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Low Frame Rate on High-End PC?

Hello,

So I just recently put together my first High-End Gaming Desktop PC yet I am noticing insufficient frames on games while running on various settings.
My Specs;
Vishera 8350 4.0ghz AMD proccessor
AMD R9 290 4gb GPU
ASUS Crosshair v-Formula Z motherboard
2x4 Ripjaws 1600 DDR3 Ram
(1920x1080p) 60hz LED Monitor

The problem is that I have updated everything to the latest drivers (at least from what I am aware of) and yet I am to see a large improvement in frames.

Some examples of frame rate (1920x1080p)
ArmA III: 30-34 FPS
DayZ: 25-30 FPS
Payday 2: 130 FPS
Red Orchestra 2: 40 FPS
Minecraft: 50 FPS

GPU Temp idle: 40-50C
While gaming: 75-80C

In addition to these specs, for most games, I.e ArmA III, it doesn't matter what the quality of the graphics is, so regardless of the quality, I will always get the same frame rate, perhaps a tiny bit more or less.

Also, I doubt it's mostly from the lack of optimization from ArmA/DayZ considering I know atleast 5 people who bearly have half my setup and are still surpassing my frame rate.
However, my GPU is in the second PCI-E slot. I am aware that this is not the best idea for max FPS but I don't have too much space in my case. Regardless, it doesn't change FPS too much at all...as far as I know.

Please assist me as this is very frustrating knowing that I just spent well over a grand for a machine that should be able to run practically every game on max settings with excess FPS.
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    ArcherC said:
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    However, my GPU is in the second PCI-E slot. I am aware that this is not the best idea for max FPS but I don't have too much space in my case. Regardless, it doesn't change FPS too much at all...as far as I know.


    What's the bandwidth of that 2nd PCI-E slot that is v2.0 or v3.0 and x8 or x16. Since 290 is a pretty powerful card it really need at least PCI-E V2.0 x16 mode of full performance from 290. Also what is your CPU usage while gaming ? If its is more than 90% your CPU is bottle necking your GPU. If that is the case overclocking the CPU helps a bit......
  2. spp85 said:
    ArcherC said:
    ,
    However, my GPU is in the second PCI-E slot. I am aware that this is not the best idea for max FPS but I don't have too much space in my case. Regardless, it doesn't change FPS too much at all...as far as I know.


    What's the bandwidth of that 2nd PCI-E slot that is v2.0 or v3.0 and x8 or x16. Since 290 is a pretty powerful card it really need at least PCI-E V2.0 x16 mode of full performance from 290. Also what is your CPU usage while gaming ? If its is more than 90% your CPU is bottle necking your GPU. If that is the case overclocking the CPU helps a bit......



    An amd 8350 cannot bottleneck that much any card. Whats your psu? HAVE you tried putting in the 1st slot? Have you rechecked seatings,connections etc.?
  3. spp85 said:
    ArcherC said:
    ,
    However, my GPU is in the second PCI-E slot. I am aware that this is not the best idea for max FPS but I don't have too much space in my case. Regardless, it doesn't change FPS too much at all...as far as I know.


    What's the bandwidth of that 2nd PCI-E slot that is v2.0 or v3.0 and x8 or x16. Since 290 is a pretty powerful card it really need at least PCI-E V2.0 x16 mode of full performance from 290. Also what is your CPU usage while gaming ? If its is more than 90% your CPU is bottle necking your GPU. If that is the case overclocking the CPU helps a bit......


    First off, the first slot is a 16x with the second being an 8x, also to my knowledge, I don't believe that using an 8x slot would change too much of the frames (perhaps a small increase) although I am not 100% sure. But like "mike789" said, I doubt it's the CPU bottlenecking it... it onlyruns at about 50% max on ArmA III.
    Oh and keep in mind this is my first build :) so please, I would love some insight.
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