I think given the great knowledge base here on Hardware, Empiresmod Forums should start a Hardware Forum. Brag and educate subsections might be cool. My ongoing upgrade. I am converting my Entertainment system into a mid level gaving system, 1080p max. I am running a Dual Core AMD A6-5400K Processor with a single 8 GB memory stick and recently upgraded the built in APU (Video processor) to a Gigabyte Radeon R9 380 G1 Haming GPU. Everything works well within the 430 Watt PSU. I tested on Empires - works great, and Grand Theft Auto - also works great. The reason for this thread is that I am having lock ups which I won't blame on the game. If I could CTRL ALT DEL and kill the game, I would blame the game, but this lockup requires a reboot. This sucks since this tends to happen when I COM, and has cost us at least one match recently. I'll be avoiding the COM vehicle until I resolve this. Plans which I hope you'll comment on: I was thinking of upgrading from Dual Core A6-5400K 65 Watt CPU to a AMD A10-5800K Trinity Quad-Core 3.8 GHz Socket FM2 100W. Also adding a second 8 GB stick may improve memory performance as well as increase memory to 16GB. I got to believe the lock ups are heat related. On my old quad core/hyperthreaded laptop I took everything apart, cleaned everything re-applied thermal paste, and I went from 15 FPS to 35 FPS after an hour of playing. In one situation where I neglected to plug in the CPU fan, I went down to about 1 FPS within 10 minutes. For completeness: The motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-FA2A88XM-D3H which is a FM2+ Socket. Ideas?