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April 1, 2013 2:52:33 PM

I have been having some fps issues while playing some games and I've decided to start looking into doing some upgrading. The games that I am currently having some issues with are WoW and APB reloaded. FPS in wow will drop <20 in raids and APB is only rarely affected. Where should I start and what would you recommend as a replacement? Any help is much appreciated!

My current pc specs:
Processor (AMD FX-8150 CPU (8x 3.60GHz/8MB L2 Cache) overclocked to 4.0GHz))
Motherboard (Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 -- AMD 990FX w/ 4x PCI-E 2.0 x16))
Memory (8 GB [2 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand))
Video Card (GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB 192-bit GDDR5)
Primary Hard Drive (2 TB HARD DRIVE -- 64M Cache, 7200 RPM, 6.0Gb/s - Single Drive))(Windows Installed)
Gaming SSD (OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX90G 3.5" 90GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive)(All games installed on this HDD)

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April 1, 2013 3:07:28 PM

I am not very keen on AMD but it appears you have a very good setup. The best I could suggest is to SLI the GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3GB
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April 1, 2013 3:30:42 PM

Dont see how you're getting less than 20fps in raids with that setup. I would start by looking at your video settings and adjust them accordingly. Disable HBAO and maybe turn ├╝bersampling down a few notches.
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April 1, 2013 9:31:45 PM

I'm honestly at a loss for ideas. I've messed around with nVidia settings and am still having the same problems. I'm monitoring my usage of the video card, ram, and processor and none of them are are really higher than 50%. So is it possible that my motherboard could be the bottleneck?
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April 2, 2013 1:06:44 AM

What about your monitor? I'd seen many mention how some monitors can reduce your fps. worth looking into if you tried every thing else.
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April 4, 2013 1:30:39 AM

I don't come anywhere close to being bottle-necked by my monitor as I'm only getting ~18fps in raids. Part of me is skeptical about the AMD Bulldozer but everything I read suggests that even if it might not have been a complete success.. it should still have more than enough power to run these games without too much trouble, but I honestly don't know how to test that.
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April 4, 2013 1:36:18 AM

What settings are you running in game? Have you tried turning off aa and such to see if it improves? There are some programs out there that do stress test your gpu and cpu to allow stress testing and such. Some of which are in this topic. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/242173-49-free-softwa... I would use some of them and test them out.
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April 4, 2013 2:33:05 PM

I run most of the settings on ultra/high and at 1920x1080. My fps is fine while idling (60+) and only drops in combat. I've changed all my video settings to low, reduced my resolution, and disabled my addons but nothing seems to increase performance.

Here are the benchmarking results for my pc:

PassMark Rating
This Computer 1850.2

CPU Mark
This Computer 8067.9

2D Graphics Mark
This Computer 312.4

3D Graphics Mark
This Computer 3252.3

Memory Mark
This Computer 1114.0

Disk Mark
This Computer 989.5
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April 4, 2013 6:21:39 PM

Do you have a lot of processes running in the back ground? There is a program for gamers i can not remember the name but it closes out unnecessary programs while you play. A google search may bring it up. That can hurt fps as well.
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April 4, 2013 9:14:26 PM

Yeah Razer has a version of Game Booster that does that for you when you launch certain games. I downloaded it and am using it now and the results are still the same. I've went as far as disabling dual monitor as well as running the game in fullscreen mode rather than window. Everything I seem to do makes literally no difference. I have even tried completely reformatting.
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April 5, 2013 10:00:16 AM

Only thing i could see to upgrade would be to a 6300 or 8350 depending on your budget. These 2 are nipping at the heels of the intel i5's in performance. And it would be the only upgrade i could see that would give you a huge boost. The rest of your setup is perfect almost i would say the only holding would be the 8120 you have now. and if i were to suggest an upgrade that be the only one.
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April 7, 2013 10:24:58 AM

I have taken your advice zolton33 and have gone ahead and upgraded my processor. However, I went ahead and just swapped my motherboard out as well and went with an Intel chip for gaming. Thanks for all the help :) 
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April 7, 2013 2:31:46 PM

No problem. Glad i could be of some help. ;) 
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