to be sure, but still nothing. Back when I first reinstalled XP SP3 after erasing the hard drive with DBAN, I went and got all the drivers for the motherboard off of Asus' website (it's still on there) including for the on-board Realtek HD Audio, and it does work, all the audio ports on the back work just fine. Nothing in the manual mentioned special software for the front panel audio, so from my understanding, since it is properly connected and the proper drivers for the on-board audio are installed, it should work. So I don't know what the problem may be. Is there something I am missing, or is it the case, that the jacks, or the cable, or the header are just "bad"?
  4. I just bought Far Cry 2 and installed it yesterday, and on High settings, it plays perfectly smooth. So I think in the case of Saints Row 2, it is probably the game itself. I am awaiting up remastered version.
  5. Thanks for the video, and letting me know that it's the game which is the problem. The system I have handles crisis fine in 1440x900 on medium settings, and games like Left 4 Dead, I get up to 250fps on (with all the settings turned on as high as they go). I will try a few other games then, before seeing if I even want to upgrade the processor. My base system specs are: 3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 500GB HDD 4GB DDR2 RAM ATI Radeon 4870 512MB So I think it's a fairly good system for that time, which is why I was surprised with how Saints Row 2 was running.
  6. Hello, I had another thread earlier today about Saints Row 2, being choppy for a split second at random times, and I ended up finding out that my processor is reaching 100% Utilization at times, so I need a better processor. My Motherboard is an Asus P5KPL-AM SE, and the current Processor is a 3Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400. (this is a late 2000's gaming PC, project). Socket 775LGA According to this website it doesn't officially support any Xeon processors, and the Core 2 Duo extremes are overly expensive on ebay for me, it seems the best it supports that I can afford is the 3.3Ghz Core 2 Duo E600. Saints Row 2 needs a 3.2Ghz one. http://www.cpu-upgrade.com/mb-ASUS/P5KPL-AM_SE.html Of course, I don't want to upgrade the processor just for a single game, so if I can get an at least 3.2Ghz Quad Core processor, that'd be great. According to a comment on the page I linked to someone, claims it can support at least one Xeon, but it's only 2.6Ghz. I wonder, if it can support one Xeon, can it support others? Does anyone know the best processor I could get for this board, hopefully at least 3.2Ghz, and Quad Core?
  7. Thank you, I did that, and it does show 100% Max cpu utilization on both cores, after playing a bit of the game. Guess I may want to consider a processor upgrade.
  8. Hello. I recently got my father's old "office computer" into my possession, I used it a little back in the day too, and I remember going with him to pick it up from the local small computer store he had custom build it for him back in 2009. Anyways, it's a pretty decent machine, only thing it was missing is a good GPU, but I fixed that and recently got in a Radeon 4870 (512MB) and a brand new 500W EVGA Bronze 80Plus certified PSU to properly feed the card, as the old PSU that was in there was to week to properly feed the card, didn't have the 2 six-pin PCI-E connectors the card needs, and is over 10 years old and a non-name brand. My intention was to make a fun little project and turn this into a decent late 2000's Gaming PC. To that end I managed to also find an old widescreen 1440x900 60hz monitor by Compaq from December 2008 (more like really HP but using the Compaq brand they own and still used at that time). Anyways, after I got everything in and installed, I downloaded an old version of Fraps for Windows XP (I am running Windows XP SP3, and I installed the unofficial SP4 too, since my dad had Windows XP put on it back then, because he didn't want Vista, and I like XP too). I also installed the original Crysis game from 2007 to answer the "but can it run Crysis?" question. I played it at medium settings, in the native 1440x900 resolution of the monitor, and I was happy with the results, most times it stayed between 55 to 60fps, and only during intense moments of actions, did it drop down to barely below 40fps for a split second, so yes, it can run Crysis. I also installed Left 4 Dead, also played in 1440x900 and turned all the graphics setting up as high as possible, played through the first stage, had a solid 60fps the entire time. I then turned the sync feature off in the settings and played it again, got up to 250fps! I did want to buy and try out GTA IV, but it's not available for purchase on steam right now, so I installed Saints Row 2 instead which I already own and tried it out. This is where my issue comes in. It seems that no matter how high or low the graphics settings, nor the resolution, it is always playable but has some hiccups here and there and is slightly choppy at times, but only for a split second. So playable but not completely smooth all the time, even when I turned the settings all the way down to "low" and the resolution to 1024x768, so since the settings and resolution don't make a noticeable difference I am currently playing it in 1440x900 on "high". It often stays around 30fps, but can go all the way down to 18fps at times. The reason I am at a loss for why this is happening is because I seem to be well above the recommended specs for literally everything but the processor speed (which I am only 0.2ghz under), but I think everything else should more then compensate, shouldn't it? My system: 3.0Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 4GB RAM 500GB HDD ATI Radeon HD 4870 (512MB) So is there something I am missing, what could be the issue here? Again, I am totally lost here, especially since my system seems able to handle Crysis much better than this. Thanks in advance.
  9. gtx 1060 6gb, i7-4790k, 2 hard drives, 1 optical drive, 1 fan, 1 cpu cooler, budget 1080p gaming PC I guess.
  10. Thanks everyone, probably won't be buying a replacement for another few days, but when I do, I know what to look for now.
  11. Hello, For those of you not yet aware, lately my computer especially after having a new i7 installed has been "crashing" on me around once a day while gaming (more accurately freezing and a buzzing sound coming from the speakers). I've ran two memory diagnostic tools and my RAM is okay, I've ran a hard disk utility both my drives are 100% healthy, My GPU never goes above 68C in temp, even running when running a stress test like furmax, running prime 95, a couple processor cores do get to 86C max temp, but I never had a "crash" with prime 95. I experienced a "crash" during the mafia 3 demo when MSI afterburner was only showing GPU:46C and CPU:68C. I think I can eliminated ram issues, hard drisk issues, and overheating GPU or CPU. I have the same issue as the guy in this video: he says he fixed it by replacing his PSU. In the comments people are recommending to turn the processor max state to 80% and it works for a lot of people, after I did it, I never had the issue again. I took a look at the PSU tier list, and my PSU is most likely the culprit then, because it is a 600W EVGA 80plus bronze , and "430W/500W/600W 80 PLUS " are in Tier 6 on the list. So as I just said, I think I do need to replace my PSU with a better quality one. here's a photo of the graph that comes on the box: This cost me about $59.99 Canadian, I am expanding my budget to a maximum of up to around $150 Canadian, so I can hopefully find a good quality 600W/650W whatever PSU in that price range. I took a look at some of the PSUs in tier 3 on the list, but I either can't find them on newegg or they cost too much. So please give me your recommendations. Lastly, my case mounts the PSU at the top but there is no ventilation on the top of the case for the PSU fan, should I try drilling a grid of holes in at the top of my case over where the PSU mounts first, and see if that helps, before buying another PSU?
  12. Well, so far so good, played a few hours of Far Cry 5 again, and no issue yet, that includes defeating the boss of one area, which includes a big mission that is very demanding on the hardware. Good sign, but can't count anything as fixed yet. If so, then I will probably have to upgrade my PSU first, and then modify my case, or get a better one.
  13. The processor was literally professionally installed by a tech one week ago. I don't think that's the issue. Also, the last time the freezing and buzzing happened MSI Afterburner was only showing the CPU temp as 68C.
  14. yup, seems good, for some reason when I choose the red color version, the price went up $5 to $74... why the hell would a different color affect price? This is my prime candidate now, but I am experimenting with other things, because I heard my problem can be caused by a corrupted registry or at times not having enough power to supply a load. So I rebuilt my registry since I did have to mess with it before and delete some stuff, and turned down the maximum processor power to 80% to reduce the maximum load. Gonna take a couple days to see if the problem comes back or not, if it doesn't I'll turn the CPU power back to max, and then see again. I may need to upgrade my 600W PSU to a 750W or 800W. However, a better case will still be happening, it's just a question of sooner or later, because my GPU has no temp problems, and while my CPU gets warm, it fluctuates in the 70s and barely ever gets to 83 from what I saw, so it does need better airflow, but is not an emergency either.