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Need help solving issues with my pc gaming build

As of the moment my current setup is:
Intel i7-4790k Cpu @4.0ghz
2x 4 gb G.SKill Sniper DDR3 1600mhz
2x 4 gb G.SKill Ares DDR3 1600mhz
1x Gtx 980 superclocked 4 gb GDDR5 ACX PCI Express 3.0
Msi z97 Gaming 5 motherboard
Corsair Hx850i power supply

I plan on adding another GTX 980 for SLI later on, but at the moment my present build is suffering from a seemingly endless plague of problems. Most games either lag, freeze, stutter, or ctd. I've tried lowering the settings for several games but nothing has solved the problem. I've update and re-installed the latest drivers from nvidia, I've ran stress tests on both the CPU and GPU, but regardless of the results gaming in general seems to be suffering.

The games that I've tried playing are: Skyrim, Dragon Age Inquisition, Far Cry 4, and Star wars: The old republic. None of the game run smoothly even on medium settings, despite AA, Ambient occlusion, post processing. Pretty much every solution I've found online on forums. I have yet to run a single game without it stuttering, freezing, or crashing to desktop.

The issue was present even with the Gtx 780 I changed out for the Gtx 980. I also bought the HX850i to replace the HX750 I had previously as the old power supply was failing, but the issues are present with all my games. All the temperatures are reasonable from what I've read in forums, the cpu never goes over 66 Celsius at full load with Prime95, and the graphics card never goes over 74 Celsius under full load when the gpu is at full load.

Possible causes might be as follows (not 100% sure): When I updated the bios to the latest version I found out that OC genie was enabled, which I later found out should not be on when updating the bios. I turned it off and did the bios flash again. The issue in the bios seemed to be gone, but could it have caused any permanent damage? Then there is the concern with the power supply, the hardware monitor in the bios reads all the voltages to be within the correct range, but I've noticed from reading a few pc articles that the power supply can be part of the problem.

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read through my query, and I hope that a solution can be found.
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  1. Try it with just one set of ram. Mixed ram ist verboten.

    CPU temps? idle, gaming - from your mobo uefi software
  2. I've gotten the most of the information from realtemp, cpu-z and the gpu monitor that comes with the EVGA oc scanner. The cpu at idle is 30-32 Celsius at idle and the gpu is reading 33 Celsius at idle. The cpu idle temps are the around the same 30-32 C range with both the bios readings and the reading I get from real temp.

    I'll go ahead and take out the G. Skill Ares set since its the older set of RAM and see what happens.
  3. As I said - get your info from your mobo uefi software.

    http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z97-GAMING-5.html#hero-overview "CLICK BIOS 4
    The MSI Click BIOS 4 is the latest UEFI BIOS with optimizations for Windows 8. Not only that it also reacts faster, runs smoother and has better mouse support. And this all comes with many cool features. Click on the button on the right to visit our dedicated BIOS page and learn more."
  4. I checked the link you gave and according to the information in the UEFI software everything appears to be within recommended range. The voltages are 3.29v for the 3.3v 12.096 for the 12v and 5.065 for the 5v. The idle temp of the cpu is between 29-33 Celsius fluctuating back and forth. I'm not sure how to get reading from the Click Bios 4 UEFI Software while gaming though. Most of the times I've checked it in the past the temperature is usually around 33-37 Celsius if I reboot the system after rebooting after a game. The system issues are particularly focused on gaming performance, regular system performance; browsing, videos, even stress test programs. That's what makes it the most confusing.
  5. Just looked in the UEFI Click Bios 4 again and the cpu temperature is slowing increasing, atm its steady at 36 Celsius at idle. Also noticed that the exhaust fan on the back of the pc, attached to the rad for the water cooling system for the cpu isn't putting out any hot air at all. Could this be what's causing or even contributing to the problem?
  6. Best answer
    No your cpu temps (if they were hitting about 80-90c) would be an issue but it sounds like this might be a Northbridge/southbridge problem with the mobo. Plus if you get 2 types of mem that run at different frequency settings it can be a problem (not 1600mhz I am talking about 1.9v to 3.3v) like one has to regulate the other through the mobo.
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