Low Framerates!


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Hello, my name is Ethan. I just recently bought a new computer... The specs are:
8 gigs of ram
AMD FX(tm)-4100 Quad-core processor (3.6GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
and a 1 terabyte hardrive....

I got this computer about 2 months ago... When I first got it, the computer could run World of Warcraft at 20+ frames per second on lowest settings... Recently, I have began to play again, and my frames are 8-10 no matter what the Video Settings are set to. Any ideas on how I can fix this?



Daemon Poster
That FPS is terrible. Could you post your specs in detail? What else are you doing when you are running WoW? And are you running at 64-bit or 32-bit?


In Runtime
Well, I can see from the looks of it your GPU is not a gaming one but one more designed for other media. I've not looked at the particular card, but judging from the name info you gave, it looks like a card not designed for gaming.

I had the same problem when I bought a GT 430 and it was utterly shite, because it simply wasn't a gaming card, unbeknownst to me, although I should've researched it, TBH.


Just looked it up, and my suspicions were half-correct; appears to be a very low-end gaming card. You'll want to upgrade your GPU! It's worth it. :) Your CPU is kick-ass, though; same as mine. ;) Meanwhile, make sure you're using the latest GPU drivers, and if that still is giving terrible performance, then give an older driver a go; sometimes trial and error with drivers can reveal performance boosts.


OK, just thinking that 8-10FPS when it was substantially faster, is atrocious and unusual, so the only thing that comes to mind is a GPU update (from Automatic Updates, for example) has enabled some new fancy features and thus slowed you down; I had this problem with the GT 430 I mentioned, although that was just crap for games, period. You can give OCing the GPU a go, but I'm not sure if that'll yield much improvement. Has WoW been updated since you were getting 20FPS? Reason I ask, is because they might've improved various graphic features. That's me out of ideas, ATM.


OK, thought I'd recommend a card... if you're absolutely restricted by cash, then my brother recently got a card that has blown me away; it's pretty damn good and cheap considering what he gets.. it's the Radeon HD5750; I'd say it's mid-rangeish card. If you're looking for something with a little more oomph, there's what I've got, the PNY 550Ti which is £100 on Amazon (give or take a few quid) which nails most games on max. If you're looking to go a step further, there's the MSI Twin Frozr II 560Ti OC. Finally, if you're looking to get something supreme without going overboard, there's the 570/580 which I hear is pretty "legit". I'm more knowledgeable on nVidia cards, hence the lack of AMD mentioned. ;)