Low FPS?

kappa3956

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Aug 22, 2012
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Hello. I have been having a problem with my PC lately, which is, low FPS. I haven't had this problem before and it just sort of came out of the blue. I'll play games such as World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Fallout: New Vegas, Team Fortress 2, and the list goes on. When I do play these games I get low framerate and like I said before I haven't had this problem before. I checked out my temps and voltages and everything seems to be stable (If you guys want me to I'll post a screenshot of my results). This problem greatly affects gameplay. If anybody could help me with my problem it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Oh and here are my system specs:
Windows Vista 32-Bit
GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5200+ 2.60 GHz
2 GB of RAM
 

kappa3956

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Aug 22, 2012
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Here is a reference of to how bad it is. When I play World of Warcraft I have it on the lowest settings possible and when I'm sitting in a populated city I.E. Stormwind i am hitting 20-30 FPS. I really haven't checked while I was in combat but I'm guessing you can guess how low the numbers are. Just thought I'd like to update you guys on this.
 
I'm surprised you haven't had these problems before, with the outdated CPU that is probably holding back your 560Ti significantly, and the lack of RAM. 2GB on Windows Vista is not enough for gaming.

Have you updated the drivers for your video card recently? If so, try rolling back to an earlier version, something may not be working properly with the newer drivers. Also could be that the new drivers are not allowing the GPU to go beyond the idle clockspeeds. That will cause performance problems.

I would also suggest keeping task manager open while playing, and check the performance tab for your CPU and RAM usage. You can also use MSI Afterburner to monitor your GPU usage. If you RAM and/or CPU is going at 100%, but your GPU is only working at a level considerably below 100%, like 50%, then you probably have a CPU or memory bottleneck that is preventing your video card from running at its full potential. In that case, time to upgrade, probably to a new CPU and motherboard, but at the very least get up to 4GB of RAM. At only 2GB your games are probably dipping heavily into the pagefile, and that can cause poor performance.
 

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