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I just recently built my first gaming PC, and have been noticing some nasty framerates while testing it out. In GTA V my frame rate goes from 40-60 (even dropping to the 30s in some areas), on just the default settings (very high), when many benchmarks claim that my GPU should be able to run the game on ultra with a constant of 60fps. 

I'm a complete novice when it comes to modern PC gaming, so perhaps there is something I missed or didn't do? I made sure to do a clean install of the GPU's drivers with DDU. I can't imagine my CPU would be bottle-necking it, as most sites list it as going far beyond the recommended specs for all my games. Perhaps it's something on the physical side?

My Specs:
Processor: Intel i7 4770 3.4ghz (no overclocking)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97 EXTREME4 ATX LGA1150
Powersupply: SeaSonic Platinum 860W 80+ Platinum
Ram: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133
OS: Windows 8 (updates disabled, so not 8.1)
Monitor: 1920x1080 60Htz

I've also noticed that shadows in most of the games with good lighting have been looking a little strange; they flicker and look very pixelated. Not all games, but this occurs in Ark, Skyrim/MineCraft with lighting mods, and GTA V (though it seems to look fine during the morning in game in GTA's case). 

I've tried running MSI Afterburner and the only thing that looks off to me is that the "power" never goes above 75%. So I'm thinking perhaps there is something wrong with the PSU, or cable supplying enough power. But I'm not sure. My CPU is doing great, however, staying around 30% in games like Witcher 3, so I'm sure it's not bottle necking. I've tried just about everything; turning on max performance mode, reinstalling drives, reseating the GPU, making sure tempetures are low, etc. Only thing I haven't tried is overclocking, but the benchmark's I've seen are without OC. 

Or is my ram and CPU really just not good enough to get stable 60 frames in Witcher III, GTA V, ARK (on high)? I've been growing restless from researching this for a week. 

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I had the same problem with my PC i built initially.  First it was not using all 16 gigs of ram (one of the ports on the MOBO for the RAM was bad), then it was the graphics card.  Basically it was NOT using the dedicated graphics card, which was causing it as the integrated just could not handle it.


Now it seems like you have checked a couple of these, but i would verify the following:

1) is the graphics card being utilized?

2) can you run a graphics card test on it, from the manufacture and see how it performs?

3) RAM test via Windows Memory Diagnostic (search from the start menu).  let it run at a reboot, and see what the results say.  It SHOULD pop up at a reboot, but if it doesnt, search Event Viewer -> open it, Windows Logs > System > click find on the right hand side, and search for "MemoryDiagnostic"  the box should say "The Windows Memory Diagnostic tested the ccomputer' memory and detected no errors.  now that i think about it, just go here and follow these instructions, try both to be sure that there are no errors:  http://www.howtogeek.com/260813/how-to-test-your-computers-ram-for-problems/



It is POSSIBLE that the RAM is partly to blame, as DDR3 is slightly outdated, but im thinking not. 16 gigs is plenty for all you seem to be using it for (I play Skyrim at high settings, though i do turn the lighting up since i hate not being able to see at night, haha)

CPU does not seem to be an issue either, 860W should be more than enough for your usages.

I am using an i5 midgrade, and so i am doubting it is the processor, especially if it is passing the stress tests.

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