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I'm Having Really Bad Framerate Issues No Matter What Game I Play

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October 16, 2013 8:16:12 PM

My build is: This

I ended up having a problem with my graphics card and sent it back. I received a replacement in the mail today, and while everything is working, I have tried playing a few different games (Burnout Paradise, Metro: Last Light, and Fallout: New Vegas). In each of these games I have encountered framerate issues that have made the games unplayable. The framerate fluctuates wildly, and is almost always under 30 frames/second.

I updated the drivers on my graphics card but that didn't help, and I changed the graphical detail on Metro Last Light to "Low" but that didn't do anything either. The one thing that might be a red flag is that when I boot it says my CPU is running too hot, around 88 degrees C, but I'm not sure how accurate that is. I tried a third party application to measure the CPU temp and it said it was 70 degrees C, and this was when I was idling. I have no idea if this would cause the framerate issues but I figured I'd include it here. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
a c 175 U Graphics card
October 16, 2013 9:18:32 PM

I'd say somethings wrong...would like to try and help but need info like GPU, CPU (OC if any), mobo, PSU, DRAM....just little odds and ends ;) 
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October 16, 2013 9:52:24 PM

Tradesman1 said:
I'd say somethings wrong...would like to try and help but need info like GPU, CPU (OC if any), mobo, PSU, DRAM....just little odds and ends ;) 

Of course!

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB
CPU (Not OC): Intel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz Quad-Core
MOBO: Asus Z87-A ATX LGA1150
PSU: OCZ Fatal1ty 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V
DRAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
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a c 175 U Graphics card
October 16, 2013 10:07:24 PM

Do you have the latest BIOS, and mobo drivers? as well as the latest GPU drivers (not the ones on the disk that came with it, but from the website)...If all that is in order, then sounds like a problem with the card (may want to see if you can try it on another rig) or possibly the mobo or CPU
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a c 216 U Graphics card
October 16, 2013 10:21:07 PM

Did you build this PC yourself?

The most likely suspects may be:
1) Drivers (update)
2) The CPU TMI and HSF didn't get installed well, leading to overheating. (monitor temps with MSI afterburner and a CPU monitor of some sort)
3) The GPU isn't fully seated. (Download GPU-Z and look under bus interface to make sure it is working properly. Press the ? to make it perform at max).
4) faulty PSU or hardware.
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October 17, 2013 6:51:51 AM

Tradesman1 said:
Do you have the latest BIOS, and mobo drivers? as well as the latest GPU drivers (not the ones on the disk that came with it, but from the website)...If all that is in order, then sounds like a problem with the card (may want to see if you can try it on another rig) or possibly the mobo or CPU

I am not sure whether or not I have the latest BIOS and MOBO drivers. I downloaded the latest GPU drivers yesterday. I'll look into the latest drivers for the other stuff when I get back from work.

bystander said:
Did you build this PC yourself?

The most likely suspects may be:
1) Drivers (update)
2) The CPU TMI and HSF didn't get installed well, leading to overheating. (monitor temps with MSI afterburner and a CPU monitor of some sort)
3) The GPU isn't fully seated. (Download GPU-Z and look under bus interface to make sure it is working properly. Press the ? to make it perform at max).
4) faulty PSU or hardware.

I did build this myself. I'm not sure how well the CPU/HSF is installed, so I'll check with MSI afterburner/GPU-Z and report back to this thread. Thanks guys.
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October 17, 2013 1:24:37 PM

bystander said:
Did you build this PC yourself?

The most likely suspects may be:
1) Drivers (update)
2) The CPU TMI and HSF didn't get installed well, leading to overheating. (monitor temps with MSI afterburner and a CPU monitor of some sort)
3) The GPU isn't fully seated. (Download GPU-Z and look under bus interface to make sure it is working properly. Press the ? to make it perform at max).
4) faulty PSU or hardware.

I'm monitoring the CPU temp using RealTemp and it's saying that it's
at 90 c when idling. That's definitely not normal. I'll double check my HSF and make sure its working.

EDIT: I double checked and my HSF was a little loose. Made sure it was in properly and booted into a game and the framerate is back to normal. My CPU temp still idles at about 60 c though, should I look into possibly getting a better HSF/cooler for it?
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a c 216 U Graphics card
October 17, 2013 3:45:21 PM

If it is idling at 60C, you might not have the TMI installed well. Even a bad HSF should do better than 60C at idle. You may want to take what you have off, clean the paste off with rubbing alcohol and apply new TMI. Read this for help: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/thermal-paste-heat-...
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