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Hey guys, I've been playing this new mmo called RIFT and I'd like to run it on max settings. However, I'm only getting about 35-50 fps even after I turn off all foliage, shadows and anti-aliasing.

I was hoping you guys could point out what the bottleneck of my PC is and I could maybe upgrade that part.

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Edited by wako944 - 3/4/11 at 9:25am
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I think you might wana try oc your cpu a little higher? I'm not sure, i never played that game before, and dunno what fps a 470 suppose to pull in that game... But try to oc your cpu higher and see if theres any fps differences, if yes, then it might be the cpu..
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I think you might wana try oc your cpu a little higher? I'm not sure, i never played that game before... But try to oc your cpu higher and see if theres any fps differences, if yes, then it might be the cpu..
I've actually tried OCing it to higher speeds but I can't do it without my CPU getting too hot and failing when I run Prime95.

If you check out my thread from a while back: http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...l#post10240349

You'll see that I couldn't reach 3.6 ghz even at 1.4V on liquid cooling (I seem to have gotten a bad processor)
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I've actually tried OCing it to higher speeds but I can't do it without my CPU getting too hot and failing when I run Prime95.

If you check out my thread from a while back: http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/...l#post10240349

You'll see that I couldn't reach 3.6 ghz even at 1.4V on liquid cooling (I seem to have gotten a bad processor)
Oh.. if you really have gotten a bad cpu, then theres nothing you can really do about it... I think my cpu's bottlenecking my 580 too when i play games thats a bit more cpu bound, such as gta4... I couldnt really go over 4ghz because of my ram, and i dont want to invest in another pair of ddr2 (1066mhz or higher), cause they're freaking expensive. and I doubt it will make any major differences even if i oc my chip to 4.25ghz... the permance/cost ratio just not worth it... so i'm stuck now..
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post #5 of 8
It might just be that your 470 isn't powerful enough anymore for certain games. I think that if you upgrade your GPU you will forsure notice an increase in fps.
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I would think a 470 has plenty of power and your cpu is still alright, im looking at this rift game now and the gfx dont even seem that great, it could just be a poorly optimized mmo. Alot of MMOs are poorely optimised on release
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3.2GHz is slow.
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post #8 of 8
I'm playing rift as well and the previous post is correct. Graphics are nice but not ground breaking by any stretch. It is just a poorly optimized game. It is a good game though.

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