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The weakest link..

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September 7, 2009 2:31:00 PM

Im here for some advice, Id like to overclock my computer but I want to get rid of the weakest link before I do so.

CPU: Amd Phenom II 940 x4
GFX: XFX 4850 512MB
Ram: 2x2 Gigabytes of Gskill pc6400 800mhz
Mobo: M3a78-Pro ASUS
PSU: 670 Watt


Now, here is my problem, on the video card the levels come stock at 600/1100 I believe. If I try to get a little more oomph out of my card, my computer will freeze during game and Ill have to reboot.

Also, how well does the 940 OC? Should I buy an aftermarket cooler for it?

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a c 248 ) Power supply
September 7, 2009 2:35:47 PM

The veteran posters here usually recommend a third party cpu heatsink to improve cooling. Here's a link to a web site with information about cpu heatsinks you might find interesting:

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

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September 7, 2009 2:58:03 PM

Ok, I will check that out.

How about hardware? How is my setup? Should I replace my video card? I am getting a 27.5 " monitor here in a month, will my card handle it or shall I get something newer?

Hows my mobo?
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a c 248 ) Power supply
September 7, 2009 3:18:01 PM

Do you overclock your system?
Do you plan to use two or more video cards in your system?
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September 7, 2009 3:39:15 PM

Ill most likely use 1, but 2 if I feel lucky.

I want to do some wc'in.
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September 7, 2009 3:44:43 PM

The 4850 is a good card but I think that at that res., you might run out of VRAM with only 512.
I would recommend a 4870 or 4890 1Gig or a GTX 275 or higher 1Gig card.

Check out toms and other charts to compare how different cards at certain res handle the games you like to play.
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a b ) Power supply
September 7, 2009 4:28:57 PM

any specs on make of the PSU ? not all PSU's actually deliver their quote wattage
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September 7, 2009 5:20:30 PM

Get rid of that PSU.
A low watt Corsair, Antec Earthwatts, Seasonic, PCP&C would run that easily. Get a 600-700 Watt iif you want to CF.
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September 7, 2009 5:58:46 PM

Is that a bad CPU?
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September 7, 2009 6:00:54 PM

PSU*
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a b ) Power supply
September 7, 2009 6:01:59 PM

the cpu is fine its that pos raidmax thats bad
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September 7, 2009 6:04:33 PM

Would that cause my pc to crash when I am trying to OC?
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