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Hello guys and gals.

Many of my games have been stuttering ever since I installed a new Sapphire 6850 into my rig. The games themselves renders great and at a high FPS normally but there just some special cases where the screen will stutter and "mini-freeze". Allow me to elaborate:

Black Ops - Loading screens will stutter like crazy and will also take a long time, in game, the graphics renders great but whenever I enter a new area or when the game is starting to load a big set piece, the graphics goes into slide-show mode.

TF2 - Games runs like a charm, but whenever I enter a server that has a video ad, the game will crash and even shut down my machine. This seems to be fixed now that I increased my GPU voltage to 1.25V but I would still like some insight as to why this happened before.

Killing Floor - Game will freeze for about 1 second every time a new round starts, when the trader closes shop. It also stutters somewhat when I walk around the map.

Fallout 3 - Stutters ALL THE TIME, movement feels out of sync and frames gets choppy at random, barely playable. Lowering graphics helps somewhat, but movement still feels laggy.

Please help me on this problem guys, it's really frustrating. Especially the Black Ops stutter because it actually worked better when I had my old 5550 in my system. Lowering the graphics on most of these games doesn't help at all (Except for Fallout 3 as I had previously mentioned).

I have my card overclocked to 925/1100 at 1.25V if that helps at all.

Thank you for reading!
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One thing I would check is to see if you CPU is running at 100% while playing, as well check out your Gpu load %. I found my CPU was bottle necking my Gpu. Not saying that's what's going on with your, but you should check it out. Run a game in windowed mode and use a program like real temp
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One thing I would check is to see if you CPU is running at 100% while playing, as well check out your Gpu load %. I found my CPU was bottle necking my Gpu. Not saying that's what's going on with your, but you should check it out. Run a game in windowed mode and use a program like real temp

I have checked my CPU performance when I was playing Black Ops and indeed it was running at 100%~99% all the time.
I have also ran Skyrim in windowed mode and that game doesn't even take up 100%, not ever close.
I find this quite ironic because Black Ops can't POSSIBLY be more demanding than Skyrim.

I have a Athlon X3 445, could it bottleneck the 6850? I
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I really don't know anything about amd anymore. I'm just regurgitating stuff I've read from other people. Was you Gpu running at 100% aswll. I knew I had a CPU problem when the Gpu was only at 50% load during battlefield 3. Evga percision has an on screen display option that will show fps, temps, load% ect. And it could just be a driver issue
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I really don't know anything about amd anymore. I'm just regurgitating stuff I've read from other people. Was you Gpu running at 100% aswll. I knew I had a CPU problem when the Gpu was only at 50% load during battlefield 3. Evga percision has an on screen display option that will show fps, temps, load% ect. And it could just be a driver issue

Just tested Black Ops and Skyrim, both had the GPU running at 100% load
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is your CPU overclock ?
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sounds like your cpu is not enough. it can not keep up with processing everything. the only way to stop the stuttering would be to drop the graphics really low. like most of the way if not all the way down. it will also depend on how much ram you have. you need a min of 4gb now days for most games to be decent. but the more you start turning up settings the more cpu, mem, and graphics card you need to run them. my 960T at 4.0 and 8gb of 1333 with a 4870x2 has trouble if i start maxing games out. mainly my card, but the cpu usage hits 75-90% depending on the game.
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is your CPU overclock ?

My CPU is currently overclocked to 3.6Ghz with 235 FSB and 15.5 CPU multiplier. I plan on increasing it more.
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sounds like your cpu is not enough. it can not keep up with processing everything. the only way to stop the stuttering would be to drop the graphics really low. like most of the way if not all the way down. it will also depend on how much ram you have. you need a min of 4gb now days for most games to be decent. but the more you start turning up settings the more cpu, mem, and graphics card you need to run them. my 960T at 4.0 and 8gb of 1333 with a 4870x2 has trouble if i start maxing games out. mainly my card, but the cpu usage hits 75-90% depending on the game.

I will try this on Black Ops

Thanks for all your inputs so far guys!
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So I turned down everything to the minimal like 1024x768 resolution, 0 AA in Black Ops and here are the results:
- Loading screen video still stutters and levels takes forever to load, much slower than when I had the 5550 in there.
- Gameplay no longer stutters, still some 0.1 second freezes but WAY better than before

I also turned everything down on Skyrim and here are the results:
- No difference

So do I need to get a new CPU? If so, what would you guys suggest?
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So I've been looking on Newegg for a bit and spotted the Phenom II X4 965, it seems really popular and I would like to shoot for that CPU.

But I don't feel like I'm getting a new CPU any time soon. So is there any other tips and suggestions that may relate to my problem? I'm open to everything, this is kind of a desperate situation I'm in.
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