So, yes, my system is kinda dated, but I've been consistently upgrading it from the day I bought it to try and atleast keep it reasonably good.
Here's my before; now specs
Before: ATI X800XL Now : ATI X1950Pro (512 mb version)
Before: AMD 64 3200+ Now: AMD 64 3800+ X2 Dual Core
Before: 1x512 mb Kingston HyperX Now: 4x512 mb Kingston HyperX DC
Before: 400 watt psu Now: 500 watt psu
Before: Onboard sounds now: Soundblaser Audigy (Crappy I know, but it's just to keep the load off the CPU)
However, after upgrading all these afformentioned parts (the graphics card most recently), I've seen very little change.
Upgrading my ram only helped in Battlefield 2, everything else was the same.
Upgrading my CPU from single core to dual core helped TONS.
Mind you, I did these 2 upgrades a year ago or so.
So, 2 months ago, I upgraded my graphics card, but I haven't actually noticed any real performance gain in games that I played before installing it.
F.E.A.R runs worse, CSS runs WAY worse (including all other Source games, can hardly keep a consistent framerate anymore). Battlefield 2 is delicious but loads even slower, TMU runs the same, really, and Company of Heroes had a noticable performance gain.
I have a distinct feeling my system is underperforming. Is there something wrong with it? Mem86 showed no errors with my memory. Could there be a setting that's wrong in my Bios? Someone help me out here!
I've tried reinstalling EVERYTHING driver related. Codecs, gfx drivers, sound drivers, harddrive drivers, you name it. Reinstalled all of it including DirectX.
To answer the the comments that'll likely come;
Yes, I have the newest drivers for everything. I'm not fragmented I'm virus and malware free.
If you need any more info, please do say.
It all sounds like if your CPU is bottlenecking your graphics card... Examine your graphics card a little more, swap it out if you can and swap back and forth between CPU and graphics cards.
It could be, but it doesen't seem feasible to me at all. The X1950 isn't really THAT fast.
Do you know of any Bios settings that might need to be changed after I put in the X1950? (Haven't put my finger in there, since honestly, I have no clue what most of it does)
Depends, whats your motherboard? Your onboard video might be fucking with your 1950.
Aka, turn off your onboard video.
I'm using an "ASUS A8N-E" (nForce4 mobo). It doesen't have integrated video card, mind you. The only thing I missed with in the Bios was turning off onboard sound.
Also, thanks for the advice about trying shifting out components. I sold my X800 real quick, but I still have my 3200+ laying about here somewhere.
Your CPU is definitley not bottlenecking the X1950 Pro at all, don't bother swapping it. Theres no reason why that machine should be runny source games as badly as you say..I use the same CPU and a X800 XT and run them max with constant 60+ FPS. So something is definitley wrong there. You could try a Reformat if all else fails.
Well Steven it doesn't really help to just tell him to reformat and tell him not so similar experiences with nearly the same hardware. It might be his graphics card or processor considering when he did the switch (correct me if I'm wrong) it started slowing down.
Also note that boards with nForce bridges won't perform as well with ATI crossfire ready cards, visa-versa with boards that have Crossfire, atleast that what I've seen with mine and my friends, cause when my 7900 GS outperforms an 8800 GTS OC, there's something there. Also, what slot are you running for the graphics? Cause if your running AGP, you might have to tell the BIOS to look for the card there, and it might be disabled.
I didn't make it!
Replace you're ATI video card with a nvidia card snice you have a nvidia motherboard.
Videoslave;3860506Replace you're ATI video card with a nvidia card snice you have a nvidia motherboard.