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Windows 7: PC Freezing while Gaming

17 Sep 2013   #11
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Make sure that you download the latest drivers direct from Nvidia, save those drivers on a Temporary Folder. Uninstall the current video drivers, then go to safe Mode and run Ccleaner to clean the remnants from your registry. Restart again, let windows install the generic drivers and restart again whether it asks you or not... then go to the Temp Folder, Right Click on the .exe and Run as Administrator so you can install the newest Nvidia drivers of that card.

I assume that you you have a good Power Supply as well? hopefully a 500w or better?


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17 Sep 2013   #12
Contrabardus

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

500w would be best, but he could get away with a 400w as well. If what he has is 400w or better he's fine and doesn't need to get a new PSU, but if it's less than 400w I'd recommend getting a 500w supply.

He probably has a 400w supply as his current card needs at least 350w, but I'd check just to make sure.

Yes, it's plenty of GPU to run the games you want at decent settings. You won't be maxing out Farcry 3 or anything, but you can easily do medium/high settings for that game with that card and it will run the games that have been giving you trouble at decent settings as well.

Don't worry if you need to upgrade your PSU, you shouldn't need to buy anything else as the rest of your specs are fine. That would be the only other thing you'd need to replace if your current PSU is below 400w.
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18 Sep 2013   #13
lordad

Windows 7 x64
 
 

yeah, i bought also a new power supply that can handle my new card and got a better smart fan for my processor i think am doing good till now or am wrong ?
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18 Sep 2013   #14
Contrabardus

Windows 7 Home premium
 
 

That should be all you need. Good call on that fan BTW. It wasn't a necessity, but better cooling is always a plus.

Unplug everything and ground yourself before messing with any components. You probably know that, but just to be sure. All you really need to do is put a piece of metal that is touching the floor against your skin. A thin metal chain wrapped around your wrist will do fine. You can even use a length of metal lying across your leg. It's not to protect you from any danger of electric shock, but rather to keep you from damaging the components due to static electricity. Circuitry is kind of sensitive to that sort of thing.

Just make sure you hook power to everything you need once you hook up the power supply. Take note of everything you unplug and be sure that whatever components are currently getting power continue to do so. It can be easy to forget what needs to be plugged in if you're not paying attention and you might not think about that until after you've unplugged everything. It's a common first time mistake.

All you should really need to do is swap out your power supply, pop your old card off the motherboard's PCIe slot, and put the new card in. There's a latch you have to push in on one end of the slot to get the card off, don't try and just pull it off. It should lock back into place when you put the new card on. After that, you should be able to install your fan and hook up the power connections and you're good to go. You shouldn't have to remove your heat sink [the metal thing under the fan over the CPU] to install the new fan BTW. The old one should pop right off and you should be able to just put the new one on in it's place.

Nothing you need to do to install the new PSU, Fan, or GPU is particularly difficult. It will probably only take about ten minutes or less to do all three.

Good luck and enjoy. That GPU should be a huge improvement and you'll be able to turn the graphics settings up on the games you're playing quite a bit.
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18 Sep 2013   #15
lordad

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Contrabardus View Post
That should be all you need. Good call on that fan BTW. It wasn't a necessity, but better cooling is always a plus.

Unplug everything and ground yourself before messing with any components. You probably know that, but just to be sure. All you really need to do is put a piece of metal that is touching the floor against your skin. A thin metal chain wrapped around your wrist will do fine. You can even use a length of metal lying across your leg. It's not to protect you from any danger of electric shock, but rather to keep you from damaging the components due to static electricity. Circuitry is kind of sensitive to that sort of thing.

Just make sure you hook power to everything you need once you hook up the power supply. Take note of everything you unplug and be sure that whatever components are currently getting power continue to do so. It can be easy to forget what needs to be plugged in if you're not paying attention and you might not think about that until after you've unplugged everything. It's a common first time mistake.

All you should really need to do is swap out your power supply, pop your old card off the motherboard's PCIe slot, and put the new card in. There's a latch you have to push in on one end of the slot to get the card off, don't try and just pull it off. It should lock back into place when you put the new card on. After that, you should be able to install your fan and hook up the power connections and you're good to go. You shouldn't have to remove your heat sink [the metal thing under the fan over the CPU] to install the new fan BTW. The old one should pop right off and you should be able to just put the new one on in it's place.

Nothing you need to do to install the new PSU, Fan, or GPU is particularly difficult. It will probably only take about ten minutes or less to do all three.

Good luck and enjoy. That GPU should be a huge improvement and you'll be able to turn the graphics settings up on the games you're playing quite a bit.




i followed the steps and everything is working fine i tested the fan its working as it should be also for the new graphic driver its working and i updated it and the games are running well and the problem i got in medal of honor warfighter and dota2 totally fixed and the gaming quality really improved too much and the pc stopped freezing, also i removed the dust on the mother board and cleaned the processor and the rams and hardware, last thing i would like to say thanks for this support it really helped me too much and i earned experience in the computer world by it,

My Regards
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18 Sep 2013   #16
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

You are welcome and great job guys you went above and beyond
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18 Sep 2013   #17
lordad

Windows 7 x64
 
 

am sorry i have another question, do i need to remove my old VGA driver files installed? i mean its setup etc..
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18 Sep 2013   #18
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Yes you should remove all traces of the previous drivers before installing the new card, then perform a clean install of the latest drivers after installing the new card.
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18 Sep 2013   #19
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

I thought I had mention to uninstall your old drivers but no problems, as long as you did it now... glad I could help but contrabardus deserves a gold medal as his explanations are always long and well written.
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