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#1 11 years ago

Hello all, I'm looking to buy a new computer system soon to play games on, and I was wondering what is most important in achieving a consistently high frame rate (minimum of 80 fps or so). Is it a combination of your moniter's refresh rate and your video card's frame rate, or does the amount of RAM you have come into it? Are there other factors involved? I'd just like to know so I buy something I'm gonna be happy with. Thanks.




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#2 11 years ago

Umm.. Isn't 80 FPS it quite high for most games? Like, impossibly high?




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#3 11 years ago

I think he's getting confused.

Firstly, to clear something up:

1. Graphics cards do not have a frame rate. 2. The frame rate is completely independant of the monitor refresh rate. They are not completely independent of each other, but on this level it doesn't matter. If you have an LCD monitor it won't even have a refresh rate.

The frame rate you get depends on the power of your system and how power hungry the game is. I can play a game from, say, 2000 and get well over 300 FPS because it was designed to be played on hardware that is now pretty much obsolete and my system is far, far more powerful than anything that was around then. If I play a modern game such as Battlefield 2142 I get a far lower FPS.

30FPS is considered the 'minimum' for smooth gaming, however (depending where you live) normal TV goes down to 25FPS and I certainly havn't noticed any adverse effects from my TV running at below 30FPS lol. I believe American (ie NTSC) TV is around 29 FPS.

Above (approximately) 60 FPS most people can't tell the difference. If someone says they can, then they probably can't; and just like to feel superior that their system can play games better than yours.

The single most important component for getting a high frame rate is the power of your graphics card. You can buy a really fast computer, but if it's got a rubbish graphics card it'll be rubbish for games. But on the flip side, you can't buy an ancient system for 50 quid off fleaBay and stick an amazing graphics card in it, because the rest of the system wouldn't be able to keep up so you'd see rubbish performance anyway.

Unfortunately most companies take the approach of shipping decent basic systems with fast processors and plenty of RAM, but they give them crap graphics cards and seem to charge a premium for anyone that dares to want a good one.




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#4 11 years ago
Umm.. Isn't 80 FPS it quite high for most games? Like, impossibly high?

Nah, its possible. You just need a pretty fast video card to get 80 FPS on a new game on high settings.

Is it a combination of your moniter's refresh rate and your video card's frame rate,

What frame rate your getting in games is basically how many complete 3D frames (think on screen images) your computer can render in one second.

does the amount of RAM you have come into it? Are there other factors involved?

Yes, there are a number of factors, your graphics card, RAM, and CPU all play a part in achieving high FPS. You really only need over 30-40 to get good (or smooth) gameplay though.




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#5 11 years ago

u need a powerfull video card and CPU with atleast 1gb of ram.




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#6 11 years ago

Thanks for the information!




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#7 11 years ago

You might want to run anything you're thinking of buying past us first, we'll tell you whether it's any good or not.




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#8 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3409429You might want to run anything you're thinking of buying past us first, we'll tell you whether it's any good or not.

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#9 11 years ago

What games do you play?




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#10 11 years ago

tv is broadcasted at under 30fps NTSC (US) is 60hz PAL (UK) is 50hz




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