PC underperforming...

By Zippit ยท 19 replies
Jan 23, 2007
  1. like the title says my pc is underperforming...

    it underperforms on all games, on css i got all the recomeded settings (only i turned of AA and HDR) and still got 30/40 fps just like oblivion, DODS, HL2 and FC I get an low FPS also.

    The things that are no options..
    1. Drivers ( I got the latest )
    2. Spyware ( I check it once everyday with AdAware )
    3. HDD ( I got enough room on my HDD )
    4. Heat ( it doesn't get warmer then 35C / 40C )
    5. Memory ( I got 2gig and only use 60%/70% while ingame )
    6. Powersupply ( yes it has enough watts and amp's )
    7. Defrag ( Done... )
    8. Skins ( None )
    9. cl_maxfps 300 ( Got it )
    10. Bios reseted ( Done it )
    11. Pc is 7 months old


    Graphics card - Nvidia 7900GTx (512MB PCI-e)
    Prossesor - Pentium D930 (3.0 Ghz x2 overclocked to 3.3Ghz)
    MotherBoard - Asus P5LD2 - SE
    Memory - Kingston ValueRam 2048Mb Kit DDR2 CL4 (2 x 1024MB DDR2 PC4200/533Mz)
    HDD - Sata-II Maxtor 250Gig 16mb cach
    PowerSupply - OCZ Modstream 520W ATX/BTX

    can somebody please help me!
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Not much you can do other than try different drivers, newest isn't always best (guru3d.com has all of them) or turn off a bunch of junk you aren't using. See this thread.
  3. Zippit

    Zippit TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i dont have background programms and i always get my drivers from guru3d
  4. Surkitz

    Surkitz TS Rookie Posts: 145

    what i have noticed is that most of those games you play are online multiplayer. that means its not necessarily your system that is slow, but the server which you are connected to, # of players in a map, etc are causing it to be slow. remember the esrb notice on the back of the game boxes? : "gameplay may change once online"
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I doubt that. I'm sure you haven't shut off every unnecessary background service.
  6. Zippit

    Zippit TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the only thinks that i have running are... xfire, steam, my ZoneAlarm, AVG and windows nothing more.. nothing less
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    A bad card then maybe? Try it in another PC to see if the same thing occurs or try and get hold of a 6600/6800 or a 7800 from someone else and see if the same phenomenon repeats itself.
  8. Zippit

    Zippit TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well.. i am the only one with a pc around here so what wont work...
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    If you aren't willing to listen to suggestions then we'll stop trying to help. Here is a final shot at it, rehashing earlier posts.

    There are a lot of background services that get turned on with Windows, you don't need all of those, I asked you to turn them off, you said only xfire, steam, zonealarm, avg were running. You are wrong, lots of services are running unless you explicitly turned them off.

    If you've tried drivers, and have as pristine of install of Windows as you imply there is no logical reason for your fps if you KNOW they should be higher. Are you sure they should be higher? You may be maxing out your CPU.
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Also, have you tried reducing the resolution? Games running on insanely high resolutions will lag, though I don't think it is the problem in ur case. But still, it's worth a shot.
  11. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    Turn it off!

    Zone alarm has got to be the most performance killing program out there. My father in law uses it (and a few of my clients). Every time he boots, as soon as zone alarm (or its bretheren from CA antivirus or "Their" version) is just a complete system killer. I performed a fresh format on his pc and he had a complete boot time of 15 seconds, the next thing is he installed zone alarm, now his time from power on to full logon is about 2 minutes. Be wise and ditch zone alarm and stick with just regular windows defender. It will not only save your performance, but it will also get rid of that useless software.

    PS: I know what many of you are thinking. But what if he gets a virus. If you know how to use a computer well enough, you wont ever get a virus. :approve:
  12. Zippit

    Zippit TS Rookie Topic Starter

    dude... i do ict (dunno what it is in english cause i am dutch) at school and its basicly pc's thats the only thing i do at school... so i know alot about them and i did a benchmark and a css stress test... with and without the backgound programms and it only inproved by 1,5 fps so that is not much of a problem... and yes i know that my fps can be higher my friend has the same pc only a slower CPU (2.8Ghz Pentium D) and a 7900GT graphics card overclocked to match mine... but he gets 150/180 FPS ingame so i know i am underperforming and i know how to install the drivers so that aint a problem either...

    but thanks anyways for the help
  13. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    I just got done purchasing an ATI Radeon X1950 Pro, and im getting FPS (in the game F.E.A.R.) of a max of 162, Average of 60, and minimum of 45. So im happy with my new card. That and im getting a 250 GB HD from a company here in town for 50 bucks new (Seagate barracuda 2).
  14. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    And your point is?....
    Avoid useless posts that do not help in any way. As for Zippit, I would again advise you that it is probably the card that's bad. Get it returned if you can for a new one.
  15. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    I still blame Zone Alarm. Useless program. Try disabling zone alarm completely and see if that helps.
  16. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    I've used zonealarm in the past. Not worth it. If you away from nefarious sites and quit downloading porn and questionable programs, you should be ok. Use mike lin's startup editor to turn off programs from auto-loading. it's freeware
  17. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    That or go to Start>run> and type MSCONFIG. Go to the startup tab and turn off all items that you dont need.
  18. foozy

    foozy TS Rookie Posts: 139

    Xfire, ZoneAlarm, and AVG all slow your performance down considerably. Windows does too but i'm assuming you're not willing to switch to a low-key linux install. Steam as well, but its required for CSS.

    You probably have ten billion other things running that you don't realize are running. Go to your task manager and hit the "processes" tab, then count how many things are being run under your username. I have nine, including music web and two wireless programs I can't kill. I made sure on my gaming machine that it was just the game and explorer.exe, but i've heard you can turn that off too if you really want.

    Also, count the total number of processes, I don't know what the normal number is but a ballpark of 20-25 would probably be minimal for windows. You also really shouldn't need an antivirus or antispyware as long as you're avoiding actions that put your system at risk (ie porn).
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +38

    Not using antivirus software is complete idiocy so please do not suggest it. Viruses do not infect PCs only if u go to porn sites and the like. Know your information before suggesting anything.
  20. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    I would say at least yahoo toolbar and windows defender. Anything but zone alarm
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