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Wondering why i have FPS issues and can't run games on max settings.

Hello,

I am getting somewhat frustrated, I built a rig last year and understand that I should be able to max out most games graphically, but I find myself turning settings down or off quite a bit.

Here are my specs:

AMD Phenom II x4 945 3.0 Ghz
Radeon HD5770 1gb
8 GB DDR3 Ram
400 Watt PSU
ASUS M3N78-VM Mobo
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  1. What resolution are you playing at? And what games specifucally are you having problems with.

    The 5770 is a decent mid-high range card, meaning its perfectly normal for you to turn down the settings of GPU-Intensive games (Like Metro) at a high resolution (1080P).

    Though what brand/model is your PSU?
  2. Timop said:
    What resolution are you playing at? And what games specifucally are you having problems with.

    The 5770 is a decent mid-high range card, meaning its perfectly normal for you to turn down the settings of GPU-Intensive games (Like Metro) at a high resolution (1080P).

    Though what brand/model is your PSU?

    I dont think he can max out most high res settings with a card like 5770.
  3. Thank you guys for the response.

    I run everything at 1080p.

    In Borderlands, I have to turn shadows off in order to get a high FPS.

    Most games I end up turning AA down, ie Bulletstorm, Crysis, etc.

    I actually am questioning my motherboard at this point - I may have been wrong about the DDR3, it may be DDR2. Would it make a noticeable difference with a new mobo and DDR3?
  4. Also, unbelievably, I can max out COD: Black Ops, but have a hell of a time running The Witcher. I could tear my hair out! DA:Origins is another one where i turn AA down.
  5. Best answer
    Nope, unless you have abysmally slow ram, the switch would be barely noticeable.

    It looks fine with a 5770, it can only do that much, especially with AA. Right now, the thing you can do to improve performance is to update drivers if you haven't, and OC.
  6. Oh sorry, missed the PSU question. It is a Logisys PS550A-Bk.
  7. Is there a way to check my ram speed in windows or bios somewhere? This is the first rig I have ever built myself, and I think I overlooked a few things :)

    BTW, you are being extremely helpful and I really appreciate it.
  8. You could overclock your gpu.and yes ddr2 and ddr3 actually have very little performance differences.
  9. CPU-Z should tell you those things, but since your Mobo being AM2+, Its probably 1066, if not 800.
  10. Best answer selected by ctmetalcore.
  11. I downloaded CPU-Z. Where exactly will I find the ram speed?
  12. ctmetalcore said:
    I downloaded CPU-Z. Where exactly will I find the ram speed?

    The tab called "SPD", on the right of "about".
  13. Wow. says max size is 400 mhz.
  14. ctmetalcore said:
    Wow. says max size is 400 mhz.

    Thats decent DDR2-800s, since you double clocks for DDR memory.
    With those, even if you do an upgrade with some nice 1600 DDR3s, your performance isn't going to increase anymore than 5fps.
    If you have some money to spends, a new GPU and an OC for the 945 would boost performance considerably.
  15. Ah ok. Thank you very much! Very informative.
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