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Lag spikes on Gtx 550 Ti + low fps

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  1. polo2340

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    My problem is that certain games that seem to require a lot of processing power like crysis (btw, crysis 2 runs fine?!?!), arma 2, blacklight retribution, etc. run at low fps. The thing is, my system specs are a little sketchy. I have a semi-high-end video card, but also a weak processor:

    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 215 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti, 1024 Mb

    Obviously, not every game should run at 60 fps maxed out settings with these specs. The thing is, while playing arma 2 for example, I never get above 30 fps and it's almost always around 20-22. I've heard that it's a poorly optimized game and requires a high end processor, so maybe that's just the problem (trying to narrow things down where I can). When I play blacklight, I'll sometimes get 50 fps solid, but depending where I'm looking sometimes it drops to 30-35. So basically games that do tend to lag, only really run a low fps depending what is going on in the game. So what's the bottleneck here? Is that most likely just my processor? Am I just going to have to deal with frequent low fps unless I get a new processor? Hopefully this isn't too silly of a question. Any help would be appreciated.

    Oh and 1 more thing, some games I have the RECOMMENDED requirements for according to this tool
    http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/cyri/intro.aspx
    Maybe I just need to clean dust from the inside of my PC?
     
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    Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 215 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 6 Stepping 2
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 3070 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti, 1024 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 465671 MB, Free - 248087 MB; D: Total - 11165 MB, Free - 2064 MB;
    Motherboard: PEGATRON CORPORATION, NARRA5
    Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated and Enabled
     
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    What is the model # of your HP desktop?
     
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    Cq5210f
     
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    You have a 250 watt PSU, unless you have changed it. It's not enought to run that GPU with much of a load, and may even damage the card if you keep running it.
     
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    I figured it was in the specs lol, I actually did upgrade it to a corsair 430 watt. I feel like I already know the answer to my question, which is that I just need a new processor to get better performance. The thing I have a problem with is that some games that should be running "fast" according to the CAN I RUN IT tool are the games that I'm having lag issues with. Sorry if my question seemed pointless at first, hopefully it makes more sense now.
     
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    Corsair model # ??
     
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    corsair builder series cx430 v2
     
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    OK, that barely covers it but it does. We don't recommend the Builders Series for gaming computers.
    Your CPU is probably holding you back.
     
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    I can only really upgrade one or the other, if that. I'm guessing it would be best to worry about the CPU first?
     
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    alright, thanks
     
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