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May 3, 2010 5:15:56 PM

Hello,

In World of Warcraft my frame rate is great when I'm doing nothing but when I am in Dalaran or a Raid it drops down to the lower teens and sometimes into the single digits. I've lowered everything in game to the lowest possible settings, set the color to 16, decreased the resolution, used AMD's optimizer tool, and OC my graphics card. Here is my setup:

ASRock A780LM AM2+/AM2 AMD RS780L (760G) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 125W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX6000CZBOX

Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10000 RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK

What else can I do to improve my frame rate?

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a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 5:23:14 PM

Get a better internet connection...or a faster processor.
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a c 130 U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 5:23:46 PM

Your processor is bottlenecking. Learn to overclock, or get a new motherboard.

That, and there's always internet-lag with WoW.
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May 3, 2010 5:32:52 PM

Hmm... I have FIOS 20/5 so that's not the problem. The CPU is OC but with the AMD tool and it's never at 100% most of the time its at 60% with WoW running.

I guess it has to be and issue with the processor/mb.... maybe I need to get a new one
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 5:34:40 PM

your CPU, RAM, and GPU are more then enough
I played WoW on max with the same set up (x2 6000 & 9800GT) and less RAM

make sure shadows are turned off, also what is your monitor's resolution?
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a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 5:38:13 PM

dhotnisky said:
Hmm... I have FIOS 20/5 so that's not the problem. The CPU is OC but with the AMD tool and it's never at 100% most of the time its at 60% with WoW running.

I guess it has to be and issue with the processor/mb.... maybe I need to get a new one


Just because your end may not lag, dosen't mean their end dosen't, it has to work both ways remember. A new CPU is definately recommended, but your resolution can also be a factor.
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May 3, 2010 5:40:16 PM

What would be a better motherboard with the current chip I have?
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May 3, 2010 5:42:26 PM

res is 1280 x 720 but lowering makes no difference
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 5:45:27 PM

is WoW the only game this issue happens on?

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a b U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 5:46:24 PM

dhotnisky said:
What would be a better motherboard with the current chip I have?


The motherboard wouldn't be as much of a factor as the chip is. I would replace the processor before I would replace the motherboard.
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May 3, 2010 5:46:55 PM

It's the only game I play on my PC... I use my PS3 for everything else ;-)
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May 3, 2010 6:06:18 PM

I agree with some people here, your processor is bottlenecking. It does not have to be 100% at all time, because not all parts of the processor are used when its "processing".
Definitely recommend a faster proc, as your video card and ram should be more than enough.

And just in case, try playing with a different connection, just to see what happens (like at a friend's house or something)
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May 3, 2010 6:08:51 PM

do a speed test and does the frame increase when its not raid and pvp and capitol
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May 3, 2010 6:53:10 PM

Yeah, frame rate increased when I'm not in a raid, pvp, or dal... So a new processor! Well let me see what I can do.

TY
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a c 235 U Graphics card
May 3, 2010 6:59:52 PM

i don't think that's the issue

if you where getting 30 FPS on high settings and wanted 30+ then it would be the CPU

if you are getting 9-18FPS on the lowest settings with a 3GHZ dual core CPU, 9800GTX, 4GB RAM and only 1280 x 720 res?; that is not a CPU issue

it is most likely an ISP issue or some program is background is hogging RAM.
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May 3, 2010 7:27:11 PM

Hmm... What happens is that I get 60 easy when nothing is going on but when I am in a raid or pvp it drops to the mid 20s and when the action heats up it drops to 9-18.

I have nothing running in the background, been watching it. Could be an ISP issue but I have FIOS 20/5 so I kind of doubt it.

I was thinking of getting this CPU. I think it would be a bit faster:

AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
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May 3, 2010 9:41:33 PM

Have you tried lowering shadows, texture detail and ground clutter (can't remember what its called). Theyre very intensive. With a similar set up only using a 22"and an HD5870 512mb. I was sitting around 60fps most of the time with full settings.
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