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Why can't I run games in high settings?

Built this beast a few years ago:

AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 8-Core 3.6GHz
EVGA GTX 970 (This is a new GPU, couple months old)
Gigabyte 970A-UD3 Motherboard
8 GB (RAM)
840 EVO SSD (250 GB)(Also new, as explained below)
770W PSU

So for awhile now it's been slow. Upgraded to a 970 and it didn't do a whole lot. But then this week I WIPED my computer completely now I'm using an SSD for games and my OS. The computer runs amazing now in everything EXCEPT games... I have to play in low settings (like BF4, Skyrim, The Forest). It's smooth in low settings but if I bump up the graphics at all I get extreme FPS spikes and it's unplayable.

CPU benchmarks:

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newly loaded system

In reply to: Why can't I run games in high settings?

"But then this week I WIPED my computer completely...."

And did you load the drivers back for the motherboard chips AND the video card?

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Folks are writing that a lot now.

In reply to: Why can't I run games in high settings?

But since I can't find your exact 970 I can't tell if there's something there or if you are trying beyond 1080p

As to FPS spikes, that's been around for over a decade. There is no known PC that doesn't get them.

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Replyingwith details about GPU and such

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EVGA 04G-P4-2974-KR GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 SLI Support Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card

It's not really spikes it's more like a constant 1-15 fps... unplayable. I'm not going beyond 1080p. I just can't play with settings like anti-aliasing, render distance, texture, blah blah blah.

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Which is a complaint on many games

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The Witcher 3 for example will turn in 15 ish frame rates unless such settings are tuned down or off.

Hit the forum that is specific to the game for optimization tips.

You're finding out why some gamers head back to consoles. At least there everyone gets the same performance and a game is beat into shape for the console rather than the free for all you see in PC gaming.

Look around and you see your complaint is common, not going away.

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