• Is this computer halfway decent for my mom?

    Best answer: Sounds like an ordinary computer box, should work. But trying to use more than 4GB of RAM on a 32 bit operating system is not possible. More important is why the existing desktop has problems. Guessing that no basic maintenance of the system has been done. Proper cooling. Cleaning up fans and heatsink of the... show more
    Best answer: Sounds like an ordinary computer box, should work. But trying to use more than 4GB of RAM on a 32 bit operating system is not possible.
    More important is why the existing desktop has problems. Guessing that no basic maintenance of the system has been done.
    Proper cooling. Cleaning up fans and heatsink of the CPU.
    Hard disk is clogged with useless stuff. Should be 1/4 empty at least. Try the free Ccleaner program.
    Too many utilities loaded on power up. Search how to use MSCONFIG.EXE in Windows systems to unload the operation so things like videos run smoothly.
    There might be virus contamination taking over. Run one of these--Avast, AVG, Malwarebytes, Total AV, Trend Micro Housecall. Most have free versions that are just fine for normal use.
    With no clue what link is between that desktop and computer, no guess how fast you should be getting video streaming. Run speed checks and talk to the ISP (Internet Service Provider) that is giving you data.
    18 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Why is my computer always heating up?

    19 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Can't get sony sound system to work with my computer?

    my sony sound system won't work with my computer but it works with everything it stop working when moved not sure why its not working
    my sony sound system won't work with my computer but it works with everything it stop working when moved not sure why its not working
    8 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Why do i have bad Frame Rate on new Gaming PC?

    Best answer: Asrock 985GM-GS3 fx 785G AM3+ << Bad choice AMD am3+ fx 6300 six core << Bad choice 8gb ram << OK coolmaster 400W Power Supply << Bad choice MSI GTX 1060 6GB << Excellent corsair watercooling Hydro series h60 << very good The FX-6300 which needs to be overclocked to get it to... show more
    Best answer: Asrock 985GM-GS3 fx 785G AM3+ << Bad choice
    AMD am3+ fx 6300 six core << Bad choice
    8gb ram << OK
    coolmaster 400W Power Supply << Bad choice
    MSI GTX 1060 6GB << Excellent
    corsair watercooling Hydro series h60 << very good

    The FX-6300 which needs to be overclocked to get it to lower than average performance from bad performance, is a high power need CPU. The motherboard is in old design with low quality audio, but normally not the issue other than its poor features.
    An FX-6300 in gaming, when overclocked, is about as good as a 4th generation core i3 Intel CPU and is priced very cheap. It is much better in other pc functions.
    The power supply can be any of many CoolerMaster 400W power supplies and is the very minimum for a GTX 1060 6GB + FX-6300 and is pressed to its maximum when gaming.
    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archi...
    B series RS-400-ACAB-B1 (ver. 2) made by CWT, 33A@12V 80 Plus white efficient 230V - Average for 400W
    Extreme Power 2 RS-400-ACPB-M3 made by CWT, 18/17split rail. Not efficient. Below Average for 400W
    Elite Power RS-400-PSAR-J3/-PSAP-J3 and RS-400-PSAR-I3 /-PSAP-I3 by FSP or Solytech are low quality 350 watt power supplies, labeled as 400W
    Extreme Power Plus Tomahawk RS-400-PCAR-A3 /-PCAP-A3 is low rated 400W madeby Acbel
    GX II Pro series RS-400-ACAA-B1 made by Enhance Electronics is average 400W
    MasterWatt Lite MPX-4001-ACABW is similar as an average 400W

    You did not state your country and the maker of the PC. You paid a lot of money for a great graphics card and they filled the rest with below average.

    You could have an overheating problem for weak air flow.
    Your varying frames per second is probably the underperforming CPU designed in year 2012.
    You could have unstable power.

    I don't like the motherboard and it is not a good one, but it looks like everything was done to minimize the cost after a great graphics card was chosen.

    Although updating drivers could be a fix, this build is in line for trouble its whole working life.
    There is too much graphics power for the weak balance of the build.
    It could also be caused by software running in the background.

    It takes a more expensive set of parts to give proper performance to a GTX 1060 6GB.
    A good builder would not sell that PC. I look at the part set and it makes me sad. I have 32 years in Engineering in computer hardware and I don't like when a PC builder takes advantage of a customer.
    The motherboard is not good at support of overclock on the CPU.

    Gaming optimizing software might help. With the FX-6300, Razer Cortex might stabilize the PC
    https://blogs.systweak.com/2017/11/10-be...

    If you named your country, I could try to suggest a good power supply.
    The XFX brand is very good. EVGA supplies made by Super Flower are excellent
    http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archi...
    Most Corsair are OK or good.
    Any made by Seasonic are generally very good.
    The 400 Watt Cooler Master ones are either just barely passing or inadequate.
    You should have a good 600 watt 80+Bronze or better, but can use a decent 500W as about minimum to be stable.

    Yes, a better motherboard would be nice, but with an FX-6300, all of the motherboards are of old designs.
    AN FX-6300 is a US$55 CPU.
    AN i3-8100 with a new technology motherboard uses DDR4 ram and costs more, but really is about minimum for a GTX 1060.

    You cannot fix that PC since it needs a new better CPU, new motherboard, new power supply, possibly a better computer case with good air flow, new ram, and not sure if Windows 10 will transfer license.

    Maybe Razer Cortex or other game optimizing, overclock the cpu, check temperatures maybe better system fans, better more stable power supply, and although it will dip in frames per second, it should do a lot better than it is doing.

    This is a long answer because the build is so messed up.
    Make sure your video cable is connected to the graphics card and not the motherboard.

    I'm sorry there is so much wrong, but I tried to think of every fix.
    8 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Ryzen 5 1600x randomly stopped working?

    I have had this pc for a while, and it has started to act up. I am not sure what the cause was, but after I reformatted my hdd due to sluggishness my processor just stopped working. Any time I boot it I get a blue screen with the WATCH_DOG_TIMEOUT error. I have tried almost everything other than replacing parts. I... show more
    I have had this pc for a while, and it has started to act up. I am not sure what the cause was, but after I reformatted my hdd due to sluggishness my processor just stopped working. Any time I boot it I get a blue screen with the WATCH_DOG_TIMEOUT error. I have tried almost everything other than replacing parts. I have removed the cmos battery, updated bios, reset bios, took apart and put my pc back together, you name it. One thing I did notice was that it was pulling about 1.45v and I heard it was supposed to pull 1.3ish. I updated my bios and it didnt fix it, although it did make it last longer before crashing. Please help, I would rather not buy a new cpu.
    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Computer keeps rebooting without warning?

    Best answer: Random reboots are usually a power problem. Sometimes they are caused by a short circuit, a failure with the power supply, a problem with the motherboard, or a problem with another piece of hardware. Typically the GPU won't cause the system to randomly reboot unless it's the part that having the power... show more
    Best answer: Random reboots are usually a power problem. Sometimes they are caused by a short circuit, a failure with the power supply, a problem with the motherboard, or a problem with another piece of hardware.

    Typically the GPU won't cause the system to randomly reboot unless it's the part that having the power problem.

    You'd want to start small before taking it to a tech shop. Check the power cable and try a different outlet. If there is corrosion around the power outlet on the Power SUpply then that could very well be the problem. It would be a good idea to try a different power cable. Make sure the 24-pin ATX connector and all other connectors are secure.

    Overheating typically causes the system to shut down and not restart. Also the tell tell sign of overheating is the PC shutting down while it's performing an intense task like like gaming.

    You also have to look at when the PC is rebooting. Is it completely random or does it happen when a particular task is running.
    7 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • What is a decent upgrade from an HD 6670?

    I have the 1GB DDR3 version, not the faster GDDR5 one. To give an idea of how powerful it is, it can run GTA V on the lowest settings at 720p at around 35 fps, and at 1080p with the lowest settings and shadows completely disabled (looks pretty ugly but it runs better) around 20-25 fps. I just want a new GPU that... show more
    I have the 1GB DDR3 version, not the faster GDDR5 one. To give an idea of how powerful it is, it can run GTA V on the lowest settings at 720p at around 35 fps, and at 1080p with the lowest settings and shadows completely disabled (looks pretty ugly but it runs better) around 20-25 fps. I just want a new GPU that can run games like that at 1080p low settings at 60 fps. I have very little money to spend, so it needs to be cheap. Any suggestions?
    5 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Is there any point of getting higher than 32GB DDR4 2800MHz (2 X 8GB) ram?

    Is know there’s a couple of higher speeds but I’ve read that they don’t add much after 2800MHz
    Is know there’s a couple of higher speeds but I’ve read that they don’t add much after 2800MHz
    7 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Would it be possible to do this with my windows 7 computer?

    OK, so I have an use this computer in months, and I forgot the password to login. Good I just put in the restore disk, and start fresh by erasing everything, and reinstalling windows seven?
    OK, so I have an use this computer in months, and I forgot the password to login. Good I just put in the restore disk, and start fresh by erasing everything, and reinstalling windows seven?
    6 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Bad motherboard bad cpu bad hard drive said geek squad?

    Any ideas why?
    Any ideas why?
    8 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • My PC beeps 3 times when installing a new graphics card and won’t boot up.?

    I was trying to upgrade my HP PC and bought a new graphics card (Zotac GTX 1060 AMP!) and a new PSU (cooler master 550W). Here’s the story! After plugging everything in place, I tried to turn on my PC, I get the normal HP start up screen saying as usual “press ESC for start up menu”. Then my PC beeps once, 30... show more
    I was trying to upgrade my HP PC and bought a new graphics card (Zotac GTX 1060 AMP!) and a new PSU (cooler master 550W). Here’s the story! After plugging everything in place, I tried to turn on my PC, I get the normal HP start up screen saying as usual “press ESC for start up menu”. Then my PC beeps once, 30 seconds after, it beeps 3 more times! then it just freezes and does nothing, I wait 5 minutes and nothing happens, press ESC, went get me to the start up menu. I read that it could be memory problem, I removed the new graphics card and inserted the old one (AMD HD 5450) and the PC boots up just fine like it always used to. So it can’t be a memory problem! I insert back the new graphics card, and it still won’t boot up with the new card. I also tried to uninstall old drivers, no change. And now I’m desperate to know what is the issue. Is it possible that the motherboard is too old? is the fact the PC is HP? What should I do to detect the problem and fix it?!
    9 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Desktop Computer Restarting On Own + Other Issues ~ Help Please!?

    I'm having an issue with my computer, when I turn it on; after a few seconds or minutes as it loads the desktop.. It will restart the PC, have a "No Signal Found" on the monitor and nothing will show (blank screen basically) but computer is still running. so not shutting down but restarting, I know... show more
    I'm having an issue with my computer, when I turn it on; after a few seconds or minutes as it loads the desktop.. It will restart the PC, have a "No Signal Found" on the monitor and nothing will show (blank screen basically) but computer is still running. so not shutting down but restarting, I know this because if I have audio going, that cuts off. NOTE: I haven't installed anything but Itunes. Which was installed 2 days before the issue started. So I know its not a virus or anything like that. Near enough freshly installed windows as done that around 2 weeks ago. ____________________________________ Does anybody know the reason behind this? is it my Power Supply Unit going? or RAM? or Graphics Card? All help will be grateful. Thanks in advance, Nicholas.
    8 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • Recommendations to upgrade my current setup with a budget of $300?

    Best answer: IMO, I don't see much you could upgrade because your system is very good for 1080p 60hz gaming. Whatever upgrades you make should be based on whatever kind of monitor you are going to use. Perhaps saving the $300 then waiting until next spring would be more beneficial because there should be new and better... show more
    Best answer: IMO, I don't see much you could upgrade because your system is very good for 1080p 60hz gaming. Whatever upgrades you make should be based on whatever kind of monitor you are going to use. Perhaps saving the $300 then waiting until next spring would be more beneficial because there should be new and better hardware out by then.

    The only thing you didn't mention was your monitor, which is one of the most important aspects to consider when you're making upgrades.

    For example, if you upgraded to a 1080p 144hz monitor then upgrading the RAM to a DDR4-3200 cl14 kit such as the G.Skill Flare series along with giving the CPU a modest overclock would be beneficial. You would need to overclock in a manner that matches what Precision Boost 2 does on an x470 chipset motherboard, which would involve having a couple cores reaching 4.3ghz while increasing the base speed a little, if possible.

    If you upgraded the monitor to a 60hz 2160p or 1440p then you wouldn't need to worry about overclocking because the Ryzen 5 2600 is more than enough. You need more CPU power when you're trying to push your framerates beyond 80-90fps.

    As a general rule of thumb, you choose your GPU for the settings you want and you choose your CPU for the FPS you want.

    Having the CPU's Warranty get voided by overclocking would only happen if you did something blatant such as overvolting the CPU. When a CPU is overclocked within specifications the chip degrades a little bit faster than normal. A CPU at stock speeds can last well beyond 20 years. If you're going to overclock then you need to read a few guides and figure out what the voltage limits are and how to make sure the CPU is stable. You can't just bump up the multiplier and then expect magic to happen and I've actually seen people fry hardware this way.

    Crossfire????, you might be able to *** a 2nd card for Crossfire but there aren't that many games that do a good job of supporting Crossfire or SLI. I'm not quite certain how you would run Crossfire since you already have an NVMe drive that's occupying 4x PCI-E lanes. According to what I've read so far about your Pro4 board, it wont work because of the NVMe drive. Also, you would need a beefy power supply to run Crossfire, in the 750w range. Crossfire for you would probably lead to a lot of headaches.

    A GTX 1080ti would give you better performance than trying to Crossfire 2 of those cards. A single GTX 1080 would only be weaker than an RX 580 crossfire setup in a certain handful of games. The GTX 1070 would be an upgrade but I don't think it's a good enough upgrade to justify. If you're getting 45fps with the RX 580 then typically the GTX 1070 would bring you close to 60fps, since the GTX 1070 is 33% faster than the RX 580 in gaming.

    On the upside, mining isn't quite dead yet. Right now miners are buying RX 580, 580, 570 and 470 cards people who are giving up on mining. A used 4gb RX 580 is worth about $150. You could sell that card to help pay for a GTX 1080. You could always buy an EVGA card then use the Step Up program to upgrade to an RTX 20 series card if you do it within the 90 day window. The only downside is you have 14 days to register your card with EVGA in order to take advantage of the step up program. 30-days if you're willing to buy an extended warranty. The RTX cards aren't cheap, as the RTX 2080 is $750 at the cheapest, and it looks like Nvidia is going to push back the release of the RTX 2070 for as long as they possibly can.
    7 answers · 4 weeks ago