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Howdy Technology Cavern, I have some stupid technology that requires some collective knowledge. Up until about a month and a half ago, my system has been able to eat almost every game I threw at it with most settings turned up high, and AA/Filtering at moderate enough settings. Then, around the time the TF2 golden wrench update came out, TF2 began running noticeably slower. Now, I tried working with Valve's tech team to fix the issue but after a month and a half of putting up with their shit, I think I'm done bothering with that.
After doing a bunch of fixes, tests and even reformatting the computer, the issues still persist. TF2 runs at 90-130FPS when in a safe room unless there's the entire team in there, then it starts to choke. If I get into a gunfight with more than just one other person, I will automatically lose because I drop frames like crazy and end up down in the 20's. Left 4 Dead 2 maintains at least 60 until I fire a weapon, then it dips to 40, then if the flashlight is on, it dips to 20. The Kane and Lynch 2 demo runs at a shittacular 30FPS at best. Alien Swarm requires me to run everything at medium to get 60FPS half of the time, but for bigger firefights my system still chokes. Even older games like Killing Floor are losing frames, and a lowly little game like Torchlight still can barely hold itself together with a few effects going on on-screen. Today when I ran the Mafia II demo at a 20FPS average, and a pal mentioned that he maintained far above that with a similar card, I decided I should look for some outside help.
My specs are as follows:
Intel Core 2 Quad @2.33GHz
BGF Tech 8800 GTX 768MB
Vista Home Premium 64bit.
I took some GPU-Z shots of the system in different states:
This is while not running any games.
This is when running TF2 at my normal settings in a server with 5 other people. I was still dipping down low then.
I see no visual artifacts, or system instability. Games just run like butt, and I can't figure it out. Help a brother out! I'd love to be able to get my game back on again.