Computer running terribly.


Oct 21, 2010
My computer is running horribly for how it should be running. Here are my system specs:

System Information
Time of this report: 9/24/2010, 18:39:46
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100618-1621)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: P5Q SE/R
BIOS: BIOS Date: 07/14/08 15:23:00 Ver: 08.00.14
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8500 @ 3.16GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3328MB RAM
Page File: 1330MB used, 5322MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode

DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Sound Tab 3: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce GTX 460
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0E22&SUBSYS_835D1043&REV_A1
Display Memory: 2400 MB
Dedicated Memory: 993 MB
Shared Memory: 1407 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor Name: Generic PnP Monitor
Monitor Model: unknown
Monitor Id: CVT4668
Native Mode: 1440 x 900(p) (60.169Hz)
Output Type: HD15
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
Driver File Version: 8.17.0012.5896 (English)
Driver Version:
DDI Version: 10.1
Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 7/10/2010 08:37:00, 9818728 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: n/a
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4D62-11CF-FB64-51A31FC2C535}
Vendor ID: 0x10DE
Device ID: 0x0E22
SubSys ID: 0x835D1043
Revision ID: 0x00A1
Driver Strong Name: oem42.inf:NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTx86.6.1:Section012:\ven_10de&dev_0e22
Rank Of Driver: 00E62001
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C

Here is my 3dmark score:

3DMark Score

6486 3DMarks

SM 2.0 Score

SM 3.0 Score

CPU Score

In most games I am getting around 20fps no matter how high/low i have the settings and such I think one part of my system is bringing the whole thing down. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

I don't think that's to blame quite honestly. He still shouldn't be seeing 20fps in any game with a setup like that.
OK, not PSU-related then. Right! I have one more suggestion. Go you your Power Options menu and check that your profile is set to Balanced and not Power Saver. When I did a clean install of 7 Professional for the first time, it defaulted to Power Saver for some strange reason. The result of this was that my CPU and GPU refused to run at their full clock speeds and as a result my PC crawled during gaming.


Oct 21, 2010
Thanks for the tip but it is already set to balanced. Also, I ran an intel diagnostics tool and it passed but I am not to sure about this bit: Temperature = 2 degrees C below maximum.

Apparentley a 7k cpu score it pretty low for an E8500 and I am getting 1k or in recent tests around 700.


Make sure the cooling is OK, including the thermal paste and contact between CPU and heatsink. 2 deg. Clesius below maximum is a bit too high and could cause throttling of the CPU of even random shutdown.

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