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July 27, 2012 8:12:07 PM

Idk if my graphics card is failing in my pc, but something deffinately is.

Virus/malware scans come up with nothing but when i do anything that require more graphics power than just sitting on the desktop (youtube, games, etc...) The processes that I'm pretty sure are controlling the graphics card (atiutility and atigpu) start to multiply, and each one takes up like 5-15% cpu usage, so after like 5 or 6 of them each start opening my cpu usage jumps too 100% and everything starts to become unusable.

I'm still not sure if its my graphics card because i'm getting no artifacts, no high gpu usage, all stock speeds, and it idles around 42c.

Also bsods have been appearing frequently over something i cant remember the name but it started with "ntfs" or something like that
Is this my graphics card? I think it might be my hard drive dying because its really old.

What do you guys think?

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July 27, 2012 8:27:56 PM

N11Ckk123472 said:
Idk if my graphics card is failing in my pc, but something deffinately is.

Virus/malware scans come up with nothing but when i do anything that require more graphics power than just sitting on the desktop (youtube, games, etc...) The processes that I'm pretty sure are controlling the graphics card (atiutility and atigpu) start to multiply, and each one takes up like 5-15% cpu usage, so after like 5 or 6 of them each start opening my cpu usage jumps too 100% and everything starts to become unusable.

I'm still not sure if its my graphics card because i'm getting no artifacts, no high gpu usage, all stock speeds, and it idles around 42c.

Also bsods have been appearing frequently over something i cant remember the name but it started with "ntfs" or something like that
Is this my graphics card? I think it might be my hard drive dying because its really old.

What do you guys think?


i would blame your power supply first but you have gave no specs for your system at all which doesnt make it easy for us
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July 27, 2012 8:29:34 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 4Ghz.
Wintec DDR3 1600 2GBx2 RAM
WD 5400 RPM 250gb HDD
Asus M5A97 970 AM3+ Motherboard
MSI R6850 Cyclone Edition OC Edition
OCZ ModXTreme 600w Modular PSU
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a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2012 8:35:34 PM

N11Ckk123472 said:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 @ 4Ghz.
Wintec DDR3 1600 2GBx2 RAM
WD 5400 RPM 250gb HDD
Asus M5A97 970 AM3+ Motherboard
MSI R6850 Cyclone Edition OC Edition
OCZ ModXTreme 600w Modular PSU


Doesn't sound like a graphics card issue... With an OC'd system, first thing I would check for is the cooling. Are your CPU temps still fine or are there dust bunnies in the system now ?

Then, are your BSOD messages predictable (as in always the same error ?) If it quotes the same file every time, I think you may have driver issues (that may or may not be caused by crashing due to something else).

If you are not getting artifacts, and GPU temps are okay, then look else where. By looking at your rig, your HDD seems old. The ntfs message you got seems like your HDD may be failing.

If you are certain the processes that are acting up are driver related, try updating your driver first. Do a full uninstall of old AMD drivers, then install the new one.
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July 27, 2012 8:36:04 PM

From what I've read my symptoms aren't a failing power supply. My pc doesn't shut off, nothing overheats, my fans don't randomly go full speed, which I've heard are all symptoms of a failing psu.

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a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2012 8:36:50 PM

Does your board have onboard GPU (I can't remember now), if so, you can pull your discrete GPU and try onboard to isolate the GPU as the culprit.
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July 27, 2012 8:45:23 PM

I'll try that. I'm hope its my hard drive, easier to replace.

But temps are fine on everything, my case has a side window thats made out of honeycomb mesh so its basically open on the sides. I also have 7 120mm fans in my case, including the h60 push/pull.

My hard drive is old, i need to replace it anyways because I'm running out of room. Lets hope the problem will go away.

On an unrelated question, in terms of replacing hard drives, is it as simple as plugging the new one in, and dragging/dropping the files to the new one?
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a b U Graphics card
July 27, 2012 8:48:23 PM

N11Ckk123472 said:
I'll try that. I'm hope its my hard drive, easier to replace.

But temps are fine on everything, my case has a side window thats made out of honeycomb mesh so its basically open on the sides. I also have 7 120mm fans in my case, including the h60 push/pull.

My hard drive is old, i need to replace it anyways because I'm running out of room. Lets hope the problem will go away.

On an unrelated question, in terms of replacing hard drives, is it as simple as plugging the new one in, and dragging/dropping the files to the new one?


Nope, especially if your old drive has problems... The install part is just unplug, plug... BUT>..

If you can, get a copy of Acronis/Norton Ghost/etc imaging software, then image your old drive. You can then use this image file to migrate over to your new drive (sometimes if you buy a new hard drive, you can use the HDD manufacturer's version of Acronis/Ghost, because it comes free with the drive, you just have to download it).

Or you can do a fresh install...
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