I am not sure whats happening with my computer. It seemed to me no matter what settings I put the game on, highest or lowest, I was getting the same FPS everywhere I went (between 20-25FPS, so enough to chop a bit, but not enough to be unable to play). I downloaded fraps to test this, and sure enough no matter what setting I put it on I was getting constantly between 18-22 FPS in busy areas (like camp bearded rock, and in LL) and between 20-25 FPS away from the camps. I tested this with Anti aliasing on both 8QAA, 4xAA, 2xAA,and no AA. With Shadows, textures, and texture filters on all settings and im getting the same FPS every time (both windowed and full screen at 1600x900 and 1280x720). What could it be? I really would like to have a constant FPS of 30+ to play this game. Im getting a bit frustrated. I'll put my computer specs below.
AMD Phenom II x4 955 @ 3.2Ghz
ATI Radeon HD 4870 (clocked to 800Mhz GPU, 1100Mhz VRAM)
4GB DDR2 PC6400 Ram
Seagate ST3100528AS; 32MB Cache; 1TB Capacity
Windows 64-Bit Vista Home Premium
550 Watt power supply
I'm thinking it either has to have something to do with the slower RAM, or maybe this game just doesn't like Vista. The CPU and GPU are only at about 60% activity, so I don't think it is an issue with those, and the hard drive is literally 2 days old (I thought that it might have been my old hard drive (5 years) not keeping up, so I upgraded) so I don't think it is that either. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks, I appreciate it!