I am really confused; my rig used to be able to play many games on max settings, but now I get regular FPS drops on many of those same games even on lowest settings. My specs are in pic related. Does /v/ have any idea what might be the issue?
As an example, playing Alien Isolation on even minimum settings gives me regular FPS drops down to 1 or 2 FPS, whereas just a few months back I'd have no problem running near to max settings and getting a stable 50-60fps.
Assuming those temps are correct, you're definitely overheating. Clean your shit you mongoloid. Dust buildup has a significant effect on your rig's ability to dissipate heat. The fact that games are dropping to 1-2fps occasionally but otherwise run fine further confirms that your rig is going into thermal throttling.
1. Clean that bastard with compressed air now. Seriously, got to any office store or bigass retailer and get a can and clean that thing. Those temps are awful.
2. Your CPU is has pretty weak performance by today's standards. The 955 is often the minimum for games coming out nowadays. If you have an AM3 board you can grab a new CPU and be fine. If you're on AM2+ I feel bad for you son. It's just outdated.
3. Run CCleaner and make sure you don't have shitware running in the background
Yes that's wrong. Idling should be sub-50 unless you don't have air conditioning or you have shit tier heat sinks, fans, and airflow. My rig idles at like 33°C both CPU and GPU, only hits 50/70 at load.
Definitely clear of shitware, but dust may be the case.
Do you think I should look into getting a new CPU, then? I was under the impression that it was the GPU that was in need of an upgrade.
CPU's haven't advanced much in recent years so games aren't that much more CPU demanding. However, that CPU is stretching it now, more so than your GPU. I'd get a new CPU first. Probably cheaper too. Like another anon said though, if you have an AM2 socket motherboard you'll have to upgrade that too for a new CPU. Recommend FX-8300 if you want to stay with AMD.
If it's AM3 then definitely stick with what you've got and just get a newer CPU. Check on socket compatibility though, can't remember if AMD went full retard and did some kind of AM3+ thing like they did with AM2/AM2+.
Definitely some throttling going on, that's way too hot. Your computer is either too close to something pushing out a lot of heat, it's dirty as fuck and needs to be cleaned out, or a fan somewhere has failed.
>mfw I have an i5-4690S, a low TDP variant, something like 65w
>mfw I have a Hyper 212 Evo on it for no goddamn reason
It's too hot. Way too hot. Are one of your fans broken? You could also invest in an after market heat sink for your CPU. they are like 10 bucks and will lower the temperature a shit ton.
Computers also just slow down as they get older. Drivers start conflicting, windows get bloated, hardware starts failing. Completely formatting and doing a fresh install may help.
>Overclock to 4.0Ghz without even having to change voltage
>24 hours of prime 95 puts me at peak 55 degrees celsius
So glad I didn't buy into the Liquid Cooling meme.
You run prime95 and walk away from your computer. It puts your computer at peak for that time. You're supposed to do that after overclocking to make sure it's stable. How fucking new are you?