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Bottlenecked? gaming pc that should be performing better?

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February 15, 2013 7:27:55 PM

Hello,
as the topic states my gaming pc feels a little slow, it runs gpu heavy games like skyrim and empireTW very nicely however when it comes to games like farcry 3 i have to run at low settings, what am i missing here folks XD
specs: I7 2600k 3.4 ghz
evga nvidia GTX 560 2gig gddr5 native res- 1920x1080
1TB seagate HDD
8 gigs kingston hyper X 1600 ddr 3
asus p8z68 le motherboard
500 watt corsair psu
windows 7 64bit
i dont think im forgetting anything but open to questions and hoping for help!
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February 15, 2013 7:31:49 PM

I would have to say the architecture of the card(560). A lowly gtx660 is twice as fast.
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February 15, 2013 7:36:00 PM

hmm well im no computer expert, i should have done more research on vid cards. clearly my bad
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February 15, 2013 7:37:53 PM

The 560 is almost 3 years old. Its just not up to it for newest games.
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February 15, 2013 7:40:11 PM

in everyone's opinion is the rest of my setup good to support a better video card? and what are some recommendations for a good card thats not like $400+
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February 15, 2013 7:40:57 PM

The rest of your computer is perfectly fine and modern. Look at a gtx 660 or an hd 7870.
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February 15, 2013 7:43:00 PM

If you prefer nVidia, such as to get PhysX, get a GTX660. If AMD is acceptable, a HD7870. Either will be a significant improvement over a GTX560, and cost around $200-$225.
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February 15, 2013 7:43:09 PM

thanks! think i will go for a gtx 660, i tend to prefer nvidia
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February 15, 2013 7:52:16 PM

I was a bit skeptical that would solve all your problems. In a Tom's article posted here... http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/367947-33-256bit-gefo... the graph would have you believe the increase in performance is roughly 30%. I am guessing Farcry 3 utilizes way more shaders than your other examples.
I also use a 560ti and haven't seen the performance hits, yet...
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February 15, 2013 8:06:56 PM

well i have just the gtx 560 not the ti and i cant comment on shader amounts between games because of ignorance, mainly i just want to be ready for games coming out this year like Rome total war 2 and the new sim city. i just used far cry 3 as an example, i finished the game soon after i got it and while enjoying myself got bored with it.
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February 15, 2013 8:15:53 PM

Ehh, could be a Windows 8 issue as well...
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February 15, 2013 8:16:55 PM

have you installed fraps to check the actual frame rates? What are they?
Do you have advanced image settings on ? AA? AF ?
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February 15, 2013 8:18:00 PM

poop i dont know what kind of brain flatulence i had when i posted that but to correct it i have windows 7 64x NOT windows 8
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February 15, 2013 8:20:11 PM

fraps no, but i was getting like 15-25 fps on 3dmark11 and for the nvidia control settings i have it set to let the application decide. i try to run all my games maxed out in their individual setups as thats the way they should be enjoyed. having to drop settings to even be able to play rankles me.
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February 15, 2013 8:20:52 PM

Install fraps

its free
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February 15, 2013 8:23:10 PM

i might but i dont need to see the actual frame rates to perceive that the game im playing is stuttering and lagging visually. what else can fraps tell me?
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February 15, 2013 8:43:31 PM

you can compare your results in fraps with online benchmarks for the same card
[ taking note of settings others used]

That will tell you if there is a problem with your card and/or drivers

or if you are just expecting too much from it
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February 15, 2013 8:46:05 PM

chugot9218 said:
Ehh, could be a Windows 8 issue as well...


Ummm no.
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February 15, 2013 8:51:03 PM

from what ive been reading, just expecting too much from this card. will surely be upgrading when i have the moolah
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February 15, 2013 8:53:56 PM

I would go with AMD 7800 or 7900 series and get the free games they have going right now, I got a 7950 and couldn't be happier
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February 15, 2013 8:54:46 PM

i prefer nvidia
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February 15, 2013 9:06:02 PM

Before buying a new card, install the latest drivers if you haven't done so. (Make sure to fully uninstall the old ones and run driver fusion to remove the remains).
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February 15, 2013 9:31:18 PM

scout54 said:
i might but i dont need to see the actual frame rates to perceive that the game im playing is stuttering and lagging visually. what else can fraps tell me?


the free version will tell you FPS....... which everybody should know......... frame rates don't tell the entire story of how a card performs.
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