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Ok, so I have been having a problem with my graphics card that I bought like 2 months ago and I really would like to figure out what the source of my problem is.

So I have the nVidia GeForce 7800 GS OC AGP graphics card and it is supposed to be a really good card and I shouldn't be experiencing much FPS lag in the games I play. The problem is that I do experience quite a bit of FPS lag. I play Counter-Strike 1.6 which is an old game and it should be able to run it better than good. Unlike most of my friends who have worst graphics cards than I do, I do not get constant 100 or 99 fps. I will start out the game with 99 fps and it just starts to drop all the way down to 40 fps and sometimes it gets very bad and goes down to like 15 or 20 fps. I also play World of Warcraft and do not get above 15-20 fps while playing the game.

I don't think that I should be experiencing these issues with this graphics card. When I bought it I hoped that it would solve all my lag problems, but it hasn't. So I was wondering if it could be my processor, motherboard, or memory that is slowing it down? Does anyone have any ideas?
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post #2 of 19
How are your temperatures? It seems like that something is running hot, given the 'normal' FPS at the beginning and then the gradual drop.

I am also glancing at that 400W PSU you have there... what brand/model is it? And how many amps on the 12V rails? If it's a generic one with, say, 18A on a 12V rail then the new video card might simply be starved of power.
    
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post #3 of 19
I used to have one of these. My money is on the PSU being the cause of the problems. Is it a good one or a no-name brand?
post #4 of 19
Id check your temps if that p4 is overheating it could be thottling causing the slow downs. Make sure your running latest drivers for your chipset and video card to.
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post #5 of 19
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I think that it could possibly be my PSU considering that it is a no-name brand. I don't know much about PSUs so im not sure what part will tell me the Volts and the AMPs but here is the info I got about my PSU.

Name: A-Power 450W 12V ATX Power Supply
AC Input: 115V/230V 10A/6A 60/50Hz
DC Output: +3.3V,26A +6V,35A +12V,15A -12V,0.8A -5V,0.5A +5VSB,2A

My graphics card says that for System Requirements it needs: A minimum 400W system power supply (with 12V current rating of 20A or more).
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post #6 of 19
u got aftermarket cooling fans on the gfx card
post #7 of 19
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I think that it could possibly be my PSU considering that it is a no-name brand. I don't know much about PSUs so im not sure what part will tell me the Volts and the AMPs but here is the info I got about my PSU.

Name: A-Power 450W 12V ATX Power Supply
AC Input: 115V/230V 10A/6A 60/50Hz
DC Output: +3.3V,26A +6V,35A +12V,15A -12V,0.8A -5V,0.5A +5VSB,2A

My graphics card says that for System Requirements it needs: A minimum 400W system power supply (with 12V current rating of 20A or more).
There seems to be your problem. Needs 20A or more, and you only have 15A. Clearly, your card is likely to be power starved.

Depending how much you want to spend, FSP has a nice PSU for around $50 that delivers 450W, but 29A on the 12V rails. Also, XCLIO has a 500W PSU for around the same price, and also plenty Amps on the 12V rails (not sure exactly how much, but around 30A.)

If you want to be more future proof, and don't care to spend some more money, The Silverstone Element is about $81 on Deadeyedata.com and delivers 500W and 35A on the 12V rails.
    
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post #8 of 19
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Alright great, thanks for your help. I am gonna go out tommorow and buy a new Power Supply, hopefully it fixes my problem.
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post #9 of 19
Read the specs carefully.

You probably will find PSUs that have dual 12V rails, and it reads something like this:

12V1: 18A and 12V2: 18A.

However, that does NOT mean that there is 36A available on the 12V rails. Often there is a Wattage printed right underneath those numbers, for example: 360W for 12V1+12V2. Now, we know the true current on the 12V rails, since 360/12 = 30A!

Try to stay away from crap brands like 'Maddog' and what not.
    
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post #10 of 19
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Alright, I'll try to find one of the PSU's you were talking about, I am not to worried about spending $80 on a good power supply. Thanks again.
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