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Having Trouble with my new build! Please help.

This is the first time I have ever built my own PC and I have to admit, I had higher expectations of the overall performance when it was finished. I dropped over $1100 in this machine with it being a gaming pc. The FPS on certain games is disappointing. For example: Guild wars 2 on Ultra everything I get about 28-32 FPS. Planetary Annihilation I get 20-25 FPS on high settings.

Here are my specs:
CPU: AMD FX-8350 4ghz
GPU: Diamond Radeon HD 7970
MoBo: ASUS M5A99 R2 Pro
RAM: 8gb 12800mhz

Further information: I have the graphics card OC'ed but not the processor because I do not have the aftermarket heat sink I need. My 3D Mark Score on firestrike is 6974.

I know that my equipment is not the highest tier but I feel like it should be performing better and feel it might be an error of mine. There are no viruses and all drivers are supposedly up to date. Any suggestions or if anyone thinks that I might have an bottleneck please let me know. Thanks
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  1. This build should easily lock those games at 60fps on ultra. What are your CPU and GPU temps under load?
  2. tiny voices said:
    This build should easily lock those games at 60fps on ultra. What are your CPU and GPU temps under load?


    My GPU never gets above 62C my CPU on the other hand is a mystery. What is maximum range and what trusted software would you recommend to monitor this?
  3. Download coretemp and tell me what it hits at the max under a CPU benchmark like prime95.
  4. tiny voices said:
    Download coretemp and tell me what it hits at the max under a CPU benchmark like prime95.


    I didn't use prime95 to benchmark but I did the high performance graphics test on 3D mark and core temp says my cpu only got up to 44C. I feel like that's not that hot right?
  5. You need to run a CPU benchmark. Or run a game you have issues with and see what the temps look like.
  6. tiny voices said:
    Download coretemp and tell me what it hits at the max under a CPU benchmark like prime95.


    So I did the torture test from prime95 and the cpu would just slowly climb up in temp. Once it hit 48C it would slowly climb 1C every thirty seconds or so, I stopped it once it hit 58C. This is obviously no good but what does it tell me?
  7. Best answer
    Your CPU is probably overheating and throttling.

    You have the CPU cooler AND thermal paste installed CORRECTLY?
  8. tiny voices said:
    Your CPU is probably overheating and throttling.

    You have the CPU cooler AND thermal paste installed CORRECTLY?


    Hmmm, I can say with good confidence that the heatsink is installed correctly BUT when I was putting the cooler on for this first time I had trouble getting the latch on correctly on the AM3+ socket and had to take the fan off of the processor several times possibly compromising the paste. Does this sound like it may be the problem? I do have extra paste. I can look up on how to clean it off and put fresh paste on the right way..

    I appreciate your help!
  9. Clean the paste off and reinstall the heatsink. AMD heatsinks usually require ALOT of pressure to latch.

    Do this, and check the temps during prime95 again.
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