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September 2, 2013 11:31:55 AM

Hi all, I recently purchased parts for my first pc build. My last computer was a 200 dollar laptop and foolishly I bought current gen games like crisis 3 and far cry 3 thinking I could run them. Let's just say I made the most out of the 2 fps I had. Enough of that though. The problem I've been having is whenever I try to play a really high demanding game, it will work great for a while and then suddenly a screen with black vertical lines will pop up and the color in between the lines will depend on what was in the game at that time. I am running all of my games at ultra and have had the most problems with crysis 3. After a few days I was fed up with this so I decided to google it. I saw someone said to underclock with sapphire TRIXX so I did so and lowered the gpu clock to 1000 MHz. I was able to play for about three hours and then it crashed again. This also happens on a few other games. After it happens I can still hear audio, but buttons do not work and I have to hard reset. Another question I have is if I should crossfire because I have saved up enough cash for Christmas to get another. Would this be a smart investment? Will it help fix this problem? Finally and I know this is off topic but my hard drive is making a weird thumping/popping noise kind of like popcorn. I will most likely get a new hard drive because I am running out of space and because it is the loudest thing in my pc. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

September 2, 2013 11:37:12 AM

grab hwmonitor and post the temps you get on idle and under load for your cpu and gpu.
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September 2, 2013 11:47:50 AM

According to your build you have a Gigabyte 7970 rather than a Sapphire. The build either way should not be doing that as it has plenty of power for those games. First off I would suggest you run AMD's driver cleaner (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/catalyst-u...) and then install the most recent drivers, whether you choose to download the newest beta or the newest release build is up to you (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads....). once you have done that come back here and let me know what your results are.
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September 2, 2013 12:12:12 PM

Drew010 said:
According to your build you have a Gigabyte 7970 rather than a Sapphire. The build either way should not be doing that as it has plenty of power for those games. First off I would suggest you run AMD's driver cleaner (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/catalyst-u...) and then install the most recent drivers, whether you choose to download the newest beta or the newest release build is up to you (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads....). once you have done that come back here and let me know what your results are.


Sorry that's my first build list/draft. Ill try that out now.
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September 2, 2013 12:29:17 PM

Drew010 said:
According to your build you have a Gigabyte 7970 rather than a Sapphire. The build either way should not be doing that as it has plenty of power for those games. First off I would suggest you run AMD's driver cleaner (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/catalyst-u...) and then install the most recent drivers, whether you choose to download the newest beta or the newest release build is up to you (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads....). once you have done that come back here and let me know what your results are.


Got an error message saying: Driver install The INF file was not found.
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September 2, 2013 12:53:04 PM

Drew010 said:
According to your build you have a Gigabyte 7970 rather than a Sapphire. The build either way should not be doing that as it has plenty of power for those games. First off I would suggest you run AMD's driver cleaner (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/catalyst-u...) and then install the most recent drivers, whether you choose to download the newest beta or the newest release build is up to you (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads....). once you have done that come back here and let me know what your results are.


Installed the drivers. I'll play some crisis and see how well it does. Appreciate the help.
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September 2, 2013 1:16:39 PM

mauller07 said:
grab hwmonitor and post the temps you get on idle and under load for your cpu and gpu.


All it shows is my hard drive.
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September 2, 2013 1:45:54 PM

alextheswimguy said:
Drew010 said:
According to your build you have a Gigabyte 7970 rather than a Sapphire. The build either way should not be doing that as it has plenty of power for those games. First off I would suggest you run AMD's driver cleaner (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/catalyst-u...) and then install the most recent drivers, whether you choose to download the newest beta or the newest release build is up to you (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads....). once you have done that come back here and let me know what your results are.


Installed the drivers. I'll play some crisis and see how well it does. Appreciate the help.


Alright. If reinstalling drivers doesn't fix it then you might have a bad GPU.
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September 2, 2013 3:06:07 PM

Drew010 said:
alextheswimguy said:
Drew010 said:
According to your build you have a Gigabyte 7970 rather than a Sapphire. The build either way should not be doing that as it has plenty of power for those games. First off I would suggest you run AMD's driver cleaner (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/catalyst-u...) and then install the most recent drivers, whether you choose to download the newest beta or the newest release build is up to you (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads....). once you have done that come back here and let me know what your results are.


Installed the drivers. I'll play some crisis and see how well it does. Appreciate the help.


Alright. If reinstalling drivers doesn't fix it then you might have a bad GPU.


Ran benchmarks and played crysis and it's working great. Can't thank you enough. You're a life saver. Also do you think it would be worth it to invest in a second 7970 for crossfire. (I'm planning on a triple monitor setup in the future.)
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September 2, 2013 3:10:53 PM

alextheswimguy said:
Drew010 said:
alextheswimguy said:
Drew010 said:
According to your build you have a Gigabyte 7970 rather than a Sapphire. The build either way should not be doing that as it has plenty of power for those games. First off I would suggest you run AMD's driver cleaner (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/catalyst-u...) and then install the most recent drivers, whether you choose to download the newest beta or the newest release build is up to you (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads....). once you have done that come back here and let me know what your results are.


Installed the drivers. I'll play some crisis and see how well it does. Appreciate the help.


Alright. If reinstalling drivers doesn't fix it then you might have a bad GPU.


Ran benchmarks and played crysis and it's working great. Can't thank you enough. You're a life saver. Also do you think it would be worth it to invest in a second 7970 for crossfire. (I'm planning on a triple monitor setup in the future.)


I would definitely say that it would be worth it. However I would wait to see the official specs/pricing of the new Hawaii AMD GPUs. Currently you can get a Sapphire 7970 Dual-X for anywhere from $300-$340 before rebate depending on the day.
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September 2, 2013 4:09:55 PM

Drew010 said:
alextheswimguy said:
Drew010 said:
alextheswimguy said:
Drew010 said:
According to your build you have a Gigabyte 7970 rather than a Sapphire. The build either way should not be doing that as it has plenty of power for those games. First off I would suggest you run AMD's driver cleaner (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/catalyst-u...) and then install the most recent drivers, whether you choose to download the newest beta or the newest release build is up to you (http://sites.amd.com/us/game/downloads/Pages/downloads....). once you have done that come back here and let me know what your results are.

Ok so this is probably a stupid question but can I crossfire a Hawaii with a 7970 or will it be better if I just take the 7970 out and put in the Hawaii?
Installed the drivers. I'll play some crisis and see how well it does. Appreciate the help.


Alright. If reinstalling drivers doesn't fix it then you might have a bad GPU.


Ran benchmarks and played crysis and it's working great. Can't thank you enough. You're a life saver. Also do you think it would be worth it to invest in a second 7970 for crossfire. (I'm planning on a triple monitor setup in the future.)


I would definitely say that it would be worth it. However I would wait to see the official specs/pricing of the new Hawaii AMD GPUs. Currently you can get a Sapphire 7970 Dual-X for anywhere from $300-$340 before rebate depending on the day.


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