FPS Low - Am I Missing Something?

Karbonyte

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I have a PC with the following specs.

AMD Phenom X4 Quad Core 9600
ASUS M4N78Pro Mobo - With Latest BIOS
7 Gigs of RAM
ThermalTake 850 Watt Power Supply
Windows 7 Professional SP 1
NVIDIA 660 Ti



I am trying to run PC games but find I need to put them on lowest settings just to get 25 -35 fps in low activity settings. In high action or any detailed environment, the FPS drops so low (sub 19 FPS) that I get motion sick.

The game I am trying to play (mostly) is World of Warcraft (MoP). I have tried other games with my Steam Account and even titles from Humble Bundle get choppy and suffer the same issue.

The "Recommended" system requirements are:
Recommended System Specifications

Windows 7/8 64-bit with latest service pack
AMD Athlon 64 X2 2.6GHz
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
4 GB RAM


Does my system not meet this criteria?

I have reinstalled Windows, updated the service pack and OS, updated the NVIDIA Drivers, the Mobo Drivers, disabled the onboard Graphics, disabled my antivirus and shutdown any background services that I could see running.

I don't know what it might be. I had a gaming laptop that recently went DOA that at "Good" settings, I could move about in Stormwind and get 70 FPS.

Am I missing something?

Thanks in advance!

 
Solution
Phychonauts and Limbo should be fine. Your problem is your mobo+cpu combination. You have a giant videocard and a tiny CPU. Your GPU cannot perform as it should because your CPU can't process all of its information (aka bottleneck).

Changing your CPU+Motherboard would fix your performance issues.

Karbonyte

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Nothing out of the ordinary. I have disabled all my addons and still only marginal improvement. The biggest culprits were skada/recount but even those only gained me 2-3 FPS. The main concern is other games that don't have addons have this issue.

Really bugging me as I see people playing with similar rigs on YouTube at max settings for various games and I have never been close to running that.

 

Alex The PC Gamer

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Phychonauts and Limbo should be fine. Your problem is your mobo+cpu combination. You have a giant videocard and a tiny CPU. Your GPU cannot perform as it should because your CPU can't process all of its information (aka bottleneck).

Changing your CPU+Motherboard would fix your performance issues.
 
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Alex The PC Gamer

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Hey, just to say you don't have to buy a Crazy I7 CPU with 8 cores to run these games... I'd say an average (medium-high) quad core on rebate (maybe mobo + cpu deal) would do you some good. Check out newegg, amazon or similar sites for deals and you might end up with something that'll match your awesome videocard.

Good luck.