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  • Started 6 years ago by 1337Alec
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1337Alec
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I built my computer a few months ago and now it randomly freezes. Sometimes for 5-10 minutes but other times a hard restart is required. I have disabled some programs from running when the computer boots up such as Skype and that fixed it for about a week but now it is doing it again. I have done full scans with Microsoft Security Essentials and updated all my drivers and software. I do not believe it is a graphics card issue because the sound kind of skips. For example if I was watching YouTube it would be like "Hello My Name iiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssssssssssss AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAlllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeecccccc".

Specs of My PC:

Nvidia GeForce 520
Intel Core i5 Processor
Gigabyte Brand Motherboard
D-Link Wireless Adapter
1TB HDD
4GB of Memory
Windows 7 Home Premium OS

I also have a very tight budget and I need a solution to this problem fast so I can do schoolwork.

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raphoenix
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1337Alec,

Run this and report results from several places.
http://www.speedtest.net/

Rick P.

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germ-x
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Does it freeze up if you disable your wireless adapter?
Post your startup programs

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1337Alec
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It does not.

My Startup Programs:

Logitech Download Assistant
Microsoft Security Essentials
Google Update
Microsoft Windows Operating System
HDAudioCPL
Java Platform SE Auto Updater 2.0
Splashtop Connect
STC Agent

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Xhi
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Bump!

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GuiltySpark
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Did you run the speed test Rick suggested ?

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germ-x
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Since it does not freeze if you disable your wireless adapter, try uninstalling your wireless adapter > reboot > then reinstall your wireless adapter.

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1337Alec
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i dont think my wireless adapter

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raphoenix
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In startup Programs, Uncheck mark everything but these.

Microsoft Security Essentials
HDAudioCPL

Then Reboot.

Rick P.

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whisp0
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I had the same problem for a couple of weeks.
My Sony vaio running on windows 7 would work fine for 10 to 20 mins then would lock up and display not responding.
This could be on any program I was using. If left alone for 5 to 10 mins all would return back to normal.
I tried system restore, uninstalling all recently added programs, virus and malware scans. Nothing.

Eventually I checked the (windows event viewer /administration log) which reported :error "windows antimalware"
This antimalware error is related to Micro soft security essentials.

I uninstalled Microsoft security essentials. And Bingo the problem solved.

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1337Alec
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I'm re installing microsoft security essentials because it is a free and very reliable antivirus software and I need it. Would I still have a problem after re installing instead of removing it?

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Lighthouse
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Make sure you download the latest version.

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1337Alec
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Still having problems

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vistamike
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MSE should not give you any problems at all. I use MSE in 7 on 3 machines (32 & 64bit) on home and business machines.

In settings apply 50% cpu time

It would appear that other problems are the cause.

Mike

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1337Alec
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Mine is always at 50% and I still have problems

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germ-x
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Did you try what raphoenix suggested on your startup?

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1337Alec
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Yes I unchecked everything except the essentials like the OS

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1337Alec
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Please Help!!!

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hArLtRoN
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Try installing a different AV. avast! 7 Free Edition works well. I have it on my Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8 CP computers.

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CompWiz
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Have you tried running in SafeMode? And see if it freezes there?

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1337Alec
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I'm trying to boot into safemode right now. My computer was also freezing a lot today and I got an error after about the 4th freeze and it said something like ______GL has stopped working with another ______GL visit Nvidias website for more info?

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germ-x
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This might be what the what your popup is. This is referring to the Graphics Library.
http://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia-opengl-specs
You might have a graphics problem.
Does your system freeze when you are looking at just text and not much graphics?

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CompWiz
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See if you get the same results in SafeMode,

You can also use event viewer to find out where and what error occured.

Start>right-click computer>manage>double click on event viewer(towards the left pane)>check under windows log, and aplications ans services.

There might be something there that can point out your issue.

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1337Alec
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yes my computer even sometimes freezes when I am typing a reply to this post or reading something on reddit.

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CompWiz
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SafeMode?

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1337Alec
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yes

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CompWiz
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Like germ-x pointed out, according to the error it seems like a video problem..do you know if you have a video card installed or if the video is onboard? Do you see other options for video in the back of your computer? Perhaps, we could try another video port.

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1337Alec
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I have tried multiple monitors hdmi and vga and both freeze

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1337Alec
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Am I allowed to bump posts?

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hArLtRoN
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Yes you are aloud to bump posts.

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1337Alec
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I got the same error again just a few minutes ago when I was playing Team Fortress 2 and my computer froze

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germ-x
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If it were me I would still be trying to figure out why the system is freezing before playing games. If you don't then one of these times it freezes you might not be able to boot up.
When did this start to freeze upon you?
What was the last software you installed before it started freezing up?

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1337Alec
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This started about 2 months but it has gotten worse the more I use it and it doesn't mostly freeze on games anymore it freezes randomly and I mostly play games on my computer so it just happens at the same time.

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raphoenix
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What is the EXACT Model Number of the Gigabyte Brand Motherboard ??

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germ-x
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So it started shortly after you got your system up and running.
What if any driver updates have you installed?
Where did you load the GT520 graphics drivers from? Driver Cd that came with the motherboard or from Nvidia website.
After you loaded windows did you load all the drivers that came with your motherboard?

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1337Alec
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I built my computer in January and it started happening about a month ago actually and the exact model number I am unsure of because I no longer have the box. I used the drivers from Nvidias website because I figured I would not have to update them right away. I have not loaded all of the drivers but my system has been working fine for about 5 months after building my computer.

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raphoenix
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1337Alec,

If you Built the machine yourself, you don't need the boxes to know Exactly what components are in the machine.

I think you need to be more Forth Right here to have good solutions offered.

Rick P.

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germ-x
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What drivers from your motherboard driver Cd did you load and what drivers didn't you load?
Some of the drivers are necessary, Windows will load some generic drivers but some of the generic drivers won't work well.

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rdunseith
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1337Alec,
Download Speccy from Piriform Website Make a screenshot of the main page:

It will list your motherboard model and revision.

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ronniesonora
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You might try going here. It will scan your system for the right drivers. http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Scan.aspx

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1337Alec
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1337Alec
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Bump!

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raphoenix
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This is your Motherboard ?
http://www.gigabyte.us/product.....id=3953#dl

Your Manual ?
http://www.gigabyte.us/product.....953#manual

Bios Update F7
http://www.gigabyte.us/product.....=3953#bios

MB Drivers
http://www.gigabyte.us/product.....953#driver

Video Card EVGA GeForce GT 520
http://www.evga.com/products/m.....s%20Family
Card is 2048 MB
*********You are showing 1024 MB in picture

NOT sure why your Video Card Specs Differ ????

The Video Card is running HOT plus the system could use more cooling.

Rick P.

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1337Alec
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I used msi afterburner to increase the fan speed from 40% to 85% always and it is still 66

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1337Alec
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yeah thats my motherboard

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1337Alec
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I started using my other monitor today (VGA) and I haven't had my computer freeze at all for about 6 hours. It normally freezes on this monitor.

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1337Alec
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I have been using my other monitor since Wednesday and I have not had a freeze yet. Why is this? On my other monitor it freezes and the sound does too and I have headphones plugged directly into my computer. For my other monitor I am using a very small insignia tv using HDMI.

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germ-x
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What monitor were you using before? Maybe it was causing your video to overheat and causing the freezing problem. Check and make sure Windows hasn't switched to standard VGA drivers.
If it is still on the Nvidia drivers I would run it for a few more days and make sure it doesn't freeze. If still no freeze then swap the monitor again and see if it freezes.

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1337Alec
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It still does freeze on the other monitor but when I switch back to the VGA one again it still doesn't freeze. I am letting my friend borrow my main monitor right now (Non VGA) so he can test the computer he built. I will not be able to try VGA on my other monitor on Monday. If it doesn't freeze on VGA how would I set it up so that it can play on HDMI? HDMI has better graphics quality.

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1337Alec
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I am using my main monitor again and it still freezes a lot even with VGA. I am using a very very small insignia TV for my monitor. My other monitor is a fairly low quality acer monitor similar to this one http://us.acer.com/ac/en/US/co...../monitor-g but way smaller. I could not find my exact monitor. I really like using the TV because it is bigger with better picture quality.

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CompWiz
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So it is nothing associated with video? Still freezing no matter what you try?

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1337Alec
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No. It freezes when I use the Insignia TV as my monitor but not when I use the acer monitor

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CompWiz
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Honestly, that is very odd..

Never heard such a thing..we'll see what the senior members have to say about it..

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Xhi
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I don't think it is too odd. Most TVs do not come with drivers for their VGA connection. It is difficult to connect them and get the appropriate response. I'not surprised that there is an incompatibility between the TV and the computers Video card.

Change TVs, Monitors, Computers, or video cards. Get something that matches. There is no good reason to expect your video adapter to work with your TV. Just because it can be connected does not mean it will or should work.

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raphoenix
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Xhi is Correct.

Need NTSC or PAL capability Drivers.

Also Video Card is cheapest made. $48

Power Supply should at least provide 18 Amps on Each 12 Volt Rail so as to run any Video Card successfully.

Rick P.

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1337Alec
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So what you're saying is that I need to find a driver for my TV?

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Xhi
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That is what I am saying. But there may, or may not be one. Not all TVs and computers match up. As raphoenix points out you have a cheap video card. and it may just not be compatible.

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1337Alec
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Would lowering the resolution help? I have an Nvidia GeForce 520. Is it really that bad? Would upgrading my video card help?

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raphoenix
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Something like this PLUS Free Catalysis Software from AMD probably will handle your needs.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6814102908

We can go Cheaper. :) :)

Post your Power Supply please.

Rick P.

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1337Alec
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This is the power supply I have http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6817171046 my video card requires 350w power supply so I thought this was good.

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raphoenix
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Alec,

+3.3V@20A, +5V@20A, +12V1@18A, +12V2@18A, -12V@0.8A, 5VSB@2.5A (460W)

The power Supply is on the edge with (2) 12 Volt Rails @ 18 Amps each.

It should be OK with (1) Better Video Card.

Rick P.

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raphoenix
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Maybe Inexpensive Video Card Like this would suit your needs better.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6814150560

http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6814121442

Rick P.

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1337Alec
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I brought my acer monitor over to my moms house (parents divorced) and now it freezes again. Its like there is a problem with the house that is making it freeze. I was able to play games on it all weekend without shutting it off and no.freezes but now it freezes 20 minutes after startup. I am using an adapter so I can plug my computer into the wall and the outlets are very old. Could this be the problem? Also had no problems the previous time I stayed at my dads house

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rdunseith
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What games are you playing when it crashes?

Edit: Are you in the UK?

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1337Alec
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I am in the US and it freezes randomly a lot but I normally play Team Fortress 2, League of Legends, and Minecraft. Those are the games that my computer has frozen during.

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1337Alec
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I am considering getting this http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6814150560 video card. I am just worried that it is not the video card freezing my computer. Could it be the processor?

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1337Alec
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I also need some help getting my graphics card to cool down. I used MSI Afterburner to speed it up all the way and it still gets up to 69-71 degrees. Please Help!

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jmeeks49
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Alec,

My suggestion to you is to follow Rick's advice get a better video card. What i think is happening is your power supply is sending surges of power out to your video card causing it to freeze thus freezing up your monitor/tv. just my 2 cents worth.

John

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rdunseith
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Max operating temperature for your card is 102c. So your within the limits. Have you checked the fans on the card itself for dust accumulation?

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1337Alec
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Ok. I am going to order the one I mentioned earlier.

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raphoenix
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And then we discuss this software.

AMD Catalystâ„¢ Software Suite

http://support.amd.com/us/kbar.....Notes.aspx

Rick P.

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1337Alec
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Do I need an ASUS Motherboard for this video card? http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6814150560

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ronniesonora
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No, the one you have will work.

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1337Alec
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Ok thanks!

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