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0R30

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#1 13 years ago

My Pcs gettin on abit and the fps on FH is a bit jumpy, i recon i need either more ram or a better processor(the cheapest pref), but should i update my grafix card instead/before?

funds are low so if one had to be updated plz reply

1.8 AMD Athlon XP processor 768MB of RAM (two differnet sticks stuck in) 64MB DDR Ram Geforce4 MX 440 (overclocked but stil sh#te)

i recon if i get a better grafix card the Ram on it will help smooth out the game with my 768MB stardard Ram, + increase the overall look (so the texture pack would actually look decent on mine) would this be right in thinking??

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StrangerThanFiction

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#2 13 years ago

The video card definitely looks like the weakest link in that chain.




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#3 13 years ago
0R30;3245174 1.8 AMD Athlon XP processor 768MB of RAM (two differnet sticks stuck in) 64MB DDR Ram Geforce4 MX 440 (overclocked but stil sh#te)

I'd get a new videocard if I were you, preferably a 7600 or X1600 if your low on money, and anything higher if you have the cash to spend. ( just be sure to check what kind of vga card you can stick inside your motherboard, because from the looks of your old videocard, I figure you don't have PCI-E )

For the ram I think 1Gb should be sufficient to have smooth gameplay, but stick an extra 1 Gb in and you won't have to wait 4 a 5 minutes for the maps to load either ( based upon Battlefield 2 ).

The cpu is good enough, as far as I know, Socket A are known to be good and stable when overclocking so you could try that as well.




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#4 13 years ago

A graphics card but not too large as you will bottleneck it with your processor. Bet your motherboard's FSB speed is not so hot as well. Save your money for a new quad processor CPU coming soon (2007) at a neighborhood store near you... :)




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#5 13 years ago

Battlefield is a right fillrate hog - video card all the way. BF2 isnt THAT much different either, cpu tends to come in far more on the large servers or lots of bots active.




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#6 13 years ago

Sound card is a huge killer for BF as well. If you don't have a decent sound card your performance will suck.




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#7 13 years ago

good point! i likes the channels if you can spare them ;)




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#8 13 years ago

My first recommendation is to buy a new system because its old enough you may start having problems soon. We are starting to see alot of PC's at work of this type and age (AMD Socket A and Intel Socket 478) that are starting to have hard drive controller failures and motherrboards and CPU's dying.

Defiantely first choice is upgrade video card, it does most of the work in games. Since your already over 512MB of RAM I would not bother upgrading as much.

I can tell you I saw a noticeable difference in frame rates going from on board high definition sound to a Soundblaster Audigy 2.

If you buy a new system please only buy AMD's socket AM2 or Intel's 775 but avoid the current 965 chipset mobo's. Getting lots of bad reviews on them.

If you buy AM2 it uses DDR3 so you will need new RAM but dont get low speed DDR2. Get DDR2 800 at minimum. The lower speed RAM has higher latency which slows your system down. If the mobo will support it DDR2 1066 would be excellent.

Also shop around, I am buying a Intel P4 3.4GHz mobo, CPU, and 2 GB RAM for my brother because the turd wont run anything but Intel and ATI. I can get the combo for $250 from a guy I wrk with. Just have to build rest of the system.




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#9 13 years ago

:( I wrote a ton and then somehow lost it all..... here is the short version.

*A decent vid card should solve your performance issues. *Soundcard could be big help if you have onboard sound unloading all of its work onto your cpu. Dissable sounds and see if it helps, if it does buy a soundcard. *Upgrading that machine is short term solution. You need a new rig, but there is no point in getting one before FH2 :naughty: save your monies for after its released!!! *listen to Anlushac when buying new PC, 2 gigs of best ram you can afford plz. *lol @ quad core (would have no impact on any game of the next 3 years)

Anlushac11;3246300 Also shop around, I am buying a Intel P4 3.4GHz mobo, CPU, and 2 GB RAM for my brother because the turd wont run anything but Intel and ATI.

lol had to laugh, AMD now owns ATI. (literally)




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#10 13 years ago
Anlushac11;3246300Also shop around, I am buying a Intel P4 3.4GHz mobo, CPU, and 2 GB RAM for my brother because the turd wont run anything but Intel and ATI. I can get the combo for $250 from a guy I wrk with. Just have to build rest of the system.

I wish I could get computer parts that cheap :eek:. With $250 (about 200€) I could barely get 2 GB DDR, not to mention high frequency DDR2s. A mobo+CPU+memory combination here could easily cost $600; not too many years ago you could buy memory sticks like nothing. Somebody should do something about the memory prices going about erratically, it's been like this for years :mad:[/rant]

Back on topic, I think either a new system or if funds are really low, a "new" graphics card (nothing too fancy, a Radeon 9800 Pro will do) and maybe a third memory stick of 256/512MB will keep the system going even with BF2 engine (vanilla at least.. and low settings). Problems may occur with ~64 players on FH2, as the CPU becomes a bottleneck.