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Everything posted by TheyCallMeGunny

  1. Short answer: Yes, GPU load percentage is a relevant number. Answer more catered to your question: if you're getting 30-40 FPS in this game, you're probably not going to lower the GPU load much. It'll still be under 90%+ load, but you'll probably notice slightly higher framerates as you clock it up. So as far as determing OC efficiency, nop it's not relevant in a game receiving low framerates. Long, generalized answer: GPU load represents how much of your GPU an application is using. For instance, if you play a game at 60FPS and your GPU usage is only 50%, that would indicate that your GPU has plenty more punch than the game even uses. This is basically headroom, which is a good thing. The lower your GPU usage, the lower your temperatures will be. Also, this is an indication that you could potentially raise graphical settings if you're running on low load, and that your GPU can handle more stressful applications than what you're currently running. At the same time, if your GPU NEVER goes above a certain percentage, even in high demand rendering tasks... It could potentially be a sign of a bottle neck. In this type of case, check other resource monitors. If a game reads 40% GPU usage, and 90%+ CPU usage, it's likely that your CPU is bottlenecking your GPU. Which hints that upgrading the CPU could also improve the GPU's performance. GPU usage ties into a lot of things basically. But.. In your case of high GPU usage, it doesn't mean anything major as long as you're getting FPS that you're happy with. Although, if you have high temperatures, the GPU load should have a lot to do with it. Still, no point in upgrading if you'll only end up using 50% of what you have. Modern GPUs are made to handle some pretty high temps.
  2. Motherboard: ASUS M4A88TV-EVO USB3.0, has a built in temperature sensor on the motherboard right under the CPU. Only reading I can get with the core unlocked. Since there's no other way for me to measure my temps, I just go by what it reads. AI Suite II is the monitoring program I use, as it was supplied with the motherboard. I do have reasonable cooling installed, including all case fans replaced with aftermarket fans, Hyper 212 Plus (push/pull) and AS-5 on every chipset, plus a modular PSU to reduce wire clutter. --Edit: It may just be my case (Rosewill Challenger) but I found that removing my side intake fan (over GPU) actually lowered my max CPU temps by 2C. Maybe it's just interrupting the airflow from front to back. But my GPU runs hot as heck either way, so I ended up removing it (though I throw it in for show occasionally, just for the extra LEDs in pictures.) And thank you as well, Waco. I'd +1 you, but it says I've reached my limit lol. I'll have to do it another day. You've been helpful on two of my posts this week, really appreciate the input
  3. I actually just replaced that last week. Got something name brand, 80 Plus silver.. Trying to remember the name of it. Raidmax RX 530-SS I believe. 530W semi-modular. I know the wattage went down by label, but with the change in efficiency I'm actually getting more from it. Sold it to some guy for more than I paid for it, bought a new one for $5 more than that. So I got the upgrade for $5 and a few days wait (shipping times). Good deal if you ask me.
  4. Not particularly an AMD fan, actually prefer Intel. This baby was built on a budget of $600 (monitors and all) and a bunch of lucky sales. Thank you for this post, sheds a lot of light on my decision to upgrade.
  5. I game and work on my PC equally. I have reached two different sets of maximum stable OCs with my pc, and I just wanted to know should I stick with the higher clocked X3, or the lower clocked X4? I'm just getting tired of tweaking all the time and want my PC to remain one way for the next few months. My CPU and memory are as follows: AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE (3.2 GHz stock) CORSAIR XMS3 DDR3 1600 9-9-9-27-41-1T Here are my current overclocks: X3: CPU Core: 4,255 MHz HT Link: 2,530 MHz RAM: DDR3 1840, 8-9-8-24-31-1T X4: CPU Core: 3,200 MHz HT Link: 2,000 MHz RAM: DDR3 1600 9-9-9-24-31-1T Temperatures are fine both ways, never topping 44C on the CPU ever. I'm replacing my GPU soon, and I just don't want to mess around with overclocking for a while after I take care of that one final component.
  6. Arctic Silver 5 is the best I've found. Just be careful as it is conductive, and getting any on your motherboard could be fatal. I usually abuse newegg, but not when buying mine. It's $15 on newegg right now, I got the exact same thing for $3 on ebay. When buying something like thermal compound, you can almost always find a cheaper deal if you look around.
  7. I wanted to know if I could enter my CPU into this. reason I'm asking is it's an unlocked Phenom II X2 555. It's only unlocked to a triple core, not all four. Would I be able to submit this entry or does it not fall into any of these categories?
  8. This one's a bit odd... My landlord has changed policies in the middle of my lease, and I don't feel like quitting smoking. So I'm installing an ashtray in a DVD drive. I know my way around modding, computers, and metallurgy (with limited tool access at the moment).. I just wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions for how to design this. My current plan is to strip out a DVD drive, save for the motor and sliding disc tray. Then cut out the top of the front facing panel, and attach a metal bay (ashtray itself) to the ejecting disc tray. So when you press the eject button, an ashtray pops out. But I wanted a bit more "flare." I'm debating LEDs, ventilation (tubes exhausting smoke out of top of PC) and other neat ideas. Does anyone have any suggestions for what I could add to this somewhat plain design? I'm not looking to spend an arm and a leg, but I do have various tubing, screws, bits of metal, wiring, etc.. And could possibly make my own accessories for this. ---PS--- My case is a BRIGHTLY LIT Rosewill Challenger with all blue LED fans on each side (even internal on PSU and heatsink). So I'd like to stick with the black/blue theme. Also, it has very good temperatures even under load with a massive overclock on everything: So if a little smoke escapes into the case, it shouldn't be a problem. Which means, I'll even try some radical ideas. --Edit: I have 5 extra DVD burners I'm not using.. So I have room to mess up a couple times. I just really want some unique ideas from you guys. Thanks for any suggestions!
  9. Edit: Skyrim isn't the topic at hand, judging my system's performance for an upgrade is. How do I tell if I'll receive the extra performance on a new card that I get now?
  10. Well I do play more than Skyrim, it's just my main addicition right now. There are some games where I just want to be able to jack up the Anti-aliasing and play a prettier game. Not to mention DirectX 11, been tempting me for a while, but only recently got a good enough job to buy a better card haha. --Edit: Sorry I'm buying a new one. Have a particular card in mind. And about not being fps intensive: You're right about that. But my card shouldn't do this at 1920x1080 anyways. I guess I should've used a more fps intensive game to reference the performance.
  11. So I don't know how, but when I built my PC I must've gotten lucky somehow: Because I get drastically higher framerates and stability than anyone says you can get on this hardware. I personally don't understand how the stats don't match up. But I'm planning to upgrade to a GTX 560 Ti very soon, after a few years of abusing my old GTS 250, and I was wondering if I should expect the same exceptional performance boost in my next card. Here's my current rig, if it helps anyone figure out why I get such better performance than I should (Will also reference various performance benchmarks to explain this whole thread): CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 B55, 4.255GHz --Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz unlocked and overclocked-- RAM: 4GB CORSAIR XMS3 DDR3 1840 @8-9-8-24. --Overclocked-- MOBO: ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 GPU: XFX GeForce GTS 250 1GB Core Edition (738-1000-1836) PSU: ORION 585W Continuous PSU HDD: WD Caviar Blue 320GB, 2x Seagate 320GB for media and game storage. And a 1080p monitor and 5.1 creative sound card. The performance I see above expected comes in a lot of areas, but really the graphics are all I want to know about: GTS 250 1GB: I'm getting a steady 50+FPS in Skyrim and 35-45 while recording full size with FRAPS at 1920x1080 (60Hz) (minus theives guild, very stuttery) with ALL high settings except low shadows (max distances, 16xAF, 2xMSAA ultra distance object detail, LOD Bias Clamped, multisampling, 2 pre-rendered frame limit, High Quality texture filtering- All set via Nvidia Inspector and matched in game launcher) and the following other changes: .ini Changes: uGridsToLoad=7, Exterior Cell buffer=64, shadowmapresolution= 2048 (primary and secondary), exteriorshadowdistance= 3000, TreesReceiveShadows=1, Draw Land Shadows=1 Mods: Vurts flora overhaul, STEP, A Quality World Map, Tytanis, Vals Crafting Meltdown, TESV acceleration Layer, SkyUI, Glowing Ore Veins 300, Headbomb's Better Sorting, High-Res NPC Clothing (2048x2048 version), and EBN Cinematic Skyrim. According to every site I have looked at, I shouldn't be getting more than about 25fps at these settings on my GPU. As for the CPU, haven't seen many triple cores overclocked as high so can't really compare. And about a hundred other games playing above what I've been told they should. The only thing about my system that runs as it should is if I put anti-aliasing up at/above 4xMSAA. Typically at 4 it runs horrible, though some games do allow to 8x before the hit. So again, the question is: Should I expect my GTX 560 Ti to also give me a boost in performance beyond the "expected"? Is there some way to figure out what causes my system to run as efficiently to determine that? --Note: FPS have been tested with FRAPS, PlayClaw, and a few various benchmarking programs. Even PassMark and 3D mark rank this much closer to a GTX 460 than a GTS 250. I have played about 70 game son this system since I first built it, but Skyrim is my most recent addiction: So it's the only one I'm listing at the moment. I'm not looking to show off, I've been hounded on other sites for posting this. I know my rig is mid-high range, but it runs very well. And I just don't want to buy a GTX 560 Ti if it turns out that my GPU is the "lucky component" in my system and I end up with a smaller performance margin after the purchase.
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