Hi, recently i put together a new computer for myself, and althought it should be able to handle games like World of warcraft and Warcraft III, but it doesn't.
I keep getting periodic FPS drops, switching between 80-120 and 5-20 FPS every minute or so. I have tried monitoring my GPU and CPU and haven't found any abnormalities. And this happens whichever game i am playing which is really starting to annoy me.
motherboard: ASus A8V-VM SE
CPU: Amt Opteron Dual core 165 1.8GHz 2MB s939
memory(DDR): 1x1gb , 1x512MB
GPU: Asus EN8500 GT SILENT.
PSU: a 570W of some brand..
My first suspicion was that it was the GPU. but then i returned it and got a new one:
ASUS EN8600GT, PCI-E, 256 MB,
and the problem remained. All of my friends who knows about these stuff couldn't tell me where the problem was so i could fix it, so no I am turning to this forum to find out.
have you tried a clean install of windows? (no idea if it would help, but you never know), its very unlikely to be a PSU issue, since the 8500 uses screw all power, processer looks fine, memory looks ok for games like WoW... I can't see where the issue is, sorry
Also if you have any AV or antispyware programs running try disabling them. I used to have a program running where it took a "snapshot" of my comp every minute to detect viruses, this froze my windows for about a second.
What are your temps for your CPU (load)? I'd often have an FPS drop on my old P4 because it would start throttling and there would be a second or two of just straight freeze time, no matter what game. Took the case side off and never had that problem again.
Your framerate is going to vary a lot in world of warcraft. For example, while questing by yourself, your framerate is going to be very high, but when you walk into a heavily crowded area such as a city, or if you are in a raid instance with lots of environmental effects and 24 other players, your framerate is going to suffer.
However, in WC3, you shouldn't really be having this much discrepancy in your framerate. Try taking a look at your cooling settings and adjust/upgrade your cooling solution.