Hi im looking at upgrading my graphics card, when i originally built my system i skimped a bit to save some money and brought myself a PNY Geforce 8800 GT 256mb for about £39. Now im really struggling with getting any decent framerates with the main game i play (World of Warcraft).
Current PC Spec:
AMD 6000 Dual Core
4GB DDR2 800MHZ
Res - 1280x1024
Corsair 550W Power Supply
Now im a bit tight on money as normal and im looking at spending around £70 and at a push could manage £90.
The main card i've been doing alot of looking at is an ATI 4670 512mb.
If this cart is correct you`ll need to look at either a HD4830 or 9800 GT to get any useful boost.
Both CCL and Overclockers have 9800GT for just under your 90 pound maximum.
Have you noticed the framerates dropping over a period of time, or were they just bad from the start?
Perhaps it`s just time to give the PC a clean out and thin out any unwanted or seldom used programs.
I have nothing else on my pc other than WoW, and keep it regualry defraged and scan for spyware etc.
Just found out this afternoon that my dual core processor is throttling down to 986mhz every couple of seconds then back upto 3000. Thinking this might be where im having alot of my problems, installed all the so called amd fixes etc and its still throttling down quite bad.
Not sure if i should look at switching processors now of save a bit for a better graphics card. Any idea ?
oh, ok for a load temp that is decent, shouldn't cause any problems...
not sure what could be the problem then. Try running 3Dmark06, it might give some additional info. I'd think the cpu score should be around 1700 and sm scores like 3000-4000?? just guessing here, but if the scores are way lower than that then there really is a problem with the system... wow might have problems of its own
Use CPU-Z to check you processor temperatures!
It could be a software problem, but sounds as if either the processor fan has failed, or the heatsink is full of dust. Either way you MUST CHECK IT NOW!
Following you advice this morning checked my processor fan, and i'll be honest i was pulling out clumps of dust from it, which explains a lot of my problems.
On my last benchmark last night before i went to bed on 3dmark06 my cpu test return a score of 892, however this morning i cleaned out the processor fan, ran the benchmark and the cpu score was up to 2462.
This must be where all my problems were coming from, anyways thanks alot hopefully alot less problems with slowdowns