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April 5, 2012 3:36:55 AM

hi all i have a problem with my new build any help would be very helpful
asus crosshair v formula thunderbolt
16gig ram(2 x 8 gig) i now its overkill lol
corsair h40 cpu cooler
windows 7 64 bit
asus radeon hd 6950

now the problem iam having is the graphics card up to the job as i cant play battlefield3 it crashes all the time also windows is unstable at times (iam not playing with the setting )if it is the graphics card i have $400 to spend on a new 1 and any ideas on a new 1

thanx richard

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a c 103 U Graphics card
a b Ĉ ASUS
April 5, 2012 4:06:23 AM

That graphics card will run BF3 just fine. Does your computer crash only during BF3 or during other applications as well? I suggest that you run Prime95 for a couple of hours and see if it crashes or spits out any errors
a c 175 U Graphics card
April 5, 2012 10:17:33 AM

Check everything, make sure everything is fine. Test all the components and see if all is fine.
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a c 290 U Graphics card
April 5, 2012 11:36:41 AM

What is your power supply? I'd suggest you check temperatures with HWMonitor (downloadable from, while running FurMark and Prime95 stress tests simultaneously.
a b U Graphics card
April 5, 2012 1:43:41 PM

4 sticks of RAM can be problematic. Try using only 2 sticks (in like colored slots). you may have to up the DRAM voltage a bit (0.05 to 0.1 over standard voltage) to maintain stability. download & run MEMTEST86.
April 5, 2012 11:54:36 PM

power supply is 800w iam running all the tests and all good soo far
have just run furmark (the run in test ) and got 17157 frames, 19 FPS, 74°C score 1749 soo thinking the graphics card is ok
a c 290 U Graphics card
April 6, 2012 8:47:12 AM

Did you run burn in test? Does it pass at least 30 mins of it?
April 7, 2012 2:11:19 AM

Sunius said:
Did you run burn in test? Does it pass at least 30 mins of it?

yes everything was ok
April 7, 2012 4:39:26 AM

If you only got 19FPS Average then something is obviously wrong unless you enabled MSAA but even on that card it should run around 40FPS & 64C max temp such as mine does and I run a 6870. The problems you are experiencing sound like software issues, like something is running your system into the ground, possibly a virus, but you never did answer if this happens to you outside of games and without those answers it's really hard to try to diagnose the problem.