Six months ago my normal FPS was ~35-60. It was nice. I paid it no attention. It worked and that was all I needed. Somewhere between there and here my FPS took a dump. It’s been ok.. ~20′s but nothing fantastic. I want fantastic.
On Sunday my computer started acting weird. I was getting 5-10 sec lag in Shatt from just standing around.. but when I played a lowbie out in the field I had no problems. I didn’t think a lot of it.. my computer had been left on for a few days.. I figured rebooting would take care of it.
Monday we go and run Kara. I’m still having weird lag. When it lags all of my sounds would loop and stutter for a while. So I tried turning all sound off. Same problem. It made healing on the Nightbane fight very tense when I’d lag out at any time. Eventually I figured out that the massive lag spike happened while lots of spell effect were going off.. oh ho.. that pointed to graphics card problems. I will say that healing Curator while facing a wall is.. well it’s kinda boring. But it did stop the lagging.
I limped through the night in Kara and did OK up until Shade of Aran. There’s too much movement/spell effects and it totally lagged me out. I started checking and the system said the card was fine, not overheated.. but definately something was going on. I popped out the video card and found that 3 of the transistor thingies on the video card had blown up. That seemed.. -bad-. Probably the reason for the lag.
So Tuesday fiancee went to the store and got me a new (bigger better) video card. It’s nice.. I’m back to where I was before the lagging started.. but I’m also back at ~25 fps. That seems .. well it seems really low. (I know at this point all the computer nerds are wondering what hardware I have.. but frankly I don’t know. I’ll update this with that list tonight).
I run a lot of addons. I decided maybe all the addons were screwing with my FPS. So I logged out, moved my Addons folder and logged back into to a totally nude game. It changed my fps from 20-22. I was not impressed. So I put my addons back on.
I dialed all of my in-game video settings down to their lowest setting. It changed my fps from 19-25. Still, not impressed.
I’m not sure what to try now. At this point the difference between the lowest graphics settings and the top graphics settings is about 8-10 fps. Something is wrong.. but I can’t put my finger on it.
[Edited to add:]
Win XP SP2
AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3700+ 2.21 GHz,
2.00 GB of RAM
NVidia GeForce 8500 GT 1gb DDR2