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Hi guys. I have an Athlon x3 and 6850. In games such as Counter Strike: Source the FPS will drop from a constant 100+ down to ~50.

In Black Ops it just plain out runs poorly. It kind of lags, i will be walking along and then sudden freeze, game pops back in and I am dead. It doesn't feel like connection lag because I don't suffer these sort of problems in CoD4, and because you can pretty much feel when it is poor connection.

In Team Fortress 2 the FPS will sometimes drop to ~20-30 for a couple of minutes. It's really annoying.

What I'm wondering is am I suffering froma bottleneck?

My RAM is 4GB-Kit GEIL Black Dragon PC3-8500 DDR3-1066 CL7 incase that is important.
post #2 of 22
It sounds like a problem with drivers more then cpu.
Check all your drivers and make sure you don't have any nvidia drivers interfering.
with my 460 I get constant 300 fps in css (300 is my cap)
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I've never installed any nVidia drivers on this PC so I really don't think that is the problem. Where would I find them incase there were any?
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I'd use driver sweeper I'm pretty sure it automatically updates your ati drivers as well
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An Athlon X3 445 should be more than enough for an HD6850, I'd be confident to stay it is not a bottleneck issue, but more like a driver problem.

I'd try uninstalling your current drivers via the Control Panel, then boot the PC in Safe Mode (F8) to run Driver Sweeper and clean all ATI drivers.

Once that is done, restart, and install these;

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles...15ahotfix.aspx

Once you're done installing and restarted the computer, try gaming again, and report back to this thread to tell us if it's any better.
    
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Ok, i used it and no other nVidia drivers were on the PC, just my ATI drivers. The games still run the same.

EDIT: I will try what kcuestag said
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Ok, i used it and no other nVidia drivers were on the PC, just my ATI drivers. The games still run the same.
Are you on the 11.5a Hotfix now?
    
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post #8 of 22
Hmm is the graphics card in the top pci express slot? The bottom one is only x4 speed.
If not move it to the top slot and should be good
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post #9 of 22
Run down:

1. Check if the GPU is on the top PCI Slot, closet to the CPU

2. Check for bad drivers

3. Uninstall all of your graphic card drivers and reinstall them

4. Check to see if there is any programs running in the background when you are gaming

5. Make sure there is no Antivirus scanning, that goes hand and hand with 4. hat includes protection software with it that scans files in real time.

6. Make sure your computer is on High Performance mode in the Power Settings. You can find it in the Control Panel, it's a big green battery icon.

7. Do some cleaning, sometimes junk builds up in the computer and causes file access to be slow.

Download CCleaner [Download Page]

Download Auslogics' Defrag [Download Page]


Run the file cleaner and the registry cleaner in CCleaner and check start up items and disable ones you know you don't need. The start up items are in the Tools tab.

Run Auslogics and check the settings before you run it.

Set defrag priority to High (option in the SETTINGS DROPDOWN Menu)

Go to the PROGRAM SETTINGS in the SETTINGS Dropdown menu

Go to the Algorithm tab. Everything should be check marked, if not, check them. Set the fragment sizes to 100MB instead of 10MB.


8. Make sure you're not using ReadyBoost USB's. I've tried, they make FPS worse in games, at least for me it did.


9. Your motherboard is a 870 AMD chipset, have you considered using AMD's Overdrive and doing a small overclock on your CPU if you're worried it's a bottle neck?



Those are tips from everyone in this thread and many from my personal experience from trying to squeeze as much FPS out of TF2 as I can on my poor pc
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post #10 of 22
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I did what you said and the same thing still occurs in Black Ops and CS:S.
And yes I am using the 11.5a hotfix. GTA IV used to run perfectly for me but it now lags like a piece of ****. Should i revert back to older drivers?
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