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mrfunny123

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alright, i've put in many many hours trying to fix this problem i have. let me tell you the events leading to my disaster. ok, first of all i bought doom3. i played for awhile on my geforce3 ti500 2700+ computer. could get decent frames if i played on low qualities. so i decided to upgrade my graphics card. i bought a 6800 gt put it in and to my amazement i was getting 60fps on high quality at 1024x768. at the same time i decided to give my cpu an overclock and some watercooling. having done this before i went along as i normally have done in the past. went ahead and bought a new power supply (antec truepower 430) to give my new video card a processor the juice it needed. after everything was set up, my cpu overclocked, my temp at 30 C, i went back to play doom3. my fps had dropped to 30-40 at the 1024 setting i was using right before my upgrades. i was getting random restarts every now and then as well. after fiddling around with a whole bunch of stuff, i thought i had either damaged my chip when i put the waterblock on, or had somehow messed up my motherboard. a little dicouraged that my project went sour, i went ahead and bought a new motherboard and processor. decided to get an athlon 64 3000+ and a chaintech vnf3-250 motherboard. took out the watercooling, plugged my new gear in, and to my amazement... SAME FPS. so now i'm thinking it must be the memory. borrowed a stick from my roomate, altough not pc3200 like i had in my system, but pc2700. plugged it in...everything still the same. found two other people, this time with pc3200 sticks, plugged them in...no improvement. so now i think i somehow broke the video card, so i plugged it in to my roomates comptuer (p4 2.2) and it runs doom3 amazing. then, i thought it was my power supply, so i took out my roomates and switched it with mine...same problems. i have 2 hardrives in my system, both 7200 rpm, and tried playing on both drives and got the same exact problems. when i put in my old video card with the same settings i used when i first got the game, i get 7-10 fps. i've run completely out of ideas. things i believe i have ruled out:
motherboard, processor, memory, hardrive, videocard, ide cables...what else could it be??? i have no clue.

note: doom3 is not the only game that gives me problems, but the one i know all the specific details. i still get restarts every now and then when gaming, or watching movies.
 

mrfunny123

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yes, after i thought the watercooling was the problem i removed everything that had to do with it.
 

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update: formatted and reinstalled windows, got service pack 2, directx 9.0c, latest nvidia drivers, latest motherboard drivers, and latest bios. conclusion -> not fixed. :(
 
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changed too much stuff at once. always upgrade piece by piece so you can make sure there isnt something wrong with your components.
 
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Hi,

Had you check the Mainboard Chipset compatibility with the VGA card? some MB had the problem of utilising the 3D rendering feature of the VGA card. Try seeing the MB related tech notes. Also, from experience, AMD chips might develop random faults when overclock. Happened to me many times before, now I stick to intel...
 
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