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Low FPS on Star Wars The Old Republic, How to fix?

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January 9, 2012 7:40:25 PM

Ok, thought I could handle ToR with my NVidia 9800GTX+ with my 24inch Samsung LED monitor at 1920x1200 resolution. However, as I tried grouping with friends for my first boss I was at 3-5 frames per second, nearly impossible to tank with. Thus, with the support of my wife to upgrade my system I come to my fellow gamers.
What should I do to optimize my system? I've heard arguments both for the NVidia GTX 560 TI as well as the ATI Radeon 6950 are good options. I thought about adding in more RAM but I'm at the limit for my motherboard with 4gig DDR 1066 (2 x OCZ Platinum 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit), motherboard is about 5 years old. Is this a quick fix or is it just time to rebuild?

My dxdiag results:
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX/9800 GTX+
Display Memory: 512.0 MB
Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs)
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 2642MB used, 2313MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.111025-1629)

My wife's computer, which has no issues, is only one step up from mine, but it is attached to a 19inch LCD. Here's her dxdiag results
Card name: ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
Display Memory: 1024.0 MB
Current Mode: 1280 x 1024 (32 bit) (75Hz)
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) II X3 720 Processor, MMX, 3DNow (3 CPUs), ~2.8GHz
Memory: 3326MB RAM
Page File: 2353MB used, 2856MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.111025-1629)

Your assistance is greatly appreciated, I'd really like to not have to build a computer this month to play with friends...but I'll do what it takes...

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January 10, 2012 9:04:42 PM

You're going to be a bit limited by your processor and memory but I think that a graphics card upgrade alone will get you a big improvement on games. A 560 is a good choice, but you may even be able to find an older 460 now that that line is getting discontinued. I saw some 460s at Frys a couple of weeks ago at big discounts. You could go bigger than that on the graphics card but I think that you'll be processor/memory limited. Are you overclocking your processor and memory at all? What chipset is your mother board running?
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January 11, 2012 1:36:04 AM

its not the cpu its the gfx... the 98gt maxes out at 1080i yes your screen will register it at 1080p but it is receiving a 30hz interlaced signal from the card meaning your never gonna get above 40fps at that rez. drop the rez to a maximum of 1680/1050 and you should notice a pickup in fps. also drop your gfx settings to minimum and start increasing them 1 at a time till you have acceptable visuals and playable fps..
you have a q6600 which is now classed as mid entry level gaming quad. but your gfx is minimum required. if you can upgrade your gfx to a maximum of a gtx 460, anything more and you will likley bottleneck the cpu on some games.
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January 11, 2012 3:25:50 PM

Sadly, my motherboard or video card just died a few hours ago, I no longer get anything from the POST, just a series of long beeps. So now I am building a new PC and making this a moot point. Thanks for your comments!
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January 11, 2012 3:30:28 PM

what was the beep code? how many beeps and how long. long beeps last a second or more. short about .5 of a second.
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