2 Computers, 2 issues... .. why me?
Alright so let's start with my buddies issue:
PC has odd black flickering during.. well almost everything. From games, to movies, to just tabbing through windows.
We thought it was vista/driver problem. Upgraded to the newest Drivers - no change, Upgraded to Windows 7, no change. The issue has problem beyond visual, during the gameplay of The Sims 3 - the system gets a message that the visual driver crashed and recovered, and the game get's incredibly sluggish and laggy.
This issue doesn't seem to happen on Windows 7 now - but it IS too laggy to enjoy.
Video - HD 4850 (or 4870.. I think 50 though)
Any ideas whatever else it could be?
My issue.. my rig... I had to clean it out and I decided to remove some of the shielding because well.. it was horridly dirty. I discovered something terrifying though. The CPU generic thermal compound was only in a S shape over the chip... this could explain such abnormally high temperatures, could it not? I also discovered my GPU heat sink has a DENT in the copper sink, creating an AIR POCKET that touches the main chip. Now I KNOW this isn't a good thing.
I tried 3DMark Vantage to test my PC.. but it gave me a rediculously low scoring and the recommended CPU.. was my CPU? I am confused.. is 3dMark total BS now?
I have stuttering in games, my temps are off the charts (idling at 63C right now, if you count "internet browsing" idle) Game temps hit 85+
I reapplied what I thought was good heat compound (Arctic 5) in a super thin layer, because I know 'too much, only hurts the cooling'
So maybe I am too out of date for this.... 3dMark score under 7000, Arctic silver 5 not cooling like I thought it would...
Windows 7 64bit
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67Ghz (Stock)
GPU: XFX Radeon HD 4890 XXX Edition@ 900Mhz (Stock)
Ram: OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3 1600 Triple Channel (Stock)
Mobo: ASUS P6T Deluxe
PSU: Corsair TX750W
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache (ST31000333AS)
Cooler Master HAF 932