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August 17, 2012 3:43:24 PM

Basically, im having a lot of frustration with my pc. There are so may problems.

First of my pc freezes alot. the startup and shutdown times are slower than usual. My pc does not install most of my wanted software and drivers. most of the programs i click on end up in a not responding stance. I reformated my pc installing a windows 7 64 bit ultimate from the previous ultimate 32 bit.

I cant get my pc running smoothly!

Specs:

AMD Phenom ii x4 965
8gb Corsair vengeance ram
AMD radeon 6670 hd
Asus m5a78l-musb3 motherboard
550 w psu
Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit OS

And one last question are my specs good for gaming? once all the problems sort out I will order an AMD radeon 6950 hd graphics card?

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August 17, 2012 3:46:32 PM

Sounds like a Virus / Malware. Have you scanned it?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 3:47:32 PM

Which HDD? And a 6950 isn't worth it anymore. Get a 7850.
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a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 3:48:21 PM

Your build is fine with the 6950 for gaming. Make sure you have run all the updates for Windows 7. Also make sure all of your drivers are updated for you devices, especially your GPU. Make sure to download the most recentr drivers from the radeon website. Download GPUZ and something like coretemp and check all your temps to make sure nothign is out of wack.
August 17, 2012 3:49:56 PM

samuelspark said:
Which HDD? And a 6950 isn't worth it anymore. Get a 7850.


Im not sure what hdd is there any other way of finding out besides opening my pc up? Its 250 gb btw and i use an external drive (500gb).


Im not sure about the GPU. I am a low end graphics gamer. (minecraft, wow, day z, left 4 dead, guild wars 2 etc)
August 17, 2012 3:51:43 PM

price_th said:
Sounds like a Virus / Malware. Have you scanned it?



I havent scanned anything I reformatted my pc. Removing my anti virus becuase norton is horrible. But that did not solve it. :(  But im sure reformatting my pc removes virus malware?
August 17, 2012 3:52:06 PM

avenseth12 said:
Your build is fine with the 6950 for gaming. Make sure you have run all the updates for Windows 7. Also make sure all of your drivers are updated for you devices, especially your GPU. Make sure to download the most recentr drivers from the radeon website. Download GPUZ and something like coretemp and check all your temps to make sure nothign is out of wack.


Thanks for the quick reply! Ill do the updates my automatic updates were turned off :p  . Now when i install the radeon drivers the installation progress just keeps resetting very strange.
August 17, 2012 3:53:59 PM

avenseth12 said:
You need to scan your computer for viruses. After that, make sure all your drivers are up to date


Currently, all my drivers are out of date but my pc does not install the drivers for some reason. the installations just freeze.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 3:54:28 PM

You need to scan your computer for viruses. After that, make sure all your drivers are up to date
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 3:55:13 PM

He re-installed everything, so probably not poopware.
What brand and model is that "550W" PSU?
Have you tried running with just one RAM stick installed? Have you run memtest on your RAM?
Your specs are just "ok" for gaming. Modern or demanding titles will need to be turned way down on a HD6670 unless your resolution is really low like 1366x768. What is your monitor's resolution?
I'll need to know more about that PSU before suggesting a video card. Also, what is your budget for improvements?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 3:56:33 PM

Is your copy of Windows 7 legitimate, or is it a cracked version? If the latter, we will be unable to provide meaningful assistance regarding OS updates until you have obtained a legal copy.
August 17, 2012 3:58:56 PM

Onus said:
He re-installed everything, so probably not poopware.
What brand and model is that "550W" PSU?
Have you tried running with just one RAM stick installed? Have you run memtest on your RAM?
Your specs are just "ok" for gaming. Modern or demanding titles will need to be turned way down on a HD6670 unless your resolution is really low like 1366x768. What is your monitor's resolution?
I'll need to know more about that PSU before suggesting a video card. Also, what is your budget for improvements?


Brand for PSU is CIT i beleive. I will do the ram check along side with memtest. And I know the 6670 is useless but I am getting a 6950 or 7850 as "samuelspark" suggested.
August 17, 2012 4:03:57 PM

Will a broken RAM stick make your pc slower?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 4:04:32 PM

Ooh, that CIT PSU may be [part of] your problem. If it has a little voltage switch on it, assume it is good for no more than half its label, and that not cleanly; it may be responsible for your stability problems.
Before even thinking about a GPU upgrade, you'll need to replace it. A quality modern PSU has some level of 80+ certification, which means it also has active PFC (no little voltage switch). Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, Enermax/LEPA, and FSP are among the better brands.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 4:06:15 PM

Bad RAM won't usually slow a system down, but can be responsible for freezes and crashes.
August 17, 2012 4:06:51 PM

Onus said:
Ooh, that CIT PSU may be [part of] your problem. If it has a little voltage switch on it, assume it is good for no more than half its label, and that not cleanly; it may be responsible for your stability problems.
Before even thinking about a GPU upgrade, you'll need to replace it. A quality modern PSU has some level of 80+ certification, which means it also has active PFC (no little voltage switch). Seasonic, Antec, Corsair, XFX, Enermax/LEPA, and FSP are among the better brands.


Are you sure that the PSU is part of the problem? I mean it was working fine when i had the 32 bit OS installed. (i want to spend the least money on a troubleshoot)
August 17, 2012 4:09:21 PM

Onus said:
Bad RAM won't usually slow a system down, but can be responsible for freezes and crashes.


I will try just one stick twice on both ram sticks
August 17, 2012 4:09:52 PM

Onus said:
Bad RAM won't usually slow a system down, but can be responsible for freezes and crashes.



Also, if the ram sticks are detected by windows does that mean they are ok?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 4:14:25 PM

Curtis1234 said:
Are you sure that the PSU is part of the problem? I mean it was working fine when i had the 32 bit OS installed. (i want to spend the least money on a troubleshoot)

If the PSU is an obsolete, overrated, inefficient design, it will be incapable of supporting a GPU upgrade (and may die violently, killing other parts), even if it is perfectly stable at the 150W-200W max you may be pulling from it now. So yes, unless it is 80+, you will need to replace it. It's not for the efficiency, but that 80+ tests at 100% load. Even though their temperature is the unrealistically low 23C, a cheap PSU would die under those conditions.

Curtis1234 said:
Also, if the ram sticks are detected by windows does that mean they are ok?

No, not at all. They could still be defective or unstable.
August 17, 2012 4:18:31 PM

Onus said:



No, not at all. They could still be defective or unstable.
My pc still freezes with only one ram stick. i will try the other one.

a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 4:26:00 PM

Is your copy of Windows 7 legitimate?
August 17, 2012 4:26:21 PM

Onus said:
Is your copy of Windows 7 legitimate?


Not sure. My dad gave it to me via usb
August 17, 2012 4:29:24 PM

How do i check if it is legitimate?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 4:35:23 PM

Hmmm, then it probably isn't. Did he give you the COA to go with it? Ask your dad. Is it activated, according to Microsoft?
August 17, 2012 5:18:38 PM

on the computer properties it says windows is activated and then theres a genuine code
August 17, 2012 5:19:09 PM

Any more suggestions? Ill try the mem test at night. I fear it will take a long time.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 5:19:30 PM

Well then, maybe it is. How did the other RAM stick do?
August 17, 2012 5:23:17 PM

pc seems fine. after rmoving 1 ram stick just slow internet. going fibre optic
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 5:29:44 PM

If your PSU is not 80+, whether or not it is part of your current problems (I'm pretty sure it is, possibly to include damaging your RAM or mobo with spikes or unstable voltages), it will not support a GPU upgrade, so you might look into a replacement; that will keep you from waiting for the new one to arrive. You should be able to find something reasonable for $60-$80.
You may also wish to test your hard drive. HDDTune is a free download.
Also, I never asked, but is your system overclocked? If so, even if it was stable before, set it back to stock settings for testing.
August 17, 2012 7:20:56 PM

:(  freezing has restarted
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2012 8:38:23 PM

See how it does when you've replaced the PSU. A 500W-600W Seasonic, Antec, or Corsair would be decent, and not too expensive, especially for the quality you get.
June 30, 2013 1:24:41 PM

This was, a while ago. Sorry for bringing up the thread. Anyway, it was because the hard drive was corrupt. Thanks anyway.
June 30, 2013 1:24:43 PM

This was, a while ago. Sorry for bringing up the thread. Anyway, it was because the hard drive was corrupt. Thanks anyway.
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