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Sleepy01

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#1 10 years ago

Hi im Chris im new to the forums and have a couple of questions. Ive built a new computer i Bought a geforce 8500GT 512MB Graphics card for it and there is a few places in unreal tournament 3 that it skips in. I have 1.5 GB of Ram At the moment. I Just ordered from newegg.com 4 GB of DDR2 800. Will the 4GB of Ram fix the small areas where it skips or is it the graphics card? I got the graphics card for a good price i was wanting to go with the 8800Gt or bigger but that didnt happen lol

Heres the specs on the card 450mhz Core Clock 512MB DDR2 Memory 128-bit Memory Interface 800Mhz Memory Data Rate (effective) Dual VGA Output HDTV/S-Video Output HDCP Capable Dual 400MHz RamDacs




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#2 10 years ago

I can most likely say it will. I'm not the best at the computers. I'd ask someone more that deals with it.

But from what you said, i'd say yea it would.




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#3 10 years ago

It's your video card. The 8500GT is not great for newer games like UT3 (or Crysis, Bioshock, CoD4, etc), it's an entry level type of video card. The ram will help perhaps in loading the game a bit faster, but it won't help with the skipping or frame-rates while you are playing. The 1.5gb of ram you already had was sufficient.

Your best bet to improve frame-rates (no skipping) is to ensure "AA" is turned off, play at a lower resolution, and reduce other graphics settings as needed. You also may be able to overclock the video card a bit, which should help, but I wouldn't expect any miracles.

Too bad you didn't end up getting the 8800GT like you considered. UT3 would run really good with that card.

btw - Welcome to the forums! :)

{edit} - I just noticed your other PC in your sig has a GF7800 (GS I presume). That is a much better card than your 8500GT. Might be worth trying in your new rig if it's the right type of card for your new motherboard. (AGP or PCI-E)




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#4 10 years ago

UT3 is not the most efficient game of the new high tech ones. However you can turn off certain post processing effects to considerably smooth things out. IMO their PP effects look horrid anyway.




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#5 10 years ago

I really appreciate ya'lls advice:) Im glad i found a forum that responds quickly. I figured it was the graphics card cuz my other pc runs it smooth without a dual core processor its HT though. The graphics card in my other computer is a agp 7800gs oc i luv it ive noticed it does work better in most cases. This new computer has a Pci express slot so it wont fit :( but i will most likely get another graphics card prob a 8800GT i cant stand skippin lol i gotta have the graphics :D it runs wow great though so i can save some money up a lil bit




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#6 10 years ago

If you're up to it (and your cooling system is good enough), you could try to overclock your 8500GT, although the 8800GT would have been the better choice at first.

There is a tool called RivaTuner that makes graphics card overclocking very easy. I have an 8800GT that was 600MHz stock, now running at 720MHz, and with the stock cooling system. I warn you though, if anything goes wrong, the manufacturer's warranty might be voided if they find out you overclocked it. Do this at your own risk. If you're going to overclock, do it in small increments.

If you're planning on getting the 8800GT soon, then I'd say go for overclocking the 8500GT unless you plan on reselling it. If you have nothing to lose, you might as well see what you can squeeze out of it. Once you have the 8800GT I'll be able to help you more; it's the card I have. Definitely get the 512MB model.




Sleepy01

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#7 10 years ago

Yeah i have tryed to overclock it once it doesnt care for that to much lol but im lookin at a 8800gt or 9800gt 512mb but once i get a new one ill over clock it with a better cooling system and see how she goes :)