I got lots of problems with many games (screen freezes,crashing,lowfps and more) altough i see people with the same gpu as my and lower specs or same run the game just fine for example bf3
GPU:ATI Radeon HD5670 1gb GDDR5
CPU:Intel E8400 core 2 duo 3ghz
Sometimes when i play Bf3 it works just fine even on High though usually i play on low and 1240x800 res but most of the time the game doesnt even work on 1024x720 and low settings doesnt stop screen freezes crashing my whole computer i have no idea why this is happening help anyone?
frostbite engine doesnt like dual core cpu's it forces the gpu to 50% usage or less resulting in low fps and fps droop. where the fps drops to 5-10 every few seconds then bounces back to 40-45 only to fall again...
this is more likley to happen on the multiplayer maps although single player may also show the same systems they wont be as noticeable as you dont have 64 other players running about at random.
if your really set on playing bf3 then your gonna have no option but to move to a quad core. the q8300 or 84oo will be enough to get you started. also that gfx card is bearly minimum spec so even when you do get the cpu sorted your still gonna be hovering at an average of 30 fps with the odd trip down to 25...
skyrim works because its not so cpu bound. although in big citys you will get fps droop especially at higher settings.
The duel core is a dieing breed just like the P4. At one time it was the best you could have then came core duo and wow talk about a CPU that was fast, but now the quad core and six core now the eight core.
Most all of the new games of today are needing at least a quad core with min duel core to play and that is iffy iffy on the duel core CPU. Don't get me wrong a duel core is still a good CPU.
But it is on its way out for the gaming. Still good to surf, video's, photoshop, etc. It's just the new games. Sooner we will have to upgrap GPU's because of the fucture games that are going to need more than one GB of Vram. Good luct to you OP.
How much exacly?, i just played 3 games in bf3 worked just fine about avg 43 fps sometimes dropped to 26 but usually above 35 i was playing on 1440x900 most high/medium settings AA didnt make a performance difference even if it was on x16 or off but i just putted it of... i think with time my performance gets worse, after afew games a screen freeze that started happening to me at the last 2 weeks the screen just freezes and i have to switch off my pc from the button..
The performance does get worse but it just randomly freezes , i can be playing just fine with nice performance but usually not at best and yeah kind of fps drops and after like 1-2 sometimes 3 games thats about 15mins to 25 mins or 10 screen freezes "bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb" the sound (LOL) and needs to switch off and on manually ,btw the 12.6 catalyst did give me a performance boost
Theres your problem max temp for that CPU is 72C so when it overheats the CPU is throttling and causing crashes/poor performance . To fix it get a better CPU cooler, a good checp one for dual core CPUs is the cooler master hyper TX3 or TX3 Evo.
Bear in mind, that's quite tall and may not fit into all cases, but it's a superior solution to using the stock one by far, as it will keep your temps much cooler, and (even in a hot country) allow for overclocking, which will keep your framerates up into the future.
To all of the above. Yes do the thermal paste before you buy a new cooler. The old paste could have come loose or if your case was knocked over or bumped. Or the paste was old or cheap.
In any case do the paste first. There will be enough paste left if you need to add the new cooler and sometimes paste comes with the new cooler. Here is a link to what is called Game boost.
You have to the end of this month to get it free. I use it all the time and it really helps with the games. You should get MSI Afterburner to watch your fps and GPU temps while you play games at the same time.
There are a few more programs to monitor all of your temps. I can link you to all of them if you would like but if you are happy with what you have, it is just a sugestion for more tools. Good luck with that.