With some games that I have played, like Half-Life 2 and Vampire: The Masquerade, I get this super obnoxious choppy frame skipping. It's definitely a problem with some games more than others. I have tried changing the settings in the game, updating all my drivers, and tweaking all kinds of settings within Windows, but still no luck. So far I've just been tolerating it, but enough is enough. I paid a lot of money for this computer, and this sort of thing should not be happening. My computer exceeds the system requirements for all these games, so what's the deal? Specs are: AMD Athlon 64 3600+ 2.20 GHz 512 RAM ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, 128 MB video RAM
22nd December 2003
My computer exceeds the system requirements for all these games, so what's the deal?
the system requirements are only there to show what you need to run the game at all, not run it on full graphics etc i think your RAM might be a let down, 1 gig is the reccommended these days for running games, 512mb is the minimum, 256mb is too low, and 2gb is good, considering not too long ago 2gb was completely useless
3rd May 2005
Yeah, you definately need at least 1gb of RAM for decent gaming these days. Also, it may be wise to check out your graphics card; the 9800 series is notorious for overheating and cooling problems, thus causing decreased performance and even random lockups ingame. If this turns out to be the case, I recommend purchasing a new HSF unit for your 9800. The stock cooler just doesn't cut it in my experience of these cards.
I've seriously considered a RAM upgrade. Too bad the good stuff is so expensive. Are guys sure it would make a significant difference?
12th March 2004
it should do, as for cost just get some ram that matches what you have now, you dont need superduper fast ram, the cheaper stuff works almost as well
Thinking about it.
Another 512 of the RAM I have now would still be pretty costly. It's that really high performance Mushkin gaming RAM. Don't remember the exact type.