Should I upgrade my Graphics Card?

May 29, 2019 10:47PM PDT

I'm experiencing fps drops in a certain game, fortnite to be exact.
I have a decent rig. When I play, I set my refresh rate to 144hz, and set fortnite to high priority from the task manager. I added fortnite to the Nvidia control panel, and I my ingame settings are low-medium. All my drivers are updated.
I have 4 fans (2 additional).
I notice the fps drops when I get close to an enemy, that's for the most part. Random drops do occur.
I also notice the ping spikes a little when the fps drops.
Here's my rig:

I Appreciate the help!

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Re: upgrade
May 30, 2019 12:33AM PDT

What's your current graphic card? And what the other characteristics of your machine (CPU, RAM, disk)?

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May 30, 2019 12:48AM PDT

Please refer to the link I provided in the description. It has all the specs of my rig.

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Since FPS drops with ping.
May 30, 2019 11:39AM PDT

It doesn't sound like a GPU limitation. Also since GPU load does increase with what's going on "on screen" that's not a bug either.

Most folk either upgrade or seek to understand how games work on consoles and PCs. Some never want to know but want it fixed. The PING drop is not usually fixable except to get a better ISP or not share your Internet connection.

The 144Hz does demand more from the GPU so while it won't fix the ping effect you may want to think about the RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 GPU. does show Fortnite results but to be sure to remove the GPU from the limitations you may have to go to the 2070 or 2080.

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PS. Another item
May 30, 2019 11:42AM PDT

Seagate drives often show odd issues with hard to nail random delays even if the game is not on that drive. To find out if this drive has that issue I go get SPECCY and look at the 01 and 07 SMART values. If they are in the thousands the drive is not allowed on a gamer's rig. It's just not done.

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