Low Fps, low gpu load and cpu usage


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
-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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  1. Sounds like a good time to reinstall Windows.
  2. 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.
  3. By the way, is there any difference between OEM Windows 7 from Newegg? Or should I get a regular version?

    And any other suggestions?
  4. Your GPU is also old. Here is a comparison of it to an hd7750. The 7750 is the lowest of the modern cards and usually will game at low settings at 1080p.

  5. 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?
  6. Yes, Overclocking the 965 is easy. I had mine at 4ghz for a year or so. Get this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  7. 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.
  8. If you don't get the heatsink, don't overclock. What GPU are you looking at?
  9. I was going to go with AMD 7850 I think. And do you know if Windows 7 OEM is worth getting?

  10. 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.
  11. 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. :)
  12. Anytime, always glad to be able to help.
  13. One more quick question, could having 4x 2gb RAM slow anything down? would it be beneficial to switch my ram?
  14. you have 4 2gb sticks? No, that's perfectly fine and won't slow anything.
  15. Technically speaking, that's better than 2 4gb sticks.
  16. Ok, thanks. Just making sure.
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