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New Custom Build Performance and Stability Issues

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July 16, 2014 10:52:58 AM

I just recently upgraded my entire PC yesterday on my birthday. I don't have any experience with building computers so I used a few guides for my different parts and did my best. I powered it all on and it worked after I installed the Driver CDs that came with everything. The issues I am getting now, I think are GPU related. First I will give you my specs before I go into anymore detail.

Processor: AMD FX-8120 3.1GHz Eight-Core Processor
GPU: AMD SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X R9 290 4GB DDR5(New)
Memory: 16GB Total (8GB of new G.SKILL TIDENTX) and (8GB of my Memory that came with my custom iBuypower PC that I just upgraded, I am unsure of the brand, it seems very generic).
HardDrives: Samsung Evo 840 SSD 250GB and WD Black 1TB(New)
Motherboard: GA-990FXA-UD3(New)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W Bronze Edition
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Monitor: 1920x1080 BenQ 60Hz LED

The first game I installed was DayZ Standalone and I was only getting about 25 FPS, which is what I was getting with my old amd 7850 2gb. After giving up with DayZ I installed BF4 overnight on Origin, and was getting a horrible amount of 15-20 fps not even on Ultra graphics. After messing around with something called TriXX which is for overclocking my GPU, I was able to get up to 50 fps on Ultra, but I don't know if what I did was safe or not. I have no idea how to overclock. On Catalyst Control Center I went to AMD Overdrive, and during my gameplay on BF4, it was saying that my GPU was using 0% Power Usage, which made me question it. I was recently playing BF4 again at about 45-50 FPS on Ultra and once I closed the game and was on my desktop, my computer screen went grey 5 minutes after and I had to hard reset my PC.

I've read a few things and I've heard that it may be bottlenecking something? Or that maybe my CPU can't handle the games? From what I have seen review wise with the Sapphire Vapor-x R9 290, most people were getting over 80-90 FPS with builds like mine, and 60-70 with less expensive builds. I am not sure If I need to optimize my PC, or update anything, or set BIOS settings for anything. The only things I have installed are the CD drivers, Windows Updates(About 300 of them), and the new AMD Driver Online.

As far as BIOS and Overlocking/GPU settings, I haven't done anything with my new MOBO or GPU

Any help would greatly appreciated, I am willing to try anything and post back my results! Thank you for your time.

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July 16, 2014 10:59:09 AM

Can you see the Cas timing on the existing ram and the timing on the G.Skill? Mixing ram is a bad idea in general. Pull the crappy ram and just use the new ones. 8G is all you need for gaming anyhow!
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July 16, 2014 11:02:27 AM

First clean off all the old drivers and install the latest from the appropriate places, the drivers on CDs tend to be dated and can be buggy. Check and see if raptr was install with the new drivers. I've found it causing all sorts of grief, low framerates, low GPU usage, etc. Also remove your RAM sticks and test them one at a time to see if they're defective or if the combination of different sticks is causing some sort of issue. Lastly make sure your PSU is still good, after a few years they can get flaky and might die with the type of upgrades you've thrown at it.
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July 16, 2014 11:07:42 AM

I agree with gorgonzer, mixing ram isn't the best idea, especially with mixed timings and possible mixed frequencies since you don't really know.

Overclocking your CPU might help get some extra frames. If you have an aftermarket cooler on it, I'd go try for 4ghz and see if there are any improvements.
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July 16, 2014 11:07:53 AM

I am going to remove the old Ram, and only use the G.SKILL. The G.SKILL memory speed is at 1200 MHz. I am also removing all my GPU drivers and using the AMD 13.12 because I heard the new 14. version has issues. I will get back to you all after I do these few things.
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July 16, 2014 11:12:57 AM

Update your drivers. There's nothing wrong with the 14.x versions. They have more optimizations for the r9 series cards as well as mantle support for games. No reason not to get them.
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July 16, 2014 11:59:49 AM

Apparently there were about 4 amd 14.x drivers installed or in my AMD Folder according to this AMD uninstalled software I used. I have the 13.12 Drivers installed and I am getting anywhere frm 60-90 FPS on BF4 now on ULTRA settings. I still get around 20-30 FPS on DayZ, I am not sure if that is normal or not. I do know that DayZ is poorly optimized for multi-core/multi-threaded PCs anyways. I am also using my G.SKILL RAM (8GB) now. One of the monitoring programs I use, Speccy, now says that I am using my G.SKILL on a SINGLE CHANNEL 8GB @803MHz. Is it better to have them on DUAL CHANNEL? And if so, how do I do it.

If anyone thinks I should try to overclock or change any settings, please let me know! Thanks for the input
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July 16, 2014 12:01:50 PM

AnthonyStew said:
Apparently there were about 4 amd 14.x drivers installed or in my AMD Folder according to this AMD uninstalled software I used. I have the 13.12 Drivers installed and I am getting anywhere frm 60-90 FPS on BF4 now on ULTRA settings. I still get around 20-30 FPS on DayZ, I am not sure if that is normal or not. I do know that DayZ is poorly optimized for multi-core/multi-threaded PCs anyways. I am also using my G.SKILL RAM (8GB) now. One of the monitoring programs I use, Speccy, now says that I am using my G.SKILL on a SINGLE CHANNEL 8GB @803MHz. Is it better to have them on DUAL CHANNEL? And if so, how do I do it.

If anyone thinks I should try to overclock or change any settings, please let me know! Thanks for the input


Make sure the new ram is in the old ram slots. They are numbered in the manual.

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