frame rate unstable

Feb 8, 2017 6:15AM PST

i just started building my new gaming pc. im not experienced at all with computers. I have a amd fm2 a6 5400k 3.6 cpu I have 8 gb of ram ddr3 and a msi a68hm grenade motherboard. I have a gtx 1050 ti and a Cooler Master Elite V2 - 550W Long-Lasting Power Supply with Full Electrical Protection I also have a cpu fan but I just don't know why it doesn't work. I have the computer running on windows 10 theres probably tons of settings I could mess with to help my gaming but I just don't know what to do. my frames go from 50 to 5 and back and fourth. maybe a driver issue but I downloaded the ones I needed from the disks that I was provided with my gpu and motherboard.

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Clarification Request
I read some reviews on the 1050ti
Feb 8, 2017 7:18AM PST

and from what I understand , your frame rate can very depending on the settings you use in the game.
I suggest you drop the graphics (video) settings down to medium , I'm assuming your'e trying to run the graphics on High or Ultra.

Frame rates can also very depending on your internet speed .

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Feb 8, 2017 9:43AM PST

ive dropped graphic setting from low to ultra to any really and it didn't make a difference

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Feb 8, 2017 9:46AM PST

I don't think its the graphics card I think it should have more than enough power I think it might be my processor but Im not sure

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That a6 CPU
Feb 8, 2017 9:51AM PST
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That's sadly normal for gaming.
Feb 8, 2017 8:15AM PST

There are some new ideas with variable or DYNAMIC SHADOWS where the game when it senses the rate drop, pulls back on shadows and other effects to get through the complex scene.

There are folk that are new to all this and want it to be a bug in their system, driver or card but the more you dig into this the more you see that settings make all the difference.

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Cpu fan
Feb 8, 2017 10:11AM PST

What is this about the cpu fan does not work?

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Missed that one.
Feb 8, 2017 10:18AM PST

Wow. Could be just this thing.

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Nice Catch !
Feb 8, 2017 10:27AM PST
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Feb 8, 2017 11:44AM PST

I have a coolermaster 212 led. with fresh thermal paste. and it is indeed working

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The led is working ?
Feb 8, 2017 11:48AM PST

Or the fan is spinning ? Devil

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Feb 8, 2017 12:04PM PST

the fan is spinning and I even went into bios and turned up the rpms for the fan

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Speccy reading. SINGLE CHANNEL RAM.
Feb 8, 2017 12:06PM PST
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Feb 8, 2017 1:22PM PST

ok what do you think should do to fix those things? oh and I also took off my cpu cooler and reapplied thermal paste too/

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1. Get a second stick of RAM.
Feb 8, 2017 1:26PM PST

It must be same size, make and model. Plug it into the matching slot noted by the motherboard manual.

2. I think the 80GB is your OS drive. For 30ish bucks go get the 128GB SSD and clone the 80 to the SSD. You will get speed gains all over.

3. Already answered in the reading.

Post was last edited on February 8, 2017 1:27 PM PST

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Feb 8, 2017 1:57PM PST

ok ill order another stick of ram this week and a ssd. should I just run off of the ssd until I get another for a second storage or should I get a new hdd for storage.

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The Seagate wasn't so bad.
Feb 8, 2017 2:03PM PST

The OS boot drive gets hit many times a second for many reasons and the 80GB is such a slug that you could be getting dings in performance unnecessarily. Or rather, not from what you were suspecting.

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Everything in this thread is true
Feb 8, 2017 2:09PM PST

But I still wonder about your internet connection ( wifi or ethernet ? ) and at what speed ?

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Feb 9, 2017 7:48AM PST

I'm using a netgear wna3100 wifi adapter. idk what speed

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Just to keep life simple
Feb 8, 2017 6:26PM PST

Get a 480/500GB ssd.
Remove both hdd's.
Partition the ssd into one drive and use it for everything.
You can keep things sorted with folders.

Ram, don't mix make/model/size sticks.
Best to get a 2x4GB kit @ 1866.

Cpu temp, max temp for that cpu is 70C, your showing 66C, just keep an eye on it.

Can you connect to your router with ethernet, just for a test.

Power plan, set all that stuff to never/disabled.

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Feb 9, 2017 7:50AM PST

I already have a 8 gb should I just buy another one. and the router is down stairs so no. how much is a ssd of that space?

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Feb 9, 2017 9:30AM PST

The problem with buying one stick of ram is you might not get an exact match.
This might lead to problems when the machine enables dual channel.
That's why it's best to buy a kit, 2 matched sticks.

Ssd.....$120 plus.

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Feb 9, 2017 10:28AM PST

Well I found one with the same type model. Number and everything. And that's a chunk of money.

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Feb 9, 2017 10:57AM PST

The new stick can be the same make and model but because it came from a different batch it could be slightly different than your stick.
This is where that monthly crash/hang shows up.

That's why it best to buy in kits, 'matched sticks'.
How about a 2x4GB kit.

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Feb 9, 2017 12:28PM PST

Oh ok. Well if that's the better way to go. I'll go for a pair of 4 gb then. I didn't know they could be so different. Why is ram sold in singles then anyway?

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Single stick
Feb 9, 2017 2:35PM PST

Most folks don't understand or pay attention to dual channel.

If they want some amount of ram total they just install as many sticks as needed to get to that total.

The effect of using dual channel can range from very little to a nice bump in perf depending on the machine and the apps being run.

I would never config a dual channel capable machine in single channel mode.
I'm not going to leave that extra perf on the table just to save a buck or two.

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Here's my finding on AMD A series.
Feb 9, 2017 2:58PM PST

On AMD A series the hit from single channel seems worse than the non A series.

There's a lot that can be done with this machine. It's like the anchor is out, the brakes are set and drag chute deployed too.

I think the OP needs to pick on these areas and work it out as they see fit.

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Feb 9, 2017 4:37PM PST

Could you explain a but more?

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you could also ask,
Feb 9, 2017 4:14PM PST

why is it sold in "kits"

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Feb 9, 2017 4:36PM PST

Ok. Why is ram also sold in kits.

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