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AMD system woes, Need help with catalyst settings

Hi everyone, My PC is about 4 years old, used mainly for gaming and music recording. it has always run OK. but my CPU gets really hot whenever gaming. I also get some frame tearing. its not that terrible of a system, but i feel i have some type of setting with the graphics that could improve my performance and look. A friend of mine who has an older system, runs games much better. any help would be very much appreciated. thanks!!

here is the specs of my system:

OPERATING SYSTEM:
Windows 2.6.1.7601 (Service Pack 1) Win 7 x64
CPU TYPE:
AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 970 Processor
CPU SPEED:
3.52 GHz
SYSTEM MEMORY:
8.55 GB
VIDEO CARD MODEL:
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
VIDEO CARD MEMORY:
771.75 MB
VIDEO CARD DRIVER:
aticfx32.dll
DESKTOP RESOLUTION:
1680x1050
HARD DISK SIZE:
1 TB
HARD DISK FREE SPACE:
818.29 GB (82%)
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  1. Is it getting loud may be time to clean the heatsink and reapply the thermal paste
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    Take the card out and clean the cooler as well apply fresh thermal compound. If all else get a decent aftermarket cooler that is much better than the stock cooler and never worry about the issue again. A good cooler can run $50-75 easy but in the long run are good investments, some coolers can be made to last for many years on multiple cards.
  3. nforce4max said:
    Take the card out and clean the cooler as well apply fresh thermal compound. If all else get a decent aftermarket cooler that is much better than the stock cooler and never worry about the issue again. A good cooler can run $50-75 easy but in the long run are good investments, some coolers can be made to last for many years on multiple cards.


    i have an aftermarket cooler, but i used the cheap paste. my case is set up for water cooling, do you reccoment the corsair cooler? if not, what cooler do you recommend?
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