Low fps...

Please help!

Just built my first computer with specs:

Intel core i7 (not overclocked)
GTX280 vid card
ASUS P6T MoBo
Corsair 750w PSU
6Gb corsair DDR3 RAM
Vista 64 bit OS

While playing games (GTA4, COD world at war), watching movies, anything is low fps (10 - 15).

I have checked all over the internet and found many options.
1. disable superfetch in vista.
- result: worked for awhile as long as I enabled and disabled it every time I started my computer. Stopped boosting my fps recently.
2. uninstalled latest driver (190.38) from Nvidia, did a clean sweep, then reinstalled
- result: worked one day now wont upon restart of computer.

I just don't understand! when it works i get a constant 91 fps in COD and great fps in grand theft auto. Is it a RAM issue? How come it works sometimes and not others?

Any ideas? please help!
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  1. Well I would say PSU but the thing is that its a Corsair and those tend to be decent PSUs. The GPU is fine..... the CPU is fine....

    In all honesty it shouldn't be that bad, even watching a movie.

    So to narrow it down it could be either the memory or the GPU. Try running Memtest86+ on the memory.

    For the GPU, keep an eye on the temps and as well make sure its plugged into the full x16 slot. if the temps go too high or you see artifacting in the game, you might have to RMA it or get a new one.
  2. Sounds like the GTX280 is down-clocking and not clocking back up when putting a load on it. If you have EVGA Precision Tool you can monitor it and see if that's the case.
    I suggest you try a couple of different Drivers (first on my list would be 185.85) to see which gives you the best performance http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us

    PS: whenever installing a Driver you have not used monitor temps and make sure the fan is spinning (I tried 184.48 and the fan wasn't spinning, thankfully I noticed it before I did anything graphic intensive)
  3. unclefester said:
    Sounds like the GTX280 is down-clocking and not clocking back up when putting a load on it. If you have EVGA Precision Tool you can monitor it and see if that's the case.
    I suggest you try a couple of different Drivers (first on my list would be 185.85) to see which gives you the best performance http://www.nvidia.com/Download/Find.aspx?lang=en-us

    PS: whenever installing a Driver you have not used monitor temps and make sure the fan is spinning (I tried 184.48 and the fan wasn't spinning, thankfully I noticed it before I did anything graphic intensive)


    That sounds plausable. I would hope though if your GPU doesn't spin ppl could tell. I always could with my 2900Pro..... it was loud.
  4. Just get RivaTuner. I use that and when I game i just jack my fans up to 80% so I have no cooling issues. I have headphones on so I dont care about the fan noise, and I have dual 8800GTS's and it doesnt bother me when i have headphones on or using the speakers. They are noisy when just browsing the net, but I switched them to 25% when I am just doin that. Heat can cause lots of issues, so make sure that monster is cool. The downclocking thing could be correct as well, I have seen that happen before.
  5. jimmysmitty said:
    That sounds plausable. I would hope though if your GPU doesn't spin ppl could tell. I always could with my 2900Pro..... it was loud.



    With most of the Invidia Drivers the default fan speed starts at 40% and with added fans even set to lower settings the GPU fan is hard to hear.


    @billin30, your right RivaTuner may be a better idea, as you can set up profiles that change fan speeds with different apps.
  6. LOW FPS CUZ YOUR SYSTEM SUCKS, INTEL FTL SUCK, SUCK INTEL SUCKS
    AMD FTW
    AMD SMARTER CHJOICE!
    FK INTEL!!!!!!
  7. stevensl2 said:
    LOW FPS CUZ YOUR SYSTEM SUCKS, INTEL FTL SUCK, SUCK INTEL SUCKS
    AMD FTW
    AMD SMARTER CHJOICE!
    FK INTEL!!!!!!



    can we not have the spam of that intel sucks stevensl2. Yes i already know you just want reactions to these post. (seen your post on "Upgrade to i7 now or wait untill LGA1156 i7?" thread).

    Anyways back to the thread. Yeah it's either the gpu driver or what other people mention about the graphic card not going to full load ect.
  8. Fine No more spam, jeez..

    Topic - Did you set your ram timings and whatnot? ( You should be getting WAY more than 90 fps in Cod 4 if your rams are set properly )
  9. orrrr


    did you do a clean install of windows?

    if you simply did a migrate from one machine to another..............................


    yeah fresh install, grab latest drivers from the PRODUCER's website (intel, nvidia, etc.) and try again.
  10. Thank you all for your advice thus far.

    I did do a clean install of vista, I have installed a number of hardware monitoring software and really i'm just not that tech savy but I know a little :/ yall's help is really appreciated!

    I apologize its COD 5? (world at war). As for RAM timing... that is over my head lol. I'm at work right now when I get home I'll try to install the previous Nvidia driver (185... or what ever it was) and see what that does. I'll also increase my vid card fan speed from 40

    Last night after i posted i couldn't fall asleep after I gave up on trying to fix my problem so I got back up and turned on my computer and decided to try my game one more time, well low and behold it worked. I was speeding fast, and i'm sure when I get home today I will have $#@! again once i turn it on.

    It is really hit or miss and I just don't know why!
  11. That seems really random... this couldn't be something as simple as it's overheating or you have a virus.... lol
  12. might have been the 190 drivers?
  13. We do not know what hdd he is using. Could be old failing hdd from previuos pc which is bogging system down when lot of hdd activity is going on in the background( antivirus, updates, defrag, indexing etc)
  14. A friend of mine had a similar issue, i.e. a system that SHOULD perform well that wasn't ... turned out that he simply forgot to plug in the additional PCIe power connector to his video card! After that things straightened out, as one might expect :)

    It was his first time building a system, and had never worked with a PCIe card before, and didn't even know that newer cards HAD a connector.

    You probably didn't forget to do that, but hey, it's worth checkin!
  15. Ainarssems, It's 2 brand new Western Digital Hard Drivers.

    I have both plugs plugged in as well should be getting adequate power...

    Just installed the old driver, about to see how it performs.
  16. Well... didn't seem to work any better
  17. ummm works well at night....

    get some AC? maybe its over heating during the day? is the CPU seated correctly / has adequate cooling / airflow in the case?
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