Here is a little story: :bang: I wanted a new video card so I could play Crysis on High(not very high), I had 2 8600 GTS in SLI, that got me medium settings. So I got a 9800 GTX+. But before I got it, my motherboard fried. So I got a new motherboard(780i AM2+). I thought that would go nice with my video card. So I get the motherboard and video card. I install the motherboard, but not the video card. It seemed that I didn't have to 6-pin connectors, so I used my old video cards. I played crysis, no improvement, and over the day it seemed to get worse. Now that i think of it, i was noticing that it wasn't as good as on the old mobo. Anyway, i figured out I had 6-pin connectors and barely put my new video card in the second of 3 pcie slots. I barely noticed any performance gain when playing crysis. So then i decide to put my video card in the first slot, instead of the second, because the second was pciex8 2.0. I thought that would surely fix this ****. Well, it didn't. Next I use driver sweeper and clean everything and redo all drivers. BTW, at some point I installed RivaTuner to mess with the fan if necessary. Some days when I would log in, i would discover my fan on direct control instead of auto. This is incredibly problematic. I uninstalled and cleaned drivers and ****, but when i logged onto play one day, i noticed graphical anomalies that occur from overheating. I immediately downloaded RivaTuner and turned the fan on auto. Now, sometimes when I log on I have to do this, other times it boots at auto. With all drivers redone, I saw no performance increase. I then started looking at the bios and saw that my 2 gigs of dd42 800 were at 533. I turned on a option called AM2 Boost in the bios. I logged on and saw my cpu was overclocking nicely. I rebooted to check bios and saw that my ddr2 was at 800. I played crysis, and saw no real big performance increase. Remember, this is on MEDIUM graphic. So I had already posted here about my card and someone suggested bottlenecking. This was suggested by many different sources. My CPU is an AMD2 64x2 5000 series. I guess I would expect it to bottleneck my card a little bit, but my card is performing at half. Anyway, I decided to get more RAM instead of an expensive CPU. I noticed when playing games, my RAM was very low, so thought this may be a minute factor. My new ram comes and i had a lot of trouble getting it at ddr2 800. I still saw no performance increase in crysis. Anyway, I get CPU-Z to check CPU and RAM clocks. I notice that when I boot up, my RAM clocks are sometimes 5-5-5-15 or 5-4-4-10. (BTW, I still have the issue with GPU fan and rivatuner). Here comes the weird part, I just recently started noticing that when my clocks are up (5-4-4-10), my FAN IS ON DIRECT CONTROL IN RIVA TUNER. And when i boot up and my ram is at 5-5-5-15, my fan is on auto. HOW THE HELL DOES THAT WORK? WHAT correlation exists that when my ram is fast, my driver doesn't start my fan on auto; and that when my ram is a bit slow and stable, my driver starts the fan on auto!? This is ****ing wierd. I CAN"T PLAY BIG MAPS IN CRYSIS ON EVEN ****ING MEDIUM SETTINGS! I can't play small maps on high. There is no AA in any of these. I can't even dream of being able to use AA. But back to the RAM clocks apparently affecting my GPU fan!? I can't stand this. I shouldn't ever get below 150 fps on cod4, especially with aa only on x2! and yet it happens. Last resort, reinstall windows, for the millionth time of done on this rig. tHIS IS on LOW settings 35 if i'm standing dead still. The fps barely changes from medium to low for me. Don't bother me about my resolution, its 1440x900. I know the higher resolution has an effect, but not this big, same iwht bottlenecking.