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Just finished my first Gaming PC - I have a few questions

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August 3, 2012 10:28:11 PM

Hey all I just built my first PC and I have a few questions.

The specs go as follows:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($134.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($206.26 @ Mac Connection)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.87 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Thermaltake 775W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $893.08
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-03 18:25 EDT-0400)

Please note that the 6870 listed is a friends graphics card that I am borrowing and will be replaced with a GTX 670 in a few weeks. I will also be adding another SSD drive.
My purpise for building this rig was to play Battlefield 3 on max settings smoothly. It currently runs on high smoothly and I'm sure I will be able to run Ultra when I get a GTX 670.

However, it seems to have slown down a little bit in the last 2 days. The only programs I have on here are Windows 64, Battlefield 3, Fraps (ripped version) and Core Temp. Is this normal?
It also appears that the icons for Fraps and Core Temp have turned into that ugly white paper page icon since yesterday. Is there a reason for this?
Also, I was playing BF3 this morning and was getting some screen stopping/lag. This wasn't happening yesterday.
August 3, 2012 10:55:44 PM

Did you install all the motherboard/chipset drivers? Did you update the BIOS? Windows Update? Latest GPU drivers?
August 3, 2012 11:14:06 PM

To answer your 1st question, the 670 will play BF 3 on Ultra settings. Double check you have the lastest GPU drivers
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