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Computer Not Running At Full Potential

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So as the title says, i don't think my computer is running as good as it should. When i try to play even the most basic games the game lags and is unplayable, when i'm watching HD Movies it also lags. Any help would be appreciated

My Spec:
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64Bit

MotherBoard: ASRock Z87 Extreme3

CPU: Intel Core I7 4770

GPU/Graphics card: AMD Radeon R9 290 947MHz 4GB

RAM: 16GB DDR3

PSU: Corsair RM850

OS Hardrive: Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB

5 x External Hardrives
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  1. What games are you playing and at what resolution and graphics settings? Do you have the latest driver updates for you R9 290?
  2. Matthew-san said:
    What games are you playing and at what resolution and graphics settings? Do you have the latest driver updates for you R9 290?


    i have the latest drivers for my graphics card. The main games i try to play are Call of Duty, Battlefield and Fallout. The resolution i use is 1920 x 1080. I've tried playing games with high graphics and low graphics but it doesn't make a difference is just lags either way.
  3. What average fps do you get? have you checked GPU and CPU utilization %?
  4. is the screen connected via display port? and what do you have running in startup can cause lag
  5. ema21del9 said:
    What average fps do you get? have you checked GPU and CPU utilization %?


    I tried fallout and by cpu was up around 20% but GPU was hitting 100% with the fan getting very loud. The Fps was averaged about 12. Also after a couple of minutes of playing the game the fan got very loud and the computer just turned off
  6. Without seeing any info about temps it sounds like it's related, maybe it's going too high and the clock downgrades itself as a "self protection" measure. Install HWMonitor and play Fallout using windowed mode so you can see in "real time" the temps you get from CPU and GPU and reply back here with the info.
  7. @RARRAF my screen is connected through HDMI is that's what you mean. I also checked what was running when starting up and there all that was there was mainly audio and display drivers nothing heavy
  8. ema21del9 said:
    Without seeing any info about temps it sounds like it's related, maybe it's going too high and the clock downgrades itself as a "self protection" measure. Install HWMonitor and play Fallout using windowed mode so you can see in "real time" the temps you get from CPU and GPU and reply
    back here with the info.


    So I tried that and my GPU temp was 65 and CPU temp 98
  9. 98C? that's a lot of heat for the CPU, is it overclocked?
  10. ema21del9 said:
    98C? that's a lot of heat for the CPU, is it overclocked?


    No it isn't wouldn't even know how to do it
  11. You can't run games off external hard drives.

    Your CPU is also overheating.

    You need an aftermarket cooler:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/products/cpu-cooler/

    or your stock fan isn't properly secured.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1919588/install-stock-intel-pushpin-cooler-properly.html
  12. Best answer
    I would have guessed it was because of the mobo chipset, but I just saw the version of the CPU isn't "unlocked", nvm this.

    Is the computer new? my first try would be to apply some new thermal paste to the CPU and see if the issue persists, the CPU fan is spinning, right?
  13. James Mason said:
    You can't run games off external hard drives.

    Your CPU is also overheating.

    You need an aftermarket cooler:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/products/cpu-cooler/


    I'm not running games off external hard drive I'm using the internal SSD drive. Would the cpu overheating cause my problems?
  14. what ema21del9 said is good advice if you do have displayport on your monitor and graphic card you would notice an improvement in visuals look it up on youtube
  15. LFC180 said:
    James Mason said:
    You can't run games off external hard drives.

    Your CPU is also overheating.

    You need an aftermarket cooler:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/products/cpu-cooler/


    I'm not running games off external hard drive I'm using the internal SSD drive. Would the cpu overheating cause my problems?



    Yes, when a cpu gets too hot (like over 80+ degrees) it will throttle down it's clock speeds (run slower) to reduce the temperature.
  16. ema21del9 said:
    I would have guessed it was because of the mobo chipset, but I just saw the version of the CPU isn't "unlocked", nvm this.

    Is the computer new? my first try would be to apply some new thermal paste to the CPU and see if the issue persists, the CPU fan is spinning, right?


    The computer is about a year and a half old. The cpu fan is spinning. I'll try the thermal paste and let you know if it makes a difference
  17. I've fixed several computers as simple as that, let me know how it turned.
  18. ema21del9 said:
    I've fixed several computers as simple as that, let me know how it turned.


    Will do thanks for your help
  19. ema21del9 said:
    I've fixed several computers as simple as that, let me know how it turned.


    Oh my God that worked thanks so much cpu temperature is way downow but GPU usage and temperature are high when playing a game (100% usage and 78 degrees) is that normal
  20. 78C is totally normal and 100% usage means it's using the full potential of the GPU which is also good.
  21. ema21del9 said:
    78C is totally normal and 100% usage means it's using the full potential of the GPU which is also good.


    Brilliant. Last question for you, everytime I turn off my computer I need to plug out all USBs to get it to turn back on. Is this a case of the psu not being powerful enough?
  22. LFC180 said:
    ema21del9 said:
    78C is totally normal and 100% usage means it's using the full potential of the GPU which is also good.


    Brilliant. Last question for you, everytime I turn off my computer I need to plug out all USBs to get it to turn back on. Is this a case of the psu not being powerful enough?



    I don't think so, USB energy consumption is really low, the computer doesn't boot at all?
  23. ema21del9 said:
    LFC180 said:
    ema21del9 said:
    78C is totally normal and 100% usage means it's using the full potential of the GPU which is also good.


    Brilliant. Last question for you, everytime I turn off my computer I need to plug out all USBs to get it to turn back on. Is this a case of the psu not being powerful enough?



    I don't think so, USB energy consumption is really low, the computer doesn't boot at all?


    Doesn't even switch on but when I plug them out it switches on
  24. LFC180 said:
    ema21del9 said:
    LFC180 said:
    ema21del9 said:
    78C is totally normal and 100% usage means it's using the full potential of the GPU which is also good.


    Brilliant. Last question for you, everytime I turn off my computer I need to plug out all USBs to get it to turn back on. Is this a case of the psu not being powerful enough?



    I don't think so, USB energy consumption is really low, the computer doesn't boot at all?


    Doesn't even switch on but when I plug them out it switches on



    First time I heard such issue for real, dunno what could it be.
  25. ema21del9 said:
    LFC180 said:
    ema21del9 said:
    LFC180 said:
    ema21del9 said:
    78C is totally normal and 100% usage means it's using the full potential of the GPU which is also good.


    Brilliant. Last question for you, everytime I turn off my computer I need to plug out all USBs to get it to turn back on. Is this a case of the psu not being powerful enough?



    I don't think so, USB energy consumption is really low, the computer doesn't boot at all?


    Doesn't even switch on but when I plug them out it switches on



    First time I heard such issue for real, dunno what could it be.


    @ema21del9 not to worry. My main problem is fixed now and I'm not too worried about the turning on issue. Thank you for your help and time and everyone else who commented on this thread, really appreciate the help
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