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Problems with a computer I (kind of) built.

by bobthebadger53 / May 19, 2015 2:25 PM PDT

I built a computer with some friends several months ago. That said, I don't know much about computers so they did most of the work.

Recently I've had problems when playing games on my computer, even though it should (and used to) be able to run them perfectly fine. I first noticed this issue while playing Dota 2. I experienced noticeable frame rate drops, sometimes dropping down to 15 fps instead of what I was used to, a constant 120.

At first I thought it might just be a problem in Dota, but I tried playing Far Cry 3 and CS:GO, and they did not run well. I'm not sure how to describe it, but when I moved the mouse around, the screen would kind of blur and stutter.

I also noticed that, if I looked in Task Manager while playing Dota (which I play much more often than the other two), the CPU usage would sometimes rise to levels I hadn't seen before. I'm talking 75-100%. This does not seem right.

Finally, in OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), red text pops up telling me that my settings are too high for my computer. Before, no such text was there and I was able to stream on Twitch. When I tried recently, I had major fps problems.

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What caused my computer to go from a steady 120 fps to an unstable, spiking fps and an inability to stream in good quality?

P.S. Here are my specs.

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4440 CPU @ 3.10GHz Manufacturer Intel Speed 3.1 GHz Number of Cores 4
Video Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Manufacturer NVIDIA Chipset GeForce GTX 760 Dedicated Memory 2.1 GB Total Memory 3.9 GB

Memory 8.1 GB

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition Service Pack 1 (build 7601), 64-bit Service Pack 1 Size 64 Bit Edition Home Premium

Display Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080



Drive Size 931.4 GB Free 764.1 GB

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Clarification Request
(NT) So why not dump OBS while gaming?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2015 2:38 PM PDT
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by bobthebadger53 / May 20, 2015 10:49 AM PDT

I have not been using OBS since these problems started because it makes games run even worse than without it. However, I was previously able to stream without problems so something is definitely different.

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All it takes is one thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2015 11:03 AM PDT
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There are not enough clues to write what it is here. Common issues are owners that ask what canned air is, malware and folk that accept drivers from Microsoft.

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Until some clues show up.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2015 11:36 AM PDT
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