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Need Help - CPU Spikes and FPS drops AMD 1100T and 7950

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June 27, 2013 9:44:36 PM

Current System specs:

CPU : AMD Phenom™ II X6 1100T Six-Core CPU
RAM: 8GB
GPU: Gigabyte HD 7950 (just installed)
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M
Mobo: ASUS M4A87TD EVO -- AMD 870 w/ 2x PCI-E 2.0 x16

Not sure if you really need all that, but just in case. I've had this computer for about 2 years, just recently upgraded the GPU. I'm not exactly sure that's the issue because I've had these CPU spikes for a while while playing BF3. When the CPU starts going up, I can see a dramatic frames rate drop in game. I'm usually averaging around 60 and it will drop to like 30 and be almost unplayable for short periods of time then resume normal.

I havn't been the best about doing a clean slate with new drivers and with the new graphics card. Could this possibly be an issue? When I get some time this weekend, I'll probably safe mode, uninstall, CC Cleaner, then reinstall my drivers and see if that helps.

Does anyone have some advice to help me trouble shoot this issue? I would really like to get everything playing smooth in time for BF4.

Thanks for reading and any help you can give!!

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June 27, 2013 9:51:55 PM

What cooler are you using? Are you OCing? may be a heat issue...could also be drivers, might check and update all drivers as well as the BIOS, might be a voltage regulation problem
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June 27, 2013 10:08:13 PM

Tradesman1 said:
What cooler are you using? Are you OCing? may be a heat issue...could also be drivers, might check and update all drivers as well as the BIOS, might be a voltage regulation problem


I bought the computer from iBuyPower and havn't added much cooling besides a few more fans. The system came with this for cooling: Liquid CPU Cooling System [AMD] - [Free Upgrade] Standard 120mm Fan. And I added 3 smaller fans to the case.

I'm currently not overclocking anything (computer noob and not really sure how to)

What drivers besides the GPU should I check out? I got feedback from iBuyPower that a BIOS update might be in order, but I'm scared of messing that up, even tho he said its pretty painless if done right
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June 27, 2013 10:10:01 PM

Yep, I'd update the BIOS, it's fairly easy and pretty safe, used to be a real problem, but haven't seen a mobo trashed in years
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June 27, 2013 10:24:51 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Yep, I'd update the BIOS, it's fairly easy and pretty safe, used to be a real problem, but haven't seen a mobo trashed in years


After running OpenHardware, the CPU peaks around 63/64 C and the GPU at 54 C. This is just a short time period of me playing some games in BF. Not sure if this is running hot. Also it shows my CPU and GPU nearing 100% load at max, not sure if this is normal either.

So I should try to update the BIOS, and I'll try to reinstall the drivers for the new GPU when I can this weekend. Anything else you would recommend or I should try?
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June 27, 2013 10:33:22 PM

Actually if they are topping out (hitting 100%), might not be a bad idea to get/run MalwareBytes, might have a bug in there, have had a couple of calls, that were infected and emailing junk to the world
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June 27, 2013 10:38:14 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Actually if they are topping out (hitting 100%), might not be a bad idea to get/run MalwareBytes, might have a bug in there, have had a couple of calls, that were infected and emailing junk to the world


Yeah, I can run some scans, but I use Norton 360 and Malaware already. I reinstalled Windows a couple of months ago because I thought I had a bug or something, and I'm hoping that it went away after that...

Just want to get my computer running smooth. I'm gunna try to update my BIOS real quick.
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June 27, 2013 10:40:47 PM

Can't hurt to try ;) 
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June 27, 2013 10:51:12 PM

Tradesman1 said:
Can't hurt to try ;) 


Alright, updated my BIOS and I'm running some quick scans now. Will probably do some full scans this weekend when I have some downtime.

I'm going to try to reinstall my videocard and drivers. I had a 6850 originally, I didnt wipe those drivers, then plugged in 7870 and got new drivers, and now I'm getting my 7950 card this weekend. I'm gunna be better about it this time and safe mode, uninstall drivers and run CC Cleaner, then install new card and drivers.

Hopefully all of this will make a difference. If there is anything else that you can think of, please let me know. Otherwise, I'll post back once I get around to the card and driver re-install.
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June 27, 2013 10:55:22 PM

Will do....and feel free to send me the 6850 and 7870 ;) 
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June 27, 2013 11:11:46 PM

Was just joking, everyone gets so serious out here, I like to throw a little humor out...
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