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Aurora-[NZ]

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#1 15 years ago

Hey guys. Im FULLY stumped. As a lot of you know I have been having trouble trying to get a reasonable FPS when I play some of the newest games out like Farcry and Doom 3. For some reason my FPS always seems to hang around 30FPS and im always only playing on Medium Settings. This is perhaps the most frustrating problem I have EVER had. Here's my system Specs...

Crappy pre-built Compaq Pressario
*Pentium 4, 2.66GHz CPU
*Exalibur IceQ Radeon 9800 Pro 128
*1024 Gigs PC2700 RAM
*520 Watt PSU (is there a way I can view my PSU like in device manager so I know that it is working fully?)
*Standard Compaq MOBO
*40 Gig HDD
*Windows XP (If you guys want me to go more in depth I will)
-Ok. Now for a while there I was trying my own solutions to improve my FPS when gaming, and I tried to update hardware/software. Heres some of the things I have tried...
*Upgraded my 230Watt PSU to a 520Watt PSU today.
*Tried new drivers for my video card (Both ATi AND Omega 4.9/10)
*Tried overclocking my video card
*Kept settings on medium with no AA/vsync etc
*Got rid of all spyware/checked for viruses
*Upgraded RAM from 512 > 1024
*Once again unistalled old drivers/renstalled new drivers.
Thats about all I can think of. Unfortunatly none of this has worked and im still stuck on around 30 odd FPS. This is EXTREMELY frustrating because I see all these people with similar systems bragging about how they get 90 - 100 FPS in CS:S etc. Would my system be bottlenecking anywhere?
I use the Doom 3 demo / Farcry demo as a benchmark. In farcry I can look at the Sky and my FPS will rise to about 107 etc, however when I look down again it shoots back down to 30 odd FPS, same as when in combat. I want to have constant 50+ FPS like all these other people but i'm all out of ideas. Heres a screenshot of me playing the Doom 3 deom with 27 friggin FPS, im not moving, im just standing there and this is all on medium settings like I have said....
Please help guys, im all out of ideas and Halflife 2 is almost out and I want a great gaming experience. If there's anything I have missed tell me and ill put it up. Damn this is frustrating, I just want my FPS up there like everyone else!
EDIT: A while ago a guy told me to download Driver Cleaner from Driver hevan. I did, but you have to use it in "Safe mode" but I cant get into safe mode.



Σl.Ðestructo

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#2 15 years ago

To get into safe mode hit F8 heaps while booting, it'll come up with a screen with options, choose safe mode with everything. There you go. My PC should work fantastically but I struggle to get the FPS above 30, too. I blame it on the CeleronD, [color=PaleTurquoise][At 533 FSB, I think they're a dumbed-down P4A(NorthWood?) ][/color] because everything works fine, apart from CPU-intensive games. You just use onboard sound don't you? Well I do too, and on mine I can get a bit higher FPS in games if I turn on hardware sound, with no EAX, software mode just kills it down to about 10fps. Still waiting for the dough to get a P4-C and a good s/c... hope this helps.




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#3 15 years ago

Hmmm, well I have a big stereo for my sound, which is running on Auxillury which is connected to my PC (If you know what I mean) and I have no sound cards or anything so yeah, I guess it is onboard sound. Ok, I go to my little program called "CPU-Z" and this is what it has.... (Check pictures) I'll be upgrading to a whole new computer soon. Im building it myself, the CPU is an AMD 64Bit 3500+ (Any good???) Without getting off the main topic anyway.




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#4 15 years ago

An AMD 3500+ is awesome. Despite the fact that you have 1024 megs of ram, the fact that it's at 2700 might be slowing it down. But it shouldn't slow down to THAT degree, not with a 9800 pro and a 2.7ghz. What's your FSB speed? It's strange, because I can run UT2004 on high settings, on a 3.0ghz 512 pc3200 ram 64 integrated video system, and get around 30-40 fps. :uhm:




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#5 15 years ago
Master of RealityAn AMD 3500+ is awesome. Despite the fact that you have 1024 megs of ram, the fact that it's at 2700 might be slowing it down. But it shouldn't slow down to THAT degree, not with a 9800 pro and a 2.7ghz. What's your FSB speed? It's strange, because I can run UT2004 on high settings, on a 3.0ghz 512 pc3200 ram 64 integrated video system, and get around 30-40 fps. :uhm:[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Nik1818] I'll be upgrading to a whole new computer soon.

not just the chip :) Also, I posted the pictures there that have my FSB, and pretty much all you could know about my PC




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#6 15 years ago

Honestly, Nik, I think you would notice a MAJOR differnce with an add-on sound card. At least a SB Audigy value. I'm looking into upgrading to an Audigy 2 ZS. Sound capability is very important in these newer games. I'll give an example of NASCAR 2003. Even with an Audigy, I have to turn off 3D sound and turn the number of sounds played(simultaneously) down to 8. If I don't, I get terrible FPS. Even on my system. With the settings I described, I get a minimum of 40FPS. 21FPS if I try to max out the sounds/3D sound. So if an addon Audigy suffers like that, on-board is only going to be worse. I didn't know that you were using onboard sound before or I would have said something. Maybe you told me, but I just didn't see it. Sorry.




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#7 15 years ago

My sound is the same, and the Celeron D is pretty much the same as that, except has 16k L1 cache and 256k L2. The cache sizes do make a big difference to overall performance, I used to have a base model Celeron at the same speed, but it only had 128k L2 cache, and ran everything about 15fps. The MB could be the problem as well, since it claims to be from HP, and I don't think HP is good for anything except printers,scanners,etc. Better off with one of the more common brands like Asus, Gigabyte or MSI. The Athlon 64 3500+ should be excellent, as are most Athlons for gaming. I don't have the cash to get a new MB and cpu, so I'm just saving for a more recent P4. [Ditto with what Op. Said:nodding:]




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#8 15 years ago

nik what resolution are you running? dropping that down a notch may help

or look at this site http://tweakguides.com/ there are various guides there for different games i used it myself to tweak far cry so i got up to 50 fps

but now my new uber puter runs it at 100-200, but it cost a load


Thinking about it.



Aurora-[NZ]

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#9 15 years ago

Haha running at 1024 x 768 all the time. Like I say, it is never graphical settings. Wow really?!? Sound makes a difference? Well, I am building my New pc soon and im buying it part by part so I might as well get the sound card and panel as well, and just use it in this PC for now.

Any other suggestions guys? Good points though Op/El/M!tch. Very good indeed.