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Low Fps, low gpu load and cpu usage

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February 28, 2013 3:36:15 AM

Hello,

I built this computer like 4 or 5 years ago and recently it's been struggling in games, such as GW2 and Tera. In Tera I get 14 fps max settings and 25 with min settings and resolution (and those are high values, in groups I dip down to about 5-10 on both settings.) I'm running:

-AMD Phenom II x4 965 3.4ghz
-Nvidia GTX 260
-M4A785TD-V EVO
-Windows XPx64 bit
-8gb Corsair xms3 ddr3

My GPU load sits at about 30% and CPU usage is between 40-50%. Drivers are all up to date. I'm not sure if it's the operating system that's slowing me down or the hardware. Appreciate any help, thanks.

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February 28, 2013 4:20:32 AM

Sounds like a good time to reinstall Windows.
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February 28, 2013 10:29:10 AM

dragonlord12832 said:
Sounds like a good time to reinstall Windows.


If that's the case, looks like it's probably time to upgrade to Windows 7. I have no idea where my CDs or keys are.
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February 28, 2013 11:18:54 PM

By the way, is there any difference between OEM Windows 7 from Newegg? Or should I get a regular version?

And any other suggestions?
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March 1, 2013 12:27:31 AM

I heard MMO's are more CPU intensive than GPU. Should I get a new GPU and try to overclock my CPU? Along with getting Windows 7?
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March 1, 2013 12:41:29 AM

I tried overclocking once, but it didn't work. I don't know much about overclocking tbh, but I'll give it another try. Thanks for your help. I think I can only afford one upgrade at the moment, so I can either go with Windows 7 or the GPU/heatsink first.
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March 1, 2013 12:43:36 AM

If you don't get the heatsink, don't overclock. What GPU are you looking at?
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March 1, 2013 12:48:52 AM

That's a good GPU choice.

OEM copies of windows are perfectly fine. They can only be used on one motherboard, however. You can usually call Microsoft and have them give you a new key if you ever need to change motherboards though.
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March 1, 2013 12:52:35 AM

It'd come up to be around $360 for the GPU, heat sink, and Windows 7. Looks like I need to start saving money, haha. Thanks again. :) 
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March 1, 2013 12:54:13 AM

Anytime, always glad to be able to help.
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March 1, 2013 12:57:01 AM

One more quick question, could having 4x 2gb RAM slow anything down? would it be beneficial to switch my ram?
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March 1, 2013 1:00:51 AM

you have 4 2gb sticks? No, that's perfectly fine and won't slow anything.
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March 1, 2013 1:05:24 AM

Technically speaking, that's better than 2 4gb sticks.
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March 1, 2013 1:06:22 AM

Ok, thanks. Just making sure.
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