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Windows 7: PC Games Running Choppy


04 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
PC Games Running Choppy

Hello, i have the following PC configuration for about 1 year:

AMD Athlon x3 450
ATI HD 5670
MB Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2
Sirtec ATX-410-212
Win 7 32 bit Home Premium
Kaspersky antivirus
SiliconPower DDR3 4 GB

I have a rather peculiar problem with my Desktop PC.

The problem appeared a couple of months ago, while I was playing Skyrim.
It started to lag pretty badly, even on the lowest settings. I would have understood if it was lagging from the beginning, probably my pc couldn't handle the game, but the strange thing is that it was working just fine before, no lag, constant fps (above 30 on medium settings), now itís like 15-20 fps.

I think "choppy" is the perfect word to describe my gaming experience for the last months. I mean it's not that "game-breaking" lag that completely ruins your experience but enough to annoy you.

I have this problem with all of my other games too, games that worked perfectly before.

I'm pretty pissed off right now, I've tried dusting my pc, scanning for viruses, updating my Windows, changing my ram, updating my drivers, defragging; I've also tryed replacing my psu with a higher power one, but didn't change anything.

Some symptoms that I thought were important (and weird):

-It does not lag in multiplayer, only in single player.

-Iíve tried pulling out the ram stick and putting it back in and for about 5-10 minutes it worked perfectly but then it started to lag again.

-It starts to lag after some time after the install, in the first couple of minutes it works ok but then it lags every time I run it.

The temperatures are fine, the graphic card does not pass 60* and my cpu stays at around 40-50* (in game).

I would be very grateful if someone could help me.


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04 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

try updating drivers if not try re installing direct x 11
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04 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I did as you suggested but nothing changed.
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05 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
 
 

Hello there,

Here's a suggestion.. have you tried using some monitoring software while you play the game and check for CPU/GPU throttling/underutilization? Your symptoms seem akin to that problem...

Your temperatures are fine, but there might still be some errant CPU/GPU throttling in the background..

Try using GPUz (http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/) to check for GPU downclocking (if present) and also ensure your CPU is not downclocking (with CPUz, http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html) itself while stressing it with a game...

If in doubt try running a stress test program like Furmark and Prime 95 together and see what happens to the clocks..

Good luck!

P.S. Such symptoms could also be traced to a possibly faulty PSU.. try replacing it with another and testing it to rule out that possibility if you have a spare one
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