I was wondering if anyone has any insight into my problem, bear with me because Im not sure what info is going to be relevant so this may be a lil longwinded.
I revently moved from the US to the UK and brought my PC with me. Well, did you know UK electricity is different than US electricity? Me neither! So I plugged my PC in...oops.
So, after replacing the power supply and buying a new power cord I got up and running. Well I play MMO's and I could always only play on very low settings (terrible, old Gateway PC with terrible cheap PCI card) but I noticed a slight stuttering, both in my game and my wifes offline game. I never had this stuttering in the US but it was only slight and I thought it was my nasty graphics card so when the wife went back to the US for a visit I decided to upgrade.
Bought the new card (nVidia 8400GS) installed and logged into my game. I let the game detect optimal settings and it came back Very High. Sweet.
This is where the problems really start.
I couldn't move. Very, very choppy. Very stuttery. I thought ok well, maybe v.high settings is just not for me. So put them to v.low. But the choppy stayed. I zoned into an instance and it went away 99%. I put the graphics back to very high and there is almost zero stuttering. The moment Im in an area where I can see the landscape, where it's 'open air' I stutter terribly. So this sounds like graphics issue I thought, but then why even with the most intense battles/fights going on will there be zero stuttering inside an instance on very high?
Another thing that makes me think its not graphics is this. If I'm watching a video on Youtube and mouse over links, just glide over them with the cursor, the video will stutter. The same with flash commercials on Yahoo! page, mouse over links and they stutter. And why do offline games 'lag'?
I've tried shutting down all unnecessary processess, I've made sure all drivers are up to date, I know there is a proble with ATI cards and sound hardware, doesnt help. Ive tried limiting the FPS in my game, doesnt help.
So hopefully you followed that and you can go 'aha! I know what his problem is!'
Get a new computer, I know, I know...Asus Revolution, I7-975 with 24gig ram and two GTX 295's are on the wishlist, so if you could just help me out until then it would be very much appreciated.
Thank you in advance,