Best CPU for gaming and XP

September 9, 2009 at 22:47:28
Specs: XP
My computer recently took a crash, I was previously
running a AMD FX 57 with a Asus A8N-Sli Mobo. I
used this comp specifically for gaming and just basic
applications. I really haven't been following the new
CPU's, so I am looking for some insight. I need to
know a good CPU for gaming, I am open for any
ideas, Intel or AMD. I want to keep a good budget
going. I am looking for a good CPU! I know that I
probably have to buy all new ram, and a mobo as well.
Lets hear all your guys ideas! Oh yea I want to
continue to run XP.

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#1
September 10, 2009 at 00:51:42
I think you just need a more cooling device on the tower or have more spacious casing so that you can stop the sudden blue screen. It might be caused by overheating that is why it having crashes. Also maintenance is a must keep it on proper function. You already got the Ideal processor or higher AMD product will also get more prefer to be more high gaming computer. But it will be useless if you don't maintain it well.

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#2
September 10, 2009 at 04:46:21
You have a S939 setup so you're gonna need more than just a CPU. At the very least you'll need a CPU, board & RAM. You may also need a power supply & video card...it depends on what you have now.

You're gonna have to be a little more specific about what you want/need & how much you're willing to spend. Are you from the US?


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#3
September 10, 2009 at 09:04:55
I am from California. Ok well here is more about my set up, I
have a Nvidia GTX 8600 756mb, along I have 4g of Kingston
ddrx, I believe it's DDR2 4 gb. I have had problems with
cooling but I upgraded my CPU fan and all has been fine I
keep my side case open for more airflow and constantly
replace the thermal fluid on top of my CPU. Here is my
problem, when I start my computer it goes to the pheniox bios
page a require me to press F3 to continue to windows, but my
keyboard won't fire up! I tried reseting the CMOS by the
battery and jumper no luck! I am stuck at this point! Maybe
any of you guys have ideas? Or even somewhere I cam send
it to get fixed. I built it on my own, so I have some experience,
but obviously not a a computer genius. Oh and spending limits
I am open to all ideas. If I can't fix this computer, I will
certainly want one just as good! Thanks guys.

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#4
September 10, 2009 at 10:51:11
"I believe it's DDR2 4 gb"

The A8N-SLI uses DDR, not DDR2.

"I keep my side case open for more airflow"

Keeping the side panel off reduces airflow.

"constantly replace the thermal fluid on top of my CPU"

Thermal fluid? Is your CPU liquid cooled? If you're talking about thermal paste, it only has to be done once & if it's done correctly, it never has to be done again unless you remove the heatsink for some reason.

All you need is a tiny dab of paste about the size of the grain of rice & it should NOT be spread around. If you use too much, the heat from the CPU won't transfer to the heatsink properly & the CPU ends up overheating. Just put a small dab in the center of the CPU, then lock the heatsink in place...that's all there is to it. Here's the instructions:

http://www.arcticsilver.com/pdf/app...

"my keyboard won't fire up!"

USB? Get yourself a PS/2 keyboard or try a USB to PS/2 adapter.


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#5
September 10, 2009 at 13:22:54
That's a good idea, I never tried the ps/2 port. Didn't even
realize I had one on my board. As for the thermal fluid, I
actually meant thermal grease. Thanks for the info on how
much to put on, I have replaced my CPU cooler 4 times, from
water cooling to fans, that's why I have replaced the grease so
much. The reason I keep my side case open is because
before it would just keep to much heat in my comp case, so
now that the side is open the heat can rise out easier. Thanks
for the info, if the PS/2 port works then problem fixed!

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#6
September 11, 2009 at 00:47:10
Did you do any updates before the blue screen was showing up?

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#7
September 11, 2009 at 11:53:47
No I didn't do any updates, if your are talking about windows
updates. I actually had a problem with a update, it would
install then would freeze my computer and shut it off. As for
the keyboard, I have had this problem for some time now, I
would have to unplug the power cord and plug back in and
my keyboard would just work occasionally. It isn't a blue
screen either it is a black screen. It seems now that my
monitor will not turn on. It just started happening today, when
I tried to put in the PS/2 adapter. It seems like this thing just
doesn't want to work for me.

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#8
September 11, 2009 at 12:50:02
So finding out that my monitor wouldn't turn on, I switched my
graphics card to the other PCI-Express slot, and it turns out
that it just turn on. Now when I plugged in the PS/2 keyboard it
does the same thing as the USB keyboard, it will light up for a
second then automatically turn off. I have no clue on what to do
now, any other suggestions?

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#9
September 13, 2009 at 00:34:01
Could be your power supply. You may have to get that checked out if you are having to unplug it and plug it back in to get stuff working. I had an issue with one of my clients gateway computers with something like that. The power button would light up the hard drvie light would light up, the fans would kick in, but I wasn't getting a boot until I had to unplug the power cable in the back of the case and plug it back in then. It would boot fine after that and it would power off and power on fine without any issues for a good 7 or 8 times and then it would do the same thing again. So I ended up replacing the power supply and the problem was solved.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#10
September 13, 2009 at 23:45:41
Well great then. It's good that you posted on how you solved it. It will benefit others that might have the problem.

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#11
September 17, 2009 at 19:30:52
I don't think it's my power supply. I replaced my power supply
to a silverstone 1000w about 3 months ago so it's farely new. I
kind of got over it and ordered a new set up. I am still going to
try to fix my system but it's a lost cause at this point. I decided
it's time for a upgrade. I recently purchased the i7 intel 940
processor. I got another Asus board, with 10gb of corsaire
dominator ram. I am just going to slap my 8600gtx in there for
now. I also picked up the new thernaltake full size tower to
keep all this cool. Hopefully all will go succesful.

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#12
September 17, 2009 at 23:08:09
Oh.. so it means it's not solved yet and it's not a possible power supply problem. but you know even brand news stuffs have defects so you might have a defected product have you tried to see if warranty of it can still be used?

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#13
September 18, 2009 at 00:15:35
I will know soon, if it doesn't work on my new system then you
are correct. Is there any other way to check it before going out
and spending more money on another power supply? This thing
is 3 months old, so I wouldn't know if its a defective product, its
been working this whole time.

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#14
September 20, 2009 at 23:34:04
Well defected products doesn't how signs that fast unless you push it to it's limit.

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#15
September 21, 2009 at 15:47:59
So there is no way to test it? Do you think it would affect my
system? I am planning on building it this weekend and just
want to make sure that it won't affect any of my new products if
it is a bad power supply?

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#16
September 21, 2009 at 23:13:49
Well a failinf power supply it a great ris k to a computer. becasue its a source of the power of the system and may over charge it. But if you really want to try to test it have tried to see if there is any electronic services around your area you might get it check to see if tis really whacked or not.

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#17
September 22, 2009 at 16:23:47
Thanks, I called fry's and they do testing on the power supply
for 29.99. Thanks for the help Iycan20! Hopefully it isn't
messed up, didn't expect this much money on my build.

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#18
September 23, 2009 at 00:21:25
You could have tested it out yourself with a multi-meter and saved yourself money, because that's all they are going to do.

Iron Sharpens Iron.


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#19
September 23, 2009 at 00:39:13
Well can you teach him how? Kind a miss some things when it comes to power supply options.

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#20
September 23, 2009 at 07:05:04
You can use a multimeter to check that the voltage rails are within acceptable tolerances, but there is no simple way to check whether the rails are capable of supplying the necessary amperage, & amperage is what's really important.

"The methodology most used to review power supplies is just adding a multimeter on the power supply outputs and measuring if there are any fluctuations on the voltages found there. Some websites even compare the voltages found with voltage levels found on competing products. The problem is, this procedure is wrong and tells us nothing about the power supply.

The most common problem with power supplies is their incapability of delivering their labeled current (and thus power). Measuring the output voltages will tell us nothing about this."

Why 99% of Power Supply Reviews Are Wrong


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#21
September 23, 2009 at 09:02:43
Ok, if I test my power supply with a multimeter it will give me
readings, but do I need to test it with my old mobo and cpu to
see if the power supply is giving out the proper voltages? Or it
really doesn't matter?

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#22
September 23, 2009 at 23:23:19
Well just try to follow how to get the test so that you'll know if your power supply is not failing at all.

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#24
September 25, 2009 at 00:03:09
Well Just having a hassle with the research sorry. But I've been googling it

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