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Computer FPS lags unless tower is laying down

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So 2 months ago I was cleaning out my computer with compressed air, dusted off the PSU, GPU fans, and CPU heat sync, and the case in general. I turned my pc back on and started to notice terrible fps lag inside games, making the games unplayable. After tampering with it for hours, I re-seated everything in the PC, and still no bueno. I noticed that the lag goes away when I lay the PC on it's side. Like the case is laying down. But when i turn the computer case upright, standing like it normally should be is when the FPS lag happens. So the other day I went and bought a new GPU, new PSU, and a case just because. I moved the mobo and everything into the new case, installed the new GPU and PSU. It still occurs, i can ONLY play games when my pc is on it's side, does anyone have any idea what could be the cause of this? Please help me. :/
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  1. Check temps. I suspect the heatsink is not mounted correctly and laying it down gets better contact.
  2. k1114 said:
    Check temps. I suspect the heatsink is not mounted correctly and laying it down gets better contact.


    The temps of cpu and gpu are fine, a month ago i also applied new thermal paste as well thinking that might have been the issue but it still occured after new thermal paste.
  3. What are they? And what are your specs? Check for anything that moves around when turning the pc.
  4. k1114 said:
    What are they? And what are your specs? Check for anything that moves around when turning the pc.


    My temps are both at 30 degrees.

    Specs are:
    I7 3770k (never been OC) cpu
    Evga geforce gtx 970 ssc gpu
    16gb ripjaw ram
    Asrock z77 extreme 4 mobo
    Corsair cx750 psu

    Heatsink is the standard one that comes with cpu.

    I haven't noticed anything loose when i turn it over, i even tried plugging my gpu into the second pci express slot
  5. I know it sounds annoying, but try taking the mobo out, air dust it and all of the connectors, then make sure to plug everything in firmly (even the PSU cables) and make sure all cables plugged into the mobo are down tight (power plugs, fans, cha jumpers, add-in cards, fan headers, etc). Sometimes you really can fix weird problems just by taking it apart and putting it back together again.

    Also, make sure it isn't too close to the wall, or it might recirculate warm air. Make sure your fans are running at appropriate speeds and that you have at least 1 fan for intake and 1 fan for exhaust.

    Edit- Check your mobo's manual and make sure you aren't missing any jumpers, I had that problem once and it was a nightmare to diagnose without accidentally noticing it. Also, do you use a HDD or an SSD? Will changing the orientation of just the hard drive change anything? You could have a failing one if it's a HDD, and putting it on its side might help it, but remember that moving an HDD while it's on and spinning can damage it further.
  6. robax91 said:
    I know it sounds annoying, but try taking the mobo out, air dust it and all of the connectors, then make sure to plug everything in firmly (even the PSU cables) and make sure all cables plugged into the mobo are down tight (power plugs, fans, cha jumpers, add-in cards, fan headers, etc). Sometimes you really can fix weird problems just by taking it apart and putting it back together again.

    Also, make sure it isn't too close to the wall, or it might recirculate warm air. Make sure your fans are running at appropriate speeds and that you have at least 1 fan for intake and 1 fan for exhaust.

    Edit- Check your mobo's manual and make sure you aren't missing any jumpers, I had that problem once and it was a nightmare to diagnose without accidentally noticing it. Also, do you use a HDD or an SSD? Will changing the orientation of just the hard drive change anything? You could have a failing one if it's a HDD, and putting it on its side might help it, but remember that moving an HDD while it's on and spinning can damage it further.


    I'm using a SSD currently. I'll go ahead and replace everything tomorrow and see if that works.
  7. There's no way you are at 30 when playing a game. Need temps when you are lagging.
  8. k1114 said:
    There's no way you are at 30 when playing a game. Need temps when you are lagging.


    Was just testing it, wasn't lagging, but CPU temp went to a max of 101 but stayed roughly at 87 degrees, only running the division.

    GPU temps while in game without lagging was a nax if 57.

    Of course when im testing the temp it starts working briefly.
  9. Heatsink isn't mounted correctly. You can't hit 101c any other way and 87 is high even for the stock hsf. It would have throttled if it stayed at 101 and caused the lag.
  10. k1114 said:
    Heatsink isn't mounted correctly. You can't hit 101c any other way and 87 is high even for the stock hsf. It would have throttled if it stayed at 101 and caused the lag.


    i took the heatsink off and remounted it and its still running at the same temps, its the stock heatsink with the i7 3770k. running at 101 in game. and 79-90 out of game.
  11. k1114 said:
    Heatsink isn't mounted correctly. You can't hit 101c any other way and 87 is high even for the stock hsf. It would have throttled if it stayed at 101 and caused the lag.


    I just tested the temps from when its standing up to laying down, and when i lay it down the temp goes down 40 degress, it goes down to 60 degrees celcius. Is it possible that the heatsink itself is just dying?
  12. Well, if the heatsink is mounted correctly, then you have a CPU problem.
    If you have a friend with a CPU for the same socket, borrow it and see how it performs, I am 90% sure that it will stay in the safe temps.
  13. Best answer
    Your temps are obviously the problem. That's way too high. You should be sitting in the 60s, 70 tops, under load. Are the pushpins all the way in like this. http://techreport.com/r.x/buildguide/pin.jpg You can also look and tell if the heatsink is making good contact on the cpu and see the thermal paste being pulled up when the heatsink is taken off.
  14. lakimens said:
    Well, if the heatsink is mounted correctly, then you have a CPU problem.
    If you have a friend with a CPU for the same socket, borrow it and see how it performs, I am 90% sure that it will stay in the safe temps.


    i set the pc on its side again and the temps went from 101 to 55. so now its within safe temps in game, and now i stood my case standing vertically, upright position again and the temps are staying the same, around 53-70 degrees. I think it may be the heatsink itself and contact issues?
  15. k1114 said:
    Your temps are obviously the problem. That's way too high. You should be sitting in the 60s, 70 tops, under load. Are the pushpins all the way in like this. http://techreport.com/r.x/buildguide/pin.jpg You can also look and tell if the heatsink is making good contact on the cpu and see the thermal paste being pulled up when the heatsink is taken off.


    yep I made sure that the push pins are all the way in, and when i lifted the heatsink off, some paste was pulled up with it, but it never left a bare spot on the CPU itself, it was always a full layer of paste on it. but it's also not too much paste, when i had put new paste on i only put the size of like a grain of rice. or a BB from a bbgun.
  16. If the orientation of the case makes that much difference in the temp under the same load, the CPU cooler is not mounted properly.
    As said in the first reply.
  17. USAFRet said:
    If the orientation of the case makes that much difference in the temp under the same load, the CPU cooler is not mounted properly.
    As said in the first reply.


    i've remounted in 3 times and made sure all the push pins are in completely, and it's not loose. Do you think the fan itself could be going bad?
  18. Sslick said:
    USAFRet said:
    If the orientation of the case makes that much difference in the temp under the same load, the CPU cooler is not mounted properly.
    As said in the first reply.


    i've remounted in 3 times and made sure all the push pins are in completely, and it's not loose. Do you think the fan itself could be going bad?


    Does the fan spin?
  19. No, if the fan is blowing, it's not going bad.
    Now the heatsink is the problem here, see if some of the push pins are broken.
    If some are broken, the heatsink might be leaning down when the case is vertically placed.
  20. USAFRet said:
    Sslick said:
    USAFRet said:
    If the orientation of the case makes that much difference in the temp under the same load, the CPU cooler is not mounted properly.
    As said in the first reply.


    i've remounted in 3 times and made sure all the push pins are in completely, and it's not loose. Do you think the fan itself could be going bad?


    Does the fan spin?



    yes the fan spins
  21. Sslick said:
    USAFRet said:
    Sslick said:
    USAFRet said:
    If the orientation of the case makes that much difference in the temp under the same load, the CPU cooler is not mounted properly.
    As said in the first reply.


    i've remounted in 3 times and made sure all the push pins are in completely, and it's not loose. Do you think the fan itself could be going bad?


    Does the fan spin?



    yes the fan spins


    Then the fan is not 'bad'.
    So...what do you think it is?
  22. USAFRet said:
    Sslick said:
    USAFRet said:
    Sslick said:
    USAFRet said:
    If the orientation of the case makes that much difference in the temp under the same load, the CPU cooler is not mounted properly.
    As said in the first reply.


    i've remounted in 3 times and made sure all the push pins are in completely, and it's not loose. Do you think the fan itself could be going bad?


    Does the fan spin?



    yes the fan spins


    Then the fan is not 'bad'.
    So...what do you think it is?


    I'm not sure hence why im asking here. Do you guys think its a connection issue, or a mobo issue? or the heatsink in general. Should I just go by the evo 212 by coolermaster since it's cheap and it should fix it?
  23. First check cpuz and see the vcore and speed and if that is fine, I'd think something is wrong with the cooler and get a new one.
  24. k1114 said:
    First check cpuz and see the vcore and speed and if that is fine, I'd think something is wrong with the cooler and get a new one.


    what should they be at?
  25. 3.5-3.9ghz, shouldn't be higher than 1.2v. These are at load of course.
  26. k1114 said:
    3.5-3.9ghz, shouldn't be higher than 1.2v. These are at load of course.


    http://prntscr.com/bbktq5

    That's all im looking at correct? So those are fine?
  27. You are throttling still so not getting a load reading. It's at 1.6ghz. You underlined the specs, not the actual speed.
  28. k1114 said:
    You are throttling still so not getting a load reading. It's at 1.6ghz. You underlined the specs, not the actual speed.


    where is the actual speed? i assume its the "Core Speed" Right?
  29. Ya but if you are overheating like you are, it would be difficult to get a correct load reading. Just go replace the heatsink.
  30. k1114 said:
    Ya but if you are overheating like you are, it would be difficult to get a correct load reading. Just go replace the heatsink.


    Thanks for all you're help. You're amazing!
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