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HD4870 Can't run games seemingly

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a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 9:44:05 AM

Ok I have a Sapphire HD 4870 with 1GB of memory, a Core 2 Duo E8500 @ 3.16ghz and 2gb of ram.
All my games are running terribly slow, for instance I've turned all the settings down on world of warcraft to the lowest they can go and my computer still gets a framerate of around 10fps.
With a graphics card of this caliber the other parts surely couldn't be having such a detrimental effect on the performance so I figured it should really be the graphics card.
I'm seriously considering a reinstall of windows in case it's a software problem so all help is appreciated.
a c 86 U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 10:00:38 AM

have you run 3dmark06 on it, might help pinpoint the problem a little? detailed scores please. cpu/sm2&3

have you tried reinstalling the ati drivers?

what kind of temps are you getting under load? cpu/gpu

anything weird showing up on cpu-z or gpu-z?

malware/spyware/viruses?

other processes that are eating up cpu resources? high kernel usage? hardware conflicts etc?
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 10:07:07 AM

Don't have 3dmark06, can you point me to it please.
Yeah I've downloaded new drivers.
My cpu's temp is constantly below 30 degrees C.
I did a virus scan yesterday to no avail.
And there doesn't appear to be anything eating up my system resources.
In reply to the question about games, I have call of duty 4 which has had its performance halved since about a week ago, left 4 dead, which i can't seem to run on any settings without a ridiculously low fps, crysis I haven't checked, doom 3 seems to be terribly laggy and css gets about 30 fps.
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Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 10:08:41 AM

I'm on XP Professional 32-bit.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 10:15:49 AM

Oki doki I have about 30 min more on the download, as a bit of extra info I got my processor 2 days ago for christmas, and that appears to be when it started to go really downhill, but I have no idea why because the processor I was using before hand was an old Pentium D @ 3.0ghz...
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 10:26:40 AM

Did you change your CPU and GPU without re-installing windows?

WHY?

Bit-rot alone is a good reason to blow out an install every 3-6 months, but such a dramatic change, you gotta rebuild man, even driver cleaner isn't going to get your system running near optimal compared to a fresh start.

Back up your essentials and then clean install.

But also like SS says, make sure you don't also have major hardware conflicts also.
December 27, 2008 10:41:41 AM

nothing better than starting fresh :bounce: 
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 10:45:01 AM

Ok cheers guys, I'll dl cpu-z and then reinstall windows after ive checked its all compatible.
I think it should be compatible as my mobo supports crossfire but i dunno, I'll take a look.
Thanks for all the help.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 10:47:44 AM

Ok cpu-z isn't showing much about my processor... I'll take a printscreen.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:00:57 AM

ConRoeXFire-eSATA2...
I feel so mad I didn't check this before...
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:04:10 AM

will running it atm cause damage to the cpu because if so I'm gonna switch to my old processor pronto.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:05:10 AM

ah. heres my issue. supports: - FSB 1066/800/533 MHz
damn it.
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:05:46 AM

right cheers, ill put in the old one and think about how im gonna sort this out.
a c 86 U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:09:48 AM

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=ConRoeXFire...
hmm it only supports 1066MHz bus and E8500 uses 1333

might work if manually overclocked the board to run at 1333FSB (333MHz for real)

bios update sounds like a really good move at this point...
a c 86 U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:10:42 AM

whoops was I late....
a c 86 U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:14:25 AM

and +1 for P45 mobo, can't go wrong with one of those
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:17:02 AM

so i need a sata2, pci-e supporting mobo with an fsb support for 1333mhz....
rage
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:18:44 AM

what are the g31 chip mobos like?
a c 86 U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:23:33 AM

quite good, I'd think
I have G33 running E6550 at 450FSB (3,15GHz), thats 1800 quadpumped

but you dont really need the integrated graphics on it.... good to have as a back up I guess
a c 86 U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:27:26 AM

should be decent enough
but boy, is that abit board ugly, lol, nasty colours

and abit is pulling out of the mobo business, so support might be a bit scarce...
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:27:27 AM

its the cheapest 1333mhz supporting one they have so im not too bothered about the integrated graphics.
on another note, i have a big typh 120 cooler which has a backplate stuckto the mobo, just wondering if i can reuse this in any shape or form... not really wanting to spend more money than i have to.
a c 86 U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:29:36 AM

the back plate should come off quite easily, they are usually just plugged into those screw holes. maybe a bit of doubblesided tape in between
Anonymous
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2008 11:33:49 AM

yeah theres tape, but ill give it a shot.
thanks for all the help guys, probably gonna go get that motherboard within the hour, just waiting for my dad to get back from whatever it is hes doing.
December 27, 2008 12:20:31 PM

If you wanna be cheap, but still good, I would go for a P43 instead.
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