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Could there be a bottleneck problem?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
June 5, 2012 12:05:50 PM

Comp specs
Intel Dual core Pentium D 3.0 ghz
Nvidia gt 545
2 gigs of ddr3
350 watt psu

Question is this. I play wow. Had to sell my old rig to move out to Colorado and am playing wow and bf3 (downloading it today) WoW on the lowest settings is averaging 28 FPS in the zones and in raids about 10fps. The threads on my cpu run at about 30% load so I'm assuming my CPU is ok. My Video card seems to max out however. I know this is a crazy question but is my cpu or my video card.

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June 5, 2012 12:32:47 PM

You'd know the CPU was the bottleneck if it was hitting 100% and your GPU was doing nothing. But you have the opposite situation. Have you measured the GPU load in GPU-Z? What kind of motherboard do you have?

If your GPU is not reaching close to 100% load, your PCIe 1.0 bandwidth may be maxed out (I'm assuming your mobo has PCIe 1.0?). It may just be the architecture.

Check GPU-z to find out the GPU load and let us know.
June 5, 2012 12:50:23 PM

Was Using MSI Afterburner but as requested I see 99% load at 100% of the time in GPU-z. My motherboard is out of an Emachines ddr2
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June 5, 2012 12:57:57 PM

Yea seems like you just have too old of a rig.

If you are playing WoW on lowest settings and getting an average of less than 30FPS, than BF3 on low probably won't even run.

My suggestion is quit WoW, sell that PC to someone and save up little by little and you can get yourself a new mid to low range rig in no time.
June 5, 2012 12:58:25 PM

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June 5, 2012 1:01:31 PM

I upgraded the processor to a dual core pentium D 3.0ghz
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June 5, 2012 1:05:06 PM

briansklein said:
Was Using MSI Afterburner but as requested I see 99% load at 100% of the time in GPU-z. My motherboard is out of an Emachines ddr2

So you have the throughput since your GPU is hitting the high 90%s usage. You could benefit from a GPU upgrade on more GPU-intensive games.

How much money would you look to spend and what kind of PSU do you have?

The thing that baffles me a little is WoW is supposed to be CPU-intensive and you're not seeing high CPU usage when playing WoW? What about in crowded areas?

June 5, 2012 1:11:08 PM

My PSU is 350 watts came with the computer. Not sure what the rail voltage is off hand but i have never had the computer shut off on me. In crowded areas the cpu is generally unaffected. My budget is around 150.00 for gpu and 50 for a psu
June 5, 2012 1:12:44 PM

Chipset type Intel 945GC Express
Data bus speed 800.0 MHz

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June 5, 2012 1:23:38 PM

I'm not so sure you have budget for too much better right now. I would suggest you save for now.

Upgrade the architecture as others have suggested. If you live close enough to Denver, you can get to a microcenter and take advantage of the 1155 processor/ motherboard combos they constantly have. Then leap frog this with a GPU update when you can.

It would be a much better choice than a barely noticeable difference now.
June 5, 2012 7:35:56 PM

Best answer selected by briansklein.
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June 5, 2012 8:29:32 PM

I'm thinking your GT545 might not be installed or has the right drivers. The GT545 is pretty slow, but so it the Pentium D. The Pentium D is really old.

Even if it did work, you might as well just have to settle with an upgrade for now as ubercake has said.