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Low FPS in most games. Please help.

Hi everyone. This is my first time posting in any kind of forum so please let me know if I should be posting elsewhere or if I am posting enough information for everyone to help me.

I've had this build for a little over a year now and I have always had horrible FPS on most games. Some games that I have played are BFBC2, WoW, Dragon Age, COD, Borderland and much more.

Here is my build:

Acer P235Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-X48-DQ6 LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80580Q8300

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS

AllComponents 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AC2/800X64/4096-KIT
(Plus 2GB Samsung Memory... So a total of 6GB RAM)

So what people usually tell me is that I should get a new CPU or graphics card and I would if they were 100% that it was the problem. However, my friend has almost the exact same build as mine (Q9300 instead of my Q8300 and he uses a 19-inch monitor instead of my 23-inch) and his computer runs everything perfectly. No graphic lag, high fps, etc.

Please help me so that I can get the fps that I thought I would get when I purchased my computer.

I am not trying to run everything on ultra settings or expect like 70 fps on games. I'm just trying to get a playable fps so that I can actually play the games that I purchase.

Also, I have very basic knowledge on computer parts so if you could explain in easy to understand terms I would much appreciate it.

Thank you.
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  1. kk
    go to Nvidia's site and download the latest drivers.
    then defrag ur HDD ( hard drive) just google how to do it.
    EDIT: and also, if ur background messes up, change it to stretch/ fill.
  2. Remember that the Q9300 has two extra Mb of L2 cache, which can play a key part in gaming. In addition, what resolution settings are you trying to run? And lastly, make sure all your drivers are up to date, that you have the right direct x version. Honestly, I highly doubt it's the graphics card cause I currently run an ATI Radeon HD 3650 w/ 1GB of DDR2 and can play SC2 on medium settings, and TF2 and Half-Life on max settings. Mind you, games like BFBC2 and Borderlands are very demanding games.
  3. Thank you very much. I am going to try these out and post the results. Again, thanks for the quick replies.
  4. Oh and the resolution that I play at (and have as my normal resolution) is 1920 x 1080. The card and the monitor both say that it recommends that resolution. I just checked my drivers and they are all up to date. I'm defragging right now so I'll update soon!
  5. I just tried defragging and running BFBC2 on lowest settings (everything off) and still low fps... could that extra 2MB L2 cache be that big of a difference?
  6. your screen is to big for your gfx card. the 98gt will only run 1080i not 1080p.

    meaning if it can only give 30 fps running at say 16/10 it will give you 15 fps at 1080 because its having to interlace.
    meaning for every frame its displaying it has to make 2 frames with either even pixel lines or odd pixel lines and merging the 2 to make 1 image on screen by interlacing them.

    best thing to get your fps back is to drop down to a rez that your gfx card can produce progressive images (1 whole image) which will be around 1680/1050 or 1600/900. your monitor should be able to handle the switch and upscale it to fit the whole screen.

    dont worry if it looks like you have a black border round the image. this is normal for some screens, thats your monitor not wanting to upscale which is actually a good thing, because then its running at a rez that isnt straining it.
  7. ^+1

    Also, OC'ing the CPU to 3Ghz or higher can help too.
  8. I second what Hex!t said.
    I've found that even on my shitty laptop I was able to get better FPS than my friend with his awesome desktop if I turned down the resolution and disabled the GPU scaling.
  9. Third Hex!t 's reply. Try lowering your resolution and give us some feedback and if the FPS is still low.
  10. Best answer
    You have a faster hard drive and CPU than my old PC which has the same GPU that you do. My old PC featured a 9800gtx 512Mb, 400 watt dell generic PSU, AMD Athlon 5500+ 2.8 GHz Duo-Core, 4Gb DDR2 800MHz RAM, and a 240Gb 4Mb cache 5400 RPM HDD. Yet I was able to run Crysis on a mix of mid-high settings and achieve +30 FPS in 1080p on a 22 LED tv screen. Check your processes and see what all is running. There maybe something taking up too much resources. Also, a friend of mine was having the same problems before and it turned out that his PC wasn't running the games in maximized windows. When ever a game runs in windowed mode, the FPS drops nearly 40%. Lastly, make sure you aren't running any games with hardware acceleration on, that will also significantly drop FPS in some instances.
  11. Also, I ran WoW in ultra settings on everything except shadows in 1080p, and got 30+ FPS everywhere except for in SW.
  12. Thank you all for your answers. I will try your suggestions out once I get home. I've recently posted on the CPU forums about my CPU temperature hitting the 90's and people have recommended me a heatsink which is supposed to be delivered to my house today. So hopefully the heatsink works and everything gets solved otherwise I will try out all your helpful tips and update this post!

    Thanks again!
  13. I just installed the CM Hyper 212+ and my computer is running GREAT! I can't believe that it was the heatsink that was the problem...

    Anyways, thank you so much for everyone who replied and for those who visit this forum because you're having the same problem as me. Double check your temperatures using the programs recommended above!

    Thanks again everyone!
  14. Best answer selected by patricksmin.
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