Question Small CPU and GPU usage in Games leading to low FPS

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I currently have a Intel Core i3-3220 with a GT 1030 2GB GDDR5 and 8GB 1866mHz memory.

I bought the GPU and RAM a little later to imrpove my games performance so it would reach a constant 60fps on games like Dota 2, CS:GO, and Apex Legends. However, I did not seem to get that performance in Dota 2 (In 1080p high) and I was so disappointed that it would average around 30-45fps, when I know the graphics cars can run it at 60fps on ultra (with a better CPU).

I know that the CPU is old, but when I ran the MSI Afterburner monitor, it only showed the GPU using around 30-50% usage and the CPU around 40-60% when the only thing I'm doing is gaming (no background programs, just Steam and Dota 2 itself). It cannot even run Apex Legends smoothly at 1080p lowest.

Is the CPU and GPU load usually like this or are they restricted for some reason? If so, what should I do to make them fully function?
 

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List your full system's specs, like so:
CPU:
Motherboard:
Ram:
SSD/HDD:
GPU:
PSU:
Chassis:
OS:

How old is your PSU? Are you on the latest BIOS update for your motherboard? Speaking of updates, what GPU were you using previously?
 

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List your full system's specs, like so:
CPU:
Motherboard:
Ram:
SSD/HDD:
GPU:
PSU:
Chassis:
OS:

How old is your PSU? Are you on the latest BIOS update for your motherboard? Speaking of updates, what GPU were you using previously?
The PC that I'm currently using right now is a SFF HP Compaq Elite 8300. It's a prebuilt one, so:

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220
Motherboard: HP OEM Mobo
Ram: HyperX 8GB 1866mhz
SSD/HDD: HGST 500GB
GPU: Gigabyte Aorus GT 1030 2GB GDDRG5
PSU: HP OEM at 240W
Chassis: HP
OS: Windows 10

The PC has been around for 6 years, so I guess that's how old the PSU has been around too. I'm not really fond of tinkering with the BIOS since I'm not an expert yet, but I'm willing to learn if it's going to help. Lastly, my last GPU was an AMD R7 240 1GB GDDR4.
 
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make and model of the psu?
cpu/gpu temp during the game?
ram usage during the game?
Sorry for the later reply man. I was reading your reply and I remembered that I didn't include the temperatures and RAM usage ingame so I went back and included those in the on-screen display statistics.

The PSU is OEM from HP because the PC I'm using is a HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF. CPU and GPU temps were fairly average at around 40°C - 50°C max. RAM usage is at around 4350MB
 

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So these are the settings on Dota 2 1080p High (my target resolution and quality)



And this is what happens when there is a fight. Note that this is judt a small fight, not a whole 5v5 going on so it shouldn't be this bad.



And this now 1080p low which is really an eyesore



This whole thing looks so bad. To make it worse, there's no fight going on here and it's still low in performance.


From my upgrade from the R7 240 1GB to the GT 1030 2GB GDDR5, the only thing I've been able to do is go from 720p to 1080p. Enabling those high quality settings results in <30fps.
 

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