So I just built a new computer and here are specs..
E4300, MSI P6N (Nvidia), ATI X1900GT, and 450 FSP PSU.
The problem has happened in Oblivion, Call Of Duty 2, and Star Wars Battlefront 2. The frame rates are all high then all of a sudden they just drop to around 1 and it's unplayable for 1-5 seconds, it's REALLY annoying. I updated my motherboard drivers and the ATI catalyst drivers too, what else can be wrong??
With the new drivers, here is what I've noticed.. Oblivion doesn't slow down as often, but when it does, its longer. In COD2, it stutters more frequently, but only for 1-2 seconds. No difference in SWBF2.
I think I should just reinstall all my ATI drivers. Where are the detfinite places I can get the newest Graphics drivers and ATI Catalst drivers. (They are two seperate drivers right?)
@Randomizer I do not have Vista, I'm running Windows XP PRO
@Rizzywho I really don't think that's the problem, I'm running at 1024 on Oblivion with all on high, AA2x and no bloom or HD and I'm getting great frame rates. Everything on max on COD2 gives me 60~ frame rates.
Do you have access to another PSU, just to try at this stage? Yours should be OK, but if you have one thats not so stable as it should be under load, then that will cause problems. Personally I would go for something with a little more than what yours has.
Also if you're not playing online, just try disabling your AV and firewall. You shouldn't need to with a system of those specs, but if it makes a difference, then try reinstalling them.
No, I do not have another PSU to try on. I disconnected my cd drive and it's still doing this so maybe its not the power? Tried disabling AV and firewall too (I use AVG and Sygate), still doesn't solve anything.
Can heat be the problem here? I touched my video card after a two hour session of trying to play and going online and it was really hot. What do you guys use to monitor your heat in your CPU and stuff? I Dled a program called Everest but it cannot detect any sensors.
The brand is Sapphire, it had the most reviews and so I guess it was popular so I chose it. No I do not have a sound card by them, I guess I'm using whatever is on the motherboard, I have Realtek drivers installed right now.
But the thing is, I don't know how I'll diagnose what the problem is. I was going to put this card in my neighbor's computer, but his PSU is a 350W one. His handles a 6800 and two HDs, so I don't see how mine can be at a loss for power.
I'm leaning towards it being AV or some other software. Minimize all tray icons to just what you need, otherwise, they are memory hogs.
And lower your resolution. Is it maxed out? What are your AA settings on? You may want to lower those a step too. Lower the resolution a little bit to the next lower setting, like from 1600x1200 to 1024x1280 and see if that reduces the lag.
Are you sure your memory is installed well and is showing full amount in Windows? Sometimes memory gets loose or accidently gets loose when you mess around inside of the case. Are the power connectors to the video card connected? Check those things.
Yeah I check all that, it's reading 2 gigs of ram and the connections are all fine. I tried oblivion on 800X600 with everything off, my frame rates shot up to like 100+ and it still has that slowdown. COD2 had like 150+ frame rates on everything down, and also has the slow down.
I also tried playing without AV and firewall, ended all my processes except the crucial ones. It still did it. Would you guys like a fraps video of it happening? Maybe that will help?
Also, what kind of cooling do you have in the case. If you have a place for fans, especially at the back of the case, get one. Because those large cards, like the X1900XT run hot and need plenty of air flow inside the case. And Nvidia chipsets run pretty warm. If it is a P6N Platinum, the heat pipe system on the chipset of that baby gets really, REALLY warm, let's just say HOT! You need ALOT of ventilation for that. I bet the less than platinum chipsets get plenty warm too. So get plenty of ventilation on your case.
Personally, I would not have gotten an ATI card for an Nvidia chipset, especially an Nvidia SLI chipset, the 650i, like your's has. You have no SLI upgrade path. You can't do Crossfire on an Nvidia chipset just like you can't do SLI on a Crossfire chipset.