New Card Low FPS

So I'm new to this site and might have this in the wrong section.. so sorry ahead of time.

Anyways, recently I bought basically a new computer:

-EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit DDR3 x 1
-MSI 790XT-G45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD
-AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor

The problem I am having is that I'm getting 20-50 FPS in every game I play even after I change graphics to low or high. I've tried old drivers, the drivers that came with the card, and drivers off of NVIDIA. I've also tried many little tweaks to both my computer and games that I have found to work for other people with similar problems.

Again Thank You, I will try and get back here nearly everyday to try as many things I can.
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  1. Have you checked to see if anything is overheating? Is your processor running at the correct speed?
  2. What resolution do you play at and what games are you trying.
  3. In BIOS my temps are
    CPU - 50C
    System - 40C

    I don't know how to find them when I'm fully booted.

    I would like to run all my games at 1440 x 900 but I've been running them in 1024 x 768 in hopes of increasing my FPS.

    The games that I've played with this issue (so far):
    Counter Strike: Source
    Call of Duty 2
    Starcraft 2
    Heroes of Newerth
  4. Also not sure if this makes a difference, I have Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit installed at the moment, maybe if I had 64-bit somethings could run smoother?
  5. Maybe if you got 4GB or more ram. You need to check every thing config wise to rule out every thing else. Are you gaming at max settings? Make sure the ram is in dual channel mode and not in single channel. The ram timings also impact performance so make sure they are stock according to the ram defaults.
  6. I have 4GB of RAM at the moment but I'm running on 32bit so it's only using half, and no I'm not running any of the games on max. I'll check on the dual channel thing and what not and get back.

    Edit: On, where I bought it, it says my motherboard is only Dual Channel...
    In my BIOS under DRAM Configuration, my timing is set to Auto. When I select auto I can change it to DCT-0, DCT-1, or Both. Should I leave it at auto or change it?
  7. Half? You should be using 3~gb in x86, not half.
  8. I was told it should be half but I noticed once it said I was using 2.98GB of it so yea, but still no answers to my problem. I continue to search!
  9. Install speed Fan to check temp for ur CPU and video card and HD also, post ur value here, I am using 9800gtx+ also, all setting max, 4xmsaa, avg 55FPS for Dirt 2, 1280x720.(run in xp mode)
    My spec are
    P4 3.0 prescott HT
    4G DDR2-800
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 (win 7 64 bit)
    Maxtor 80G (win xp pro 32bit)
    CM GX-550
    ur spec should have higher frame rate
    BTW i am using the lastest driver from nvidia, should not have any problems with it
  10. btw what resolution u using???
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    Those games are very old.they are not made for win7.Thats why u get low them in win7 xp mode.

    I had a 9800GT before using Win7 running all of these games with no problems, so I don't know what to say about that, although I will try to run them in XP mode.

    I'm trying to use 1440x900 but I've been messing around will all the other resolutions to see if there's a difference.

    With Computer on running nothing but iTunes and Mozilla temps are:
    GPU: 42C
    Temp1: 39C
    Temp2: -128C [are these 3 fans?]
    Temp3: 35C
    HD: 34C
    Core: 33C

    In-Game (Counter Strike: Source) 1440x900:
    GPU: 47C
    Temp1: 40c
    Temp2: -128C
    Temp3: 36C
    HD: 36C
    Core: 34C

    In-Game (Call of Duty 2) 1440x900:
    GPU: 52C (Later dropped to 48C)
    Temp1: 41C
    Temp2: -128C
    Temp3: 37C
    HD: 37C
    Core: 37C
  12. am i the only one who thinks those cpu temps are too high? 50c without even booting into the OS.

    my 955 @ 3.6ghz idles at 30c under a 20c ambient. and that's on a crappy case with just 2 80mm fans.

    if the cpu is really getting that hot, it could be reaching 75+ c ingame and it would throttle itself down to avoid damage from overheating.

    you either live on a very warm place, or that cooler is crap, or you applied the thermal paste incorrectly.

    also speedfan does not offer very trustable readings, it's better to use hwmonitor or amd overdrive to check temps.
  13. Running Call of Duty 2 in Win XP mode seemed to work slightly.

    Also it's been kinda warm this summer but I have a fan on full time in my room, the cooler I bought came pre-applied, and I can link you it to see how "crappy" it is.

    I do have extra thermal paste and the correct liquid for removing old paste, so if it is the paste let me know.

    Using AMD Overdrive my idle CPU is at 32C, in-game it is 35-36C
  14. 32c is fine, but you said it was 50c from the bios before.

    it's not the cpu what's causing it then
  15. It seems to only be Counter Strike: Source that is effected majorly, other Valve games are slightly messed up, same with Call of Duty 2. I'm not sure what could cause it other than a patch for the game or a recent Nvidia update.

    I'm getting closer to the answer and I thank you all, so far.
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