Hello and welcome to the forums
Are you playing with AA/AF on ? if so,then your FPS is fine(Since NFS shift isn't very well optimized).
However,OC'ng your CPU will give you more FPS in some games as esaglik mentioned.
And your RAM is fine,capacity is more important than timing for gaming,and 4GB DDR2 800 RAM is fine.
hey .yes im playing with aa/af on (tried 8x,16xAnisotropic.the 2x,16x) not much difference.
anyway.i was running the 3dmark vantage tests and i've noticed im gettin very difference results everytime..eg P11000 in one run and P8000 in another..(the cpu score also varied from 8000 to 4000)
also, i noticed in the max memory usage in GPU-Z(which was on during the test) was also different..being 680 in the first and only 280 in the second.
i dont know why it is varying,but moving the card a bit in the pci-e slot affects it.. could the pcie slot be loose or corrupt ? the mobo is amount 3 yrs old
one more question,how would one detect a problem in the RAM? coz i have a transcend 2gb 800MHz as i mentioned,but in CPU-Z,the ram refresh is show as 400Mhz ?? could it have dropped over the years? i have no clue about this.
EDIT:just an addition..why i checked ram was coz the loading times in nfs shift were suddenly ABYSMAL and again were varying each time i ran the game...they varied from 2-3 minutes to 30 seconds??
something is really not right here :-(
thanks in advance and sorry for all the questions :-)
Your RAM is fine,its always shown as half of the speed of your RAM.Its basically 400mhz clock speed, 800mhz effective speed.
Like i said,Shift isn't very well optimized.I had low FPS with it too(with a 5970).
Try other games especially new FPS shooter one and tell us your FPS.