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  1. I like to play games with maxed out graphics settings and decent framerates. Unfortunately, shit's complicated and even with a decent system, certain settings or configurations will make everything slow down to a crawl. I have found it somewhat difficult to find solutions to some of the specific graphical/performance issues I have come across in various games and I figure having a thread where people can get advice from the excellent community here on specific issues they are having is appropriate. Rules: If asking for help, preface your post by listing your processor, RAM, and graphic card specs. Name the game(s) you are having issues with and the graphics settings and resolution. Be as specific as you can about the issue(s) you are experiencing and how/when they occur. I'll start. Specs: Processor - AMD Phenom II Hex Core RAM - 8GB Graphic Card - GTX 580 w/ 1.5GB GDDR5 Game: Dragon Age Origins Graphics Settings: All settings maxed with 1920 X 1080 resolution Details: Generally speaking, this game runs pretty smooth and typically runs at 60 FPS or higher. However, if I enter an area with a lot of foliage or an unobstructed view of stuff in the distance, my frame rate plummets to around 25 FPS. Still totally playable but kind of annoying. I recall having similar issues with other Bioware games like The Old Republic and I seem to remember needing to tweak some setting in the NVidia control panel that caused some kind of conflict with some of the in-game settings. But so far I haven't had any luck after messing around with those settings again for this game. Considering the card and processor I have were released a couple years after DA:O was released and were at the upper end of the spectrum at the time, I would expect that I should be able to run this game maxed out without my system breaking a sweat. Has anyone else experienced similar issues with this or other Bioware games or have any advice on potential causes for framerate drops under these circumstances? I've done most of the obvious stuff at this point like making sure my PC power consumption is set to 'High Performance' and that where possible, the settings in Nvidia control panel are set to use the in-game graphics settings.