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  1. As a quick update, I replaced the SSD and power supply last Thursday and my computer has worked flawlessly since. I am happy to have that issue behind me and to get back to DCS and Rainbow Six:Siege. Thanks again!
  2. I ended up going with the 750W version just because the price was cheaper on Amazon than the 650W and I had a gift card I could use. As for the SSD I decided on the 500GB Crucial MX500 model since my other MX500 has been working well. Oh, I didn't - I was just using PCPartPicker as a way to catalog what I currently have. I will see if this fixes the issue. If not, I will see if I can find a way to test my video card in another computer. Thanks again for all the help! You guys are the best .
  3. So I tried reseating the memory and SATA cables, as well as completely wiping my C: drive and reinstalling Windows. Still have experienced crashes. Unfortunately, I don't really have a means of testing my GPU in another system currently so I think I am just going to try ordering a new SSD and PSU. Here is my current build: PCPartPicker Part List: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/LXsJCb CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6 GHz 6-Core Processor ($145.89 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard ($119.89 @ OutletPC) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Crucial M4 128 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Storage: Crucial MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($96.99 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.59 @ Amazon) Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($44.48 @ Amazon) Video Card: Asus GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB STRIX GAMING OC Video Card ($419.99 @ Newegg) Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($99.89 @ OutletPC) Monitor: BenQ XL2411Z 24.0" 1920x1080 144 Hz Monitor Monitor: Dell S2716DG 27.0" 2560x1440 144 Hz Monitor ($629.99 @ Walmart) In terms of an SSD, I was thinking about a second of these: Crucial MX500 1 TB 2.5" Solid State Drive to replace the Crucial M4 128 one. As for a PSU, would this one be a good choice: EVGA SuperNOVA G3 650 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply ? I think 650 W should be enough but could go with a 750 W if that would be better.
  4. I tried MemTest again and it came back fine after multiple full passes. I tried a GPU stress test tonight and that also was fine. I cleaned out the case last weekend but did not try reseating the memory or SATA cables. I will do that this weekend. Nothing is currently overclocked so I should be good on that front. The SSD that my OS is on is not new (I think I purchased it several years ago and it is 120GB). The power supply is even older though. (In fact, you mentioned this when I asked for assistance in upgrading my computer last fall so perhaps that is the culprit and you can say I told you so ) Thanks again for everyone's help. I am sure providing tech support is not anyone's idea of a good time so I am especially grateful!
  5. Thanks for the suggestions! I will try testing the hard drive again. (It is a SSD - not sure if that makes a difference but forgot to mention it earlier).
  6. I must appeal to this board's magnanimous nature and ask for help for a recent problem that has cropped up for me. Recently (last two weeks), I have been experiencing random crashes in Windows 10 (this is after six months in my computer's current configuration without issue). They often occur while I am playing a game, though I have also had it happen when I was updating graphics drivers. When the crash occurs, I am able to move my mouse and the caps lock button still turns on and off but I am not able to select anything on the screen. If I wait long enough, a BSOD occurs which mentions one of two errors "Critical Process Died" or "Unexpected Store Exception". I then have to reset the computer using the reset button or holding the power button down for a few seconds. It generally will reboot fine and work for another 30 minutes to an hour before it crashes again. After researching the problem a bit, I have tried various solutions: Antivirus scan - no problems detected System File Checker - there were some errors but I was able to have the system repair them and the errors no longer appear DISM - ran this without issue Checked drivers - all drivers appear to be up to date Updated BIOS - no issue Ran MemCheck86 - no errors detected Used a program to check my hard drives (I can't remember the name of the program - Crystal something) - all hard drives seemed fine (all were 100% except for the C Drive which showed 96% "health" Reset Windows - reinstalled fine but received a critical process died error while updating nvidia drivers At this point, I am not sure exactly what to do since I can't seem to narrow down what is causing the problem. Is it worth it to complete reformat my primary drive and reinstall Windows from scratch? Could it be the hard drive that the OS is installed on that's the issue? Thanks in advance for any suggestions you all might have.
  7. I do like the Battlefield series so I was planning on getting it at some point but I wasn't desperate to get it right away.
  8. So as a quick update, I was able to purchase a Dell S2716DGR for a good price and had a question about upgrading my video card. (I currently have an EVGA - GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card.) I saw it mentioned earlier in the thread that a 1070ti could handle 1440p on most current games. I can get this EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for $399 or I could jump to a Gigabyte - GeForce RTX 2070 for $499. I'd prefer to pay less but if I can get significantly better performance for $100 more, than maybe that's worth it?
  9. Given Nvidia's recent announcement, it sounds like I better start saving now. I probably will just keep an eye out for a 1070 if they start to go down in price a bit. Would that enable me to bump up to a 1440p monitor down the road?
  10. Awesome. Thanks again for all the help. Everything is working great and the stuttering issues that I had on several games are all gone! Now if I could just find more time to play said games.
  11. So I got everything installed last night and it seems to be working well. I did have a question about XFR though. My understanding is that with the 2600x it is better to not overclock it as XFR should achieve almost the same speeds as if I were to manually do it. To utilize XFR I should not make any changes to the CPU settings, correct? What about the RAM though? The BIOS shows the RAM frequency as 2133 as opposed to 3200. Is this something I should change manually and if so, will that disable XFR?
  12. Thanks for the advice! I think I am going to stick with the PSU for now and switch it out down the road if necessary. I did switch out to the full version of Windows 10 though.
  13. Sounds like Windows 10 is the way to go at this point. Thanks, BlueAngel. How would the following build be? PCPartPicker part list | Price breakdown by merchant: CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor ($225.79 @ OutletPC) Motherboard: Asus - ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard ($129.99 @ B&H) Memory: G.Skill - Ripjaws V Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3200 Memory ($149.99 @ Newegg) Storage: Samsung - 860 Evo 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($199.99 @ Amazon) Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($94.89 @ OutletPC) Total: $800.65 Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available Generated by PCPartPicker 2018-08-11 13:18 EDT-0400 I could then wait on the video card a bit to see if their prices come down when the next series comes out.
  14. Thanks so much for such a detailed response! I always feel out of my league when it comes time to upgrade anything as I am not enough of an enthusiast to keep up with what's current. It sounds like it makes sense to wait on the video card for a bit so I may just look into upgrading the motherboard, processor, memory, and perhaps adding a larger SSD. With regards to Windows 10, I assume it is worthwhile to upgrade at this point? 7 has served me well for a long time but I imagine it is becoming outdated? Again, I am extremely grateful for the advice!
  15. So I was excited about the release of Monster Hunter World yesterday but when I started it up I found I was having a lot of stuttering. There have been a few other games that this has been the case with in the last year so I am thinking it may be time for an upgrade (particularly my CPU). My last build was in 2011 (though I upgraded my video card a few years ago). I am posting my current build below and wondering if someone might be able to suggest some upgrades? This would primarily be used for gaming. I plan to stick with the monitor for now but could see getting something 1440p in the future. If possible, I would like to reuse any components that are still capable (such as the power supply, case, etc). Realistically, my budget is probably $1000 or less. PCPartPicker part list: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/wXKZ9J Price breakdown by merchant: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/wXKZ9J/by_merchant/ CPU: Intel - Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor (OC'd to 4.2GHz) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master - Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler Motherboard: MSI - P67A-G45 (B3) ATX LGA1155 Motherboard Memory: Corsair - Vengeance 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Storage: Crucial - M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Storage: Western Digital - Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Video Card: EVGA - GeForce GTX 970 4GB Video Card Case: Cooler Master - HAF 922 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case Power Supply: OCZ - ModXStream Pro 600W 80+ Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply Optical Drive: Asus - DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 OEM 64-bit Monitor: BenQ - XL2411Z 24.0" 1920x1080 144Hz Monitor Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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