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Why am I seeing low GPU usage and lower FPS than my friend in Warzone?

Question by Jason from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Video Cards & GPUs | Sep 12, 2021 3:20 PM CDT

Hi! I have an Intel Core i5-10400F CPU and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super with 16GB of RAM. When playing Warzone, I can see that I am getting between 60%-90% CPU usage and only 20%-40% GPU usage through the task manager.

Using the GeForce performance overlay, I can see 70% CPU usage and 50%-60% GPU usage. I am averaging 60-80 frames when a buddy has similar specs and averages 110-120. Please help!

How to upgrade the memory on an ASUS Rampage III Extreme Black Edition

Question by Bob from Canada | Answered by Tyler Bernath | RAM | Sep 9, 2021 3:50 PM CDT

I am currently running Corsair Vengeance memory (CMZ24GX3M6A1600C9) on an ASUS Rampage III Extreme Black Edition motherboard with an Intel i7 990X Extreme processor and 2x ASUS GeForce 680 DC2T 2GD5 GPUs (C7CVCM099279).

I want to upgrade my memory to something that would make my build somewhat faster but still stable, and I wondered if you may have some advice and possibly a better set of DDR3 memory modules to recommend?

I just installed a new CPU cooler, Cooler Master V8 GTS, and I do not have much room as far as height leftover between the top of the DIMM and the fins on the radiator for the CPU cooler. I am not a "Gamer" and not looking to overclock ridiculously. I am just looking to get the "Best and the Fastest" performance out of my build.

I am a graphic artist, website designer/developer, programmer, and photographer, and I utilized just about all of Adobe's software. I do a lot of rendering of images, which I am interested in bettering the performance of my build for. I am looking for a quicker system overall. Can you advise me at all? Thanks, Bob.

What's the best AMD CPU I can pair with the MSI B450 Max motherboard?

Question by Dane from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Sep 7, 2021 4:12 PM CDT

I'm looking to upgrade my CPU. I currently have a 2600x, and I'm wondering what CPU I could replace the 2600x with. I don't want to bottleneck my PC, but I do stream and have a few apps open while doing this. So with that said, I'd like to get the best CPU I can that the MSI B450 Max will handle without rebuilding an entirely new PC.

What suggestions do you have on this? I just want to make sure I get a CPU that the motherboard won't restrict the CPU or components.

Can I upgrade my HP Pavilion P6000 PC to improve gaming performance?

Question by Dave from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Aug 30, 2021 2:50 PM CDT

Would this work for me? I'm looking to upgrade an HP Pavilion P6000 series PC to make it faster to play games more smoothly. It currently has an AMD Athlon 220 processor and 5GB of RAM, and I'm looking to upgrade the processor to an AMD Ryzen 5 and 16GB of RAM and am wondering if this would work.

Is there a better suggestion for a new gamer on a $300 budget? Thanks for any info!

What parts or gaming PC should I buy to hit 120+ FPS in Apex Legends?

Question by Ishan from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Aug 29, 2021 4:40 PM CDT

Hello, I want to purchase a gaming monitor and gaming PC (or the parts to build my PC) with a budget of around £800 - £1000 for games like Apex/Overwatch/Minecraft. I'm looking for a decent FPS (120/150), good response time high-quality resolution.

I wondered if you could point me in the right direction for the best parts/PC or any information about a gaming PC.

My computer is freezing while playing Warzone, what's wrong with it?

Question by Jason from United States | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Aug 16, 2021 12:56 PM CDT

My computer will freeze for a minute or two while I'm playing games. My computer: graphics card = 2070 super CPU = Intel i7 9700f RAM = 8GB ddr4 2666MHz x 4

I was having issues where my computer would randomly freeze, and my games would crash, and I noticed my RAM was running at like 80-100%. So I bought two more of the same RAM stick. This did not fix my issue. I did a factory reset one day when my computer froze and wouldn't reboot. After that, my computer still freezes when I play games, usually while I'm in a fight or redeploying in Warzone. Please help.

Having trouble getting display output from new Ryzen 5 gaming PC build

Question by Rayne from Australia | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | May 2, 2021 4:34 PM CDT

So, I've just built my PC, and here are the parts:

  • Case: Deepcool Matrexx 30
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE A520 AORUS Elite
  • CPU: Ryzen 5 2600 6 Core Processor
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 StormX D6
  • RAM: Kingston HyperX Fury 16GB (8GBx2) 3200MHz
  • SSD: Crucial P2 1TB
  • PSU: Corsair CX650M
  • Monitor: AOC G2490VX/BK 23.8inch 144hz FHD VA LED Monitor

So I'm pretty sure I've set up everything correctly. The RAM sticks are glowing, the case fan is glowing, all the fans from GPU to CPU are all running. However, whenever I turn on my monitor, it keeps coming up with no signal. I've double-checked by replugging HDMI cables and its monitoring my laptop screen perfectly fine. I've also taken out the RAM sticks, plugged them in one by one, and tried placing them in separate slots. None of the parts are damaged at all, and everything is new.

Questions about airflow and dust plus advice on parts for new PC build

Question by David from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Computer Systems | Apr 27, 2021 7:07 PM CDT

Hey, I am a massive fan of your work, and I'm looking forward to my first build.

  • Motherboard - £350 ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI
  • CPU - £300 10700k
  • GPU - £530 EVGA 3070
  • Memory - £240 2x 16GB DDR4 3733Hz Kingston DUAL
  • Storage - £370 ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70 2TB M.2-2280 PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe
  • Power Supply - £200 BE QUIET! STRAIGHT POWER 11 1000W 80 PLUS PLATINUM
  • CPU Cooler - £90 Noctua NH-D15

I'm worried about overheating and dust accumulation which could damage the build. Here I believe the ease of cleaning dust is my paramount concern while buying a case while still wanting excellent airflow. Having looked at the cases so far, I'm unsure which you would recommend for 1. Ease of cleaning and 2. Thermal performance.

I'm thinking of using a positive pressure high intake through filters and 6 Noctua fans 4 in 2 out (in on the front (3) and bottom (1) and out at the rear and top) to get rid of heat. This means I'll be needing to clean those intake filters regularly to stop any potential dust build-up. Can you recommend a case for me?

I also am a bit unsure about power supplies; I'd be looking at 1000W to overcompensate and keep the system as quiet as possible so the PSU fan doesn't ramp up too much. With the fan configuration described, would the PSU be pushing hot air back over the GPU and motherboard? Should I reconsider this part of the build?

I finally thought of duct taping the empty rear PCI extension covers at the back inside and out to stop dust from getting in. Is this wise? Hope to hear from you.

Which SSD to buy for use with ASUS Maximus IX Hero (PCI-E 3.0) mobo?

Question by Krisztian from United Kingdom (Great Britain) | Answered by Tyler Bernath | Storage | Apr 26, 2021 5:45 PM CDT

I need some help, please. I have an old ASUS Maximus IX Hero motherboard with PCI-E 3.0. Looking for an NVMe SSD upgrade as my current Hynix 256GB just doesn't cut it anymore.

I wanted to buy the Samsung 970 Pro 1TB (MZ-V7P1T0), one of the fastest PCI-E 3.0 SSDs, but the price is £219. I then looked at the Samsung 980 Pro 1TB (MZ-V8P1T0BW) for £189, but that is PCI-E 4.0. Is it worth getting the 980 Pro, or is it not backward compatible? Will it run as fast as a 970 Pro would, or would it be slower? Many thanks for your help!

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