Helping with tech questions - TweakTown's Ask the Experts - Page 12
My 4 1/2 year old core 2 quad system recently shuts down by itself whenever i play games especially Far Cry 3, Black ops 2 and Doom 3 BFG... then the screen says processor thermal trip warning when i reboot... is this a warning sign that i should upgrade now to a core I-7 system? i will list down my specs in order to know what part is causing the problem... thanks in advance...
- core 2 Quad Q6600
- palit GTX 560ti 2GB
- intel P45 mobo
- 650W PSU
- 150GB raptor
- 500GB scorpio blue
- antec 900 case
- kingston 8GB DDR 3 1333Mhz
From what you've explained there - your system is shutting down automatically when you're playing games, as well as showing a message that your processor is overheating.
You could take this as two sides - a sign to upgrade, which is something you could do to get around these issues. Secondly, your CPU could be overheating, and all you'd need to do is maybe open the case up and see if the CPU cooler (the heatsink and fan) is dirty, or dusty. You could take the cooler off of the CPU and motherboard itself, clean the CPU and HSF up and reapply some thermal paste.
This is most likely the issue - and if you didn't want to spend any money, apart from the cost of thermal paste - this should solve your problems.
Of course, you could look at this as a sign to upgrade, and grab yourself a new Core i7 CPU, motherboard and RAM. The GPU, PSU and HDDs are all good, so it would be a cheapish upgrade.
I use an Apple iMac with Windows through Boot Camp and I want to rebind my keys. I don't use the command button all that often and would like to rebind the key so it's better suited to my needs - is there a trick I need to know? Or some software I can download for this?
Thanks in advance,
It must be a great coincidence, but we actually had this question asked by one of the guys here at TweakTown and one of our awesome fans actually replied with a perfect solution: KeyTweak.
Derek from our Facebook page recommended the software, which will allow you to rebind a key from within Windows on your Mac. It's actually a great little app, and is perfectly named... with Tweak in it, anything is possible! ;)
Will the Radeon HD 7870/7850 work with my M5A97 AMD-based Motherboard?
Definitely. Pretty much any PCI-Express-based GPU will work on that motherboard. Heck, you could even put more than one of the GPUs on the motherboard for some CrossFireX action. The board supports quad-GPU action, so you could actually put four - yes FOUR - GPUs on that motherboard.
So you could choose any Radeon HD 7850/7870 GPU on the market, the most powerful, the most overclocked, or the best-looking, and it'll fit and work beautifully on your ASUS M5A97 motherboard.
Hello to everyone: I need bought a graphic card, i had a 8800GT with 256MB and it was broken. I have around 70, i find this cards for that price:Gigabyte HD 6670 (65) - 1GB DDR3 and Asus 8800GS -384MB (50). The hd 6670 DDR5 goes to 90 (almost double price) What I should bought with a little money? Ah, with 8800GT i could play to Skyrim at 1920x1080 with low-mid settings, really. Thanks a lot. I have Ubuntu too and i hope can play with Steam for Linux soon.
Not only would I vote for you - hopefully you get the joke - but let me help you with this question. If you're currently happy with the 8800 GT's performance @ 1080p with low-mid settings, then any of those video cards is going to give you an improvement.
I would skip the ASUS 8800 GTS 384MB card - as it's old, and only has 384MB of RAM. I would suggest, out of the options provided, the Gigabyte HD 6670. It will have 1GB of RAM, and is a fairly current card. It'll have no issues under Linux and will kick the ass of the card you're running now - by a long shot.
Do let us know how you go with the upgrade, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the huge performance difference.
Hi, does RAM speed affect gaming performance?
That's actually a great question, something we hope to cover more in the future in detail. But, yes and no - it also comes down to the rest of the components in your system such as the CPU, and storage.
If we're talking about a decent CPU, such as the Intel Core i5 chip, and let's say a mechanical HDD (not an SSD) - then it might help, but it would be single percentage points. Maybe 1-2% in load times. An SSD would mostly erase any "positive" load times or affects from faster memory for gaming.
RAM will help things that are constantly diving in and out of RAM - such as video or photo editing, rendering, etc. For gaming, there's not much of an improvement, and when there is - it's usually not enough to be instantly visible to people.
I am gonna play games at 1366*768 resolution in 19'' screen.
1.MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition
2.GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 550
3.Sapphire Radeon HD 7770
I want to play at highest settings. Which one would be good plz suggest ASAP, I'm dying to buy ! tnx in advance.
Out of those three GPUs, the MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Power Edition is definitely the way to go. If we were comparing the GTX 550 against the HD 7770 - then I would've suggested the HD 7770. But the Power Edition GPU from MSI is pretty damn good.
Because of your low resolution (1366x768) you'll find most GPUs will be bottlenecked, so any GPU in this price range should perform quite well. The MSI GTX 650 Ti Power Edition actually overclocks quite well, and performs at higher resolutions admirably.
Hello again Tweakers,
I'm looking into buying a new smartphone this Christmas and I wanted your help in this matter. Basicaly, I'm torn between the Sony Xperia T and the Google Nexus 4. Ussually I buy a flagship phone and keep it for around 3 years. My last 3 phones were Sony, so on one hand I'd continue the legacy, but on the other hand I don't think that the T's dual core is too future proof. I love Sony's design and the camera is better, but the Nexus has Jelly Bean and 2gb of ram. A big minus in the Nexus is the lack of an e pxpansion slot.
Both phones are at the same price here and that further makes my decision harder, so I hope you can help me find a resolution in this matter.
Thank you for your time!
This is really quite easy - get yourself the Google Nexus 4. I reviewed the Nexus 4 here and called it the best smartphone in the world right now, as (in my opinion) it really is. It's fast, it's gorgeous, it's feature-packed, and future-proof.
Google's Nexus-branded devices are always the first to receive the latest iterations of the Android OS - another huge benefit of owning the Nexus 4. I understand you'd like to continue owning a Sony device, continuing your legacy of owning Sony smartphones - but as you said, it's only a dual-core smartphone, where the Nexus 4 sports a quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
Yes, they're both the same price, but the Nexus 4 is heavily subsidized in terms of its price - it's like a $800 smartphone, for just $349.
I just bought a new monitor (Samsung S23A750D) and I want to upgrade my graphic card.
- Samsung S23A750D
- AsRock Z77 Extreme4
- Intel I5 2500k @4,5Ghz
- 16GB of DDR3 1600Mhz G.Skill Ripjaws CL9
- Palit GTX 470
- CoolerMaster GX 750w
What card should i get? (cost ~650$)
The 120Hz monitors are great for gaming - so first off, nice choice! I have the 27-inch model from Samsung and absolutely love it. Since your new monitor is capable of 1920x1080 and 120Hz, if you want to hit that 120 frames per second for the monitor to look silky smooth in games, you're going to need a decent GPU.
For a $650 budget - you have enough to play around with to achieve that - so I would recommend something from NVIDIA. For $529.99 from NewEgg, you could get yourself's MSI GeForce GTX 680 Twin Frozr card, which features 4GB of RAM and an awesome custom cooler.
Alternatively, since your motherboard supports SLI and your PSU is beefy enough - you could go for two-way SLI GeForce GTX 670s. NewEgg sells Galaxy-branded GeForce GTX 670s for $359ea - just over $700. This would give you plenty of power to reach 120fps in most games, and would beat the single GeForce GTX 680 in terms of performance.
The last alternative, is to grab the GTX 680 and down the track grab another one for SLI action.
Edit: Some people have wondered why I haven't recommended an AMD Radeon-based GPU - well, that is definitely an option so I'll add that in here now. NewEgg sell some of the HIS- and Sapphire-branded Radeon HD 7970s for just $379.99. You could also two-way CrossFire them up for some extreme performance.
The reason why I recommended NVIDIA here is because I've (personally) had a better run with them with 120Hz monitors. I will be running some more tests and providing some walkthroughs of this in the near future, so keep checking back to see how we go!
I'm looking for my next upgrade.
I have the following currently:
Yamakasi qHD monitor.
AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE @ 4.3Ghz.
32GBs of DDR3-1333MHz G.Skill Ripjawz.
M4N98TD EVO (with the built in GPU turned onfor PhysX.)
EVGA GTX 670 @ Stock everything.
Samsung 830 for OS.
Some WD Blues for storage.
Where do I go from here? I don't really play that many 3D game as I used to, Skyrim is pretty much the only real 3D game I play anymore. I ask because I always feel the need for more power. I understand that anything from Intel will be better, but I haven't had any Intel desktop products since the Pentium 3 days. Should I wait for whatever is coming out from AMD or jump ship while I can?
P.S. - I'm a bang-for-your-buck kind of guy.
First off - I'd keep your RAM, GPU and storage. The two things you can spend the money on would be the motherboard and CPU.
I'd suggest upgrading to the Intel Core i7 3770K and a third-party HSF, something like the Corsair H80 cooler, or the H100 if you feel a bit hardcore and want to push the CPU to 5GHz with some overclocking. If you want to save some money here, you could grab the Core i5 3570K which is just $219.99 - compared to the $299.99 cost of the Core i7 3770K.
Motherboard wise, you would be best grabbing something that is SLI-capable, in case you want to throw in another EVGA GeForce GTX 670 for some awesome SLI performance. You could go with something like the ASRock Z77 Extreme 9 motherboard - which is quite feature-packed but has a great price on it.
ASRock's Z77 Extreme9 is only $299.99 on NewEgg - but is capable of overclocking that Core i7 3770K to some extreme clocks, will support your current 32GB of RAM, and sports 4-way SLI and CrossFire support - giving your GPU upgrade paths some huge legs.
I use this board in my system here at my AU-based TweakTown lab, and it is a truly awesome motherboard. I use the Core i7 3770K and Corsair H100 and have my CPU sitting at 5GHz without an issue - best of all, this combo will cost you under $1000 and will give you an absolutely huge injection of performance over your current AMD-based setup.
What's a GPU (costs under $200) that can play any games on the market at decently high settings?
For just over $200, you could get yourself a GeForce GTX 660 - which should play games at medium-high settings without a problem. You'd most likely get lower frame rates at a higher resolution such as 1920x1080, but if you reduced down to 1280x720 (still higher than consoles) and get decent (30-60fps) if you mix the details right.
For the same price ($209.99) - you could get Sapphire's Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition OC, which comes with a free copy of Far Cry 3, can't complain about that! That would play games at the same kind of frame rate.
On top of the GPU, your CPU will come into play - especially in newer games like Battlefield 3. Battlefield 3 with a high-end GPU, even the GTX 670, and a mid-range GPU, such as Intel's Q6600 from a few years ago, really does stink. Sub 30-40fps, and skips in the frame rate. A better CPU, even a newer Core i3 or i5 runs it much, much better.