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Please help my FPS dropped from 60-80 to 12

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September 16, 2012 4:55:08 AM

Please help, i came home one day to play games, but i found that my fps had dropped considerably, i usually get around 60-80 fps, but now im only getting 12 fps max occasionally it will spike upto 70 fps but only for about a minute. it is also random so there is no way to tell when it is going to happen.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad 8200
RAM: 4gb (not sure what brand)
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT

My PC has usually been very good with games giving me good fps on medium graphics but not when i put it on the lowest graphics I am only getting 12 FPS

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a c 190 U Graphics card
September 16, 2012 5:01:21 AM

Check the heat of your computer. Also, if your video card is heating up alot, just get a can of compressed air and blow dust out of your card. The 9600GT is pretty old and has probably accumulated alot of heat.
September 16, 2012 5:02:34 AM

what is a normal heat?
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September 16, 2012 5:02:44 AM

Which games are you playing and at what resolution?
September 16, 2012 5:04:05 AM

League of legends and Starcraft 2 both at 1440x900
September 16, 2012 5:07:45 AM

You should also check whether it's your cpu that's overheating. Download a free program called speedfan it will tell you which components are overheating.
a c 190 U Graphics card
September 16, 2012 5:08:46 AM

Well, get a software like MSI Afterburner, and monitor the temperatures. Normal GPU load temperatures would be about 70C with 80C at the max.
September 16, 2012 5:17:30 AM

my gpu is at about 105C
September 16, 2012 5:18:02 AM

while in a game
September 16, 2012 5:33:22 AM

That is EXTREMELY HIGH. Are your fans spinning at full? Spinning at all?
a c 190 U Graphics card
September 16, 2012 5:34:17 AM

That is VERY VERY hot. Get a can of compressed air and blow the dust out of that video card. Also, adjust the fan.
September 16, 2012 8:26:19 AM

yea i cleanned it out now its running at 70-75C
a c 190 U Graphics card
September 16, 2012 8:31:33 AM

On full load or just sitting at the desktop? Because at idle that is hot. Load that is perfect. Are you still experiencing freezing?
September 16, 2012 10:49:20 PM

thats at idle. but it was find in games for about 45 minutes then it just went back to the 12 fps. im pretty sure that its a power problem, because the fan on my GPU looks like its trying to turn but it cant
a c 190 U Graphics card
September 16, 2012 11:16:00 PM

70C idle is insane.
September 17, 2012 2:24:37 AM

if i was to get a new GPU would a XFX RADEON 6950 XXX 2GB fit??
a c 190 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 3:20:43 AM

Do you have the power supply for the graphics card? And there are some better cards out there for the price right now.
September 17, 2012 8:12:22 AM

what are some of the better cards for under $300?
a c 190 U Graphics card
September 17, 2012 4:07:45 PM

Personally I don't think that overclocking that is going to be able to support a 7870, but if you do get one, upgrade the processor and such soon.

Nevermind, I thought it was a Core2Duo for some reason. That Core2Quad still has some life left in it.
September 18, 2012 5:58:24 AM

well i am going to upgrade everything eventaully, i want to spend 1300-2000 on the whole thing, but im no sure whether i should just get the GPU and just save for the rest, or should i just upgrade bit by bit?