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Low FPS on replaced parts... So frustrated!

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October 26, 2011 4:45:34 AM

Hey all, I originally had a q6600 and a gtx 260 with some old Dell motherboard. i was getting low FPS in sc2 so I upgraded my whole system, piece by piece. I first updated the motherboard and cpu, to a i5 2500k. No change/mild change in fps on max settings in big fights (20-30 fps) in starcraft 2. I upgraded my video card to a gtx 560ti. No difference. Changed my psu to a nice, quality 750 watt.
Nothing changed.

I'm so frustrated right now. The temps are normal. Why is this happening?
When I play on max settings the game feels a little stuttery aswell. Not extreme but it feels slightly "laggy" compared to when I play on the lowest setting despite it being 60~ fps in the beginning of the game.

Could it be my hard drive? it's the only old part still existing.....

I'm so mad/frustrated. Please help me.
October 26, 2011 4:55:06 AM

Well... It could possibly be your harddrive. If its from an old dell computer its probably a 5400 rpm drive. If i could maybe see about replacing that with a 7200rpm 1tb or getting a 60gb ssd and put your windows and main hdd intensive games on that and use the hdd as a storage drive.
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October 26, 2011 4:58:37 AM

How do you check what hard drive you have ? since it's dell, I can't really tell what it is by opening it up.... it's fairly old though. I'm not really sure how many years a go but it was back when a q6600 and 8800gt was good.
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October 26, 2011 5:06:48 AM

Well by the 8800gt was really good about 3.5 years ago. If you can, open the case and read any, ANY, markings on the hard drive it's self. Then, once that it is done report it back here and i will continue on.
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October 26, 2011 5:13:43 AM

Hi Johnkats,
when you upgraded your vga did you use the same driver from gtx260 or did you uninstall them first and then installed the gtx560ti drivers?
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October 26, 2011 5:15:20 AM

HITACHI HDP725050gla360 ATA DEVICE
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October 26, 2011 5:16:12 AM

copnas said:
Hi Johnkats,
when you upgraded your vga did you use the same driver from gtx260 or did you uninstall them first and then installed the gtx560ti drivers?



I reinstalled windows fully so... i don't think that's a factor :[
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October 26, 2011 5:24:04 AM

What about your ram? you didn't tell us what ram('s) you have.
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October 26, 2011 5:25:19 AM

8gs on windows 7. Sorry I forgot. It's quality ram aswell.
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October 26, 2011 5:28:05 AM

Another possiable problem. I was just taking a shower [i always get ideas in the shower] and i completly forgot to ask if you have the latest drivers for your gpu?
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October 26, 2011 5:28:38 AM

lozotheatheist said:
Another possiable problem. I was just taking a shower [i always get ideas in the shower] and i completly forgot to ask if you have the latest drivers for your gpu?

yes
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October 26, 2011 5:33:10 AM

Just to have it as as a factor and not as a solution do this:
Start your game, after you notice that your fps drops alt+TAB to windows and then back again to sc2. What will be the result, will your fps raise again? If yes for how much time will they be raised if they will drop again.
Another one: what happens if you start sc2 in windowed mode or what happens if you notice that you have fps drops and change after this to windowed mode?
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October 26, 2011 5:44:01 AM

the FPS remains the same.

window mode holds less fps
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October 26, 2011 2:05:38 PM

my cpu jumps to very high load when i play... normal?

Doesn't matter whether it is campaign or multi-player.
* Doesn't matter what video settings or mode (resolution, quality or windowed mode was changed back and forth).
* No antivirus or utilities running in background, and nothing else in the process list is using more than a couple percent CPU.
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October 26, 2011 2:19:22 PM

have you overclocked the CPU? GPU? How much?
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October 26, 2011 2:53:29 PM

No overclocking done
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October 26, 2011 2:56:45 PM

Go download a program called "CINEBENCH" and tell me your scores. It could be a failing core or bad production run video card.
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October 26, 2011 3:21:10 PM

johnkats said:
No overclocking done


Overclock your CPU. What heatsink do you have?
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October 26, 2011 5:02:41 PM

stock and i cant oveclock with my motherboard.
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October 26, 2011 5:20:21 PM

I got a 46 FPS on OPEN GL on the Cinebench and a 4.32 on the CPU test.
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October 26, 2011 5:31:11 PM

I've just noticed that my sc2 is 32bit version while Im running a 64bit windows version. Would that have a strong influence on FPS?
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
a b V Motherboard
October 27, 2011 5:46:00 PM

Did you do a full clean install of Windows after upgrading your hardware?
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October 27, 2011 7:02:20 PM

g-unit1111 said:
Did you do a full clean install of Windows after upgrading your hardware?

No, I'll do that next i suppose.

EDIT: only thing I upgraded since my last windows reset was my CPU.
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a c 78 B Homebuilt system
a b V Motherboard
October 27, 2011 7:19:34 PM

Even with DELL computers you should be able to get specifics of the Hard Drive by looking at the label. I have looked at HDs in a few hundred DELLs and they all had the stats clearly visible on them.

If you don't know what to look for just look for a serial number or something and we can google search what kind it is.

Also, you can go into your hardware manager by doing:

Right click Computer
Properties
Device Manager
Disk Drives

If you just post the character strings you see shown in there we can figure it out ourselves as well.

For that matter, every part should have a listing in there with a description by it that we can use to help you out.

Also, could you post the exact type of Power Source that you have.
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
a b V Motherboard
October 28, 2011 4:11:54 PM

johnkats said:
No, I'll do that next i suppose.

EDIT: only thing I upgraded since my last windows reset was my CPU.


If you upgraded your motherboard, you definitely need to reformat your HD and do a full install of Windows. It'll clear out all the old drivers.
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