It's not just the pirated copies; my legit copy runs terrible. I have a very modest rig but can still run the other CODs @ 1080p with most of the eye candy turned on. In the case of Black Ops it's barely playable @ 720p with everything set as low as possible and eye candy turned off. I was noticing as I went through this thread that most people who weren't having issues have newer quad core processors, maybe that's my issue. I'm curious to know if anyone with a C2D or dual core AMD has been running the game without issues right out of the box.