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Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Stuttering/FPS issues

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May 26, 2014 4:49:50 PM

Hello all,

I recently bought an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 and the card seemed dead. I would get low resolutions and 16bit graphics when I booted up. I returned the card and got a new one and now the card seems to work but is stuttering when I actually go to play a game and the FPS are really low.

My system is:

GPU: MSI Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
CPU: Intel i7 4770K @ 3.5GHz
Motherboard: MSI Z87-G41 PC Mate
RAM: Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3
PSU: Thermaltake 500W
OS: Windows 7 Professional 64bit

I have tried the latest drivers, older drivers, reinstalling the OS, all connections to the card. Different settings, etc. I even lowered the settings within the game and the framerate is still low. I've updated the motherboard drivers as well.

Is there anything else I can try? Any idea what the problem might be?
May 26, 2014 5:09:29 PM

I really doubt this is the problem but the PSU you have is not a good brand. It may be OK but I would get a seasonic, EVGA or XFX very soon.

Can you please list the games you have tried, the FPS you are getting, GPU temp,GPU load, CPU load using task manager and run a scan using Malware Bytes. https://www.malwarebytes.org/

Also have you tried over clocking your GPU/CPU?
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May 26, 2014 5:37:51 PM

I have not tried overclocking either the GPU or CPU. So far I've only played one game and its Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The FPS on max settings are like 11-20. And even on lower settings, they can go up but as soon as I do something, then it stutters real bad.

For temps and loads I'd have to get back to you.
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May 26, 2014 5:42:23 PM

Nereid said:
I have not tried overclocking either the GPU or CPU. So far I've only played one game and its Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The FPS on max settings are like 11-20. And even on lower settings, they can go up but as soon as I do something, then it stutters real bad.

For temps and loads I'd have to get back to you.


Take your time. Also run a scan for viruses with what I linked.
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May 26, 2014 6:34:04 PM

Got nothing on the virus scan.

CPU usage between 20-40%. GPU temp/load not listed in task manager.
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May 26, 2014 7:40:52 PM

Nereid said:
Got nothing on the virus scan.

CPU usage between 20-40%. GPU temp/load not listed in task manager.


Is this the usage when Idle (Not playing any games) if so that seems odd. But if it is when gaming nothing out of the ordinary. Your CPU is in no way bottlenecking a 760.

I have a feeling that the problem isn't the card. My money is on either the PSU not putting out the power as advertised, a faulty motherboard or the possibility of faulty RAM.

Do you have any other RAM that works well?

I hope I'm not taking to long to reply. Please be patient :) 

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May 26, 2014 8:27:05 PM

Thats while playing the game. So yeah not out of the ordinary.

I unplugged some drives and peripherals and tried the game with the only the most basic things powered on, seemed to improve FPS a bit. I did notice that the PSU is 600W and not 500W. Thats my mistake. But because of that I feel like its less likely the problem is the PSU. I kind of want to buy a more powerful/respected PSU but I'm worried that may not be the problem and I'd be spending extra money.

Also, I don't mind your time, I'm thankful for any and all replies and help.
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May 27, 2014 9:43:49 AM

Nereid said:
Thats while playing the game. So yeah not out of the ordinary.

I unplugged some drives and peripherals and tried the game with the only the most basic things powered on, seemed to improve FPS a bit. I did notice that the PSU is 600W and not 500W. Thats my mistake. But because of that I feel like its less likely the problem is the PSU. I kind of want to buy a more powerful/respected PSU but I'm worried that may not be the problem and I'd be spending extra money.

Also, I don't mind your time, I'm thankful for any and all replies and help.


I agree. It mostly likely is not the PSU. You could check for RAM issues using

Windows Memory Diagnostic It is included with windows.

If that doesn't appear to be the problem then were looking at the motherboard.
Hopefully you are prepared to buy a new motherboard if need be.
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May 27, 2014 4:31:45 PM

Nereid said:
Memory test didn't show any issues. Great suggestion though.

I am buying this today http://www.microcenter.com/product/406089/CX_Series_CX7... to test it.

If that doesn't work then yeah, I'll have to buy a new motherboard. Any recommendations based on my system?


It depends on how much you are willing to spend.
The new Z97 boards are out so I would get one of those. They allow more overclocking. Note: Reading some reviews on the motherboard you picked. People are complaining about faults and problems with video display. You have an expensive CPU so I would get something along these lines.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z97extr... is what I am getting. No reviews yet? Well it is brand new.

If you want something a little more trusted but older and the same price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can try to find something cheaper but that price is actually really good.

Also the gigabyte g1.Sniper z97 is good,
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May 27, 2014 6:53:02 PM

You were right. The power supply was not the issue. I bought the one I listed and while I did see an improvement, the main issues persist.

I've spent $350 so far on graphics card and power supply. I'm trying to decide whether I should spend another $150 on this motherboard.

Thank you for all your help and suggestions. I'm gonna go think about what I should do.
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May 29, 2014 9:53:57 AM

Nereid said:
You were right. The power supply was not the issue. I bought the one I listed and while I did see an improvement, the main issues persist.

I've spent $350 so far on graphics card and power supply. I'm trying to decide whether I should spend another $150 on this motherboard.

Thank you for all your help and suggestions. I'm gonna go think about what I should do.


No problem. Keep in mind I have been gaming on an old alienware m11x for years and get like 16 fps on Gmod.
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May 29, 2014 10:09:25 AM

As an advice, never be cheap on the mobo you get, it's what connects all the hardware in a PC, and what more often will cause bottlenecks. I'd recommend to go for a 150+ mobo but staying below 200, like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that had very good awards, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also a solid performer, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that one is cool as well.

If you think you can spend more, you could go for a MSI GD-65 Gaming or even an ASUS Maximus VI Hero. ;) 
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May 30, 2014 7:45:23 AM

6R1M01R3 said:
As an advice, never be cheap on the mobo you get, it's what connects all the hardware in a PC, and what more often will cause bottlenecks. I'd recommend to go for a 150+ mobo but staying below 200, like http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that had very good awards, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also a solid performer, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... that one is cool as well.

If you think you can spend more, you could go for a MSI GD-65 Gaming or even an ASUS Maximus VI Hero. ;) 


I believe every board I listed was at least $150
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