Ok folks I need some serious help here....About 4yrs back I bought a Dell 8200 that was upgraded to 8300 due to some issues.... Previous specs. D8300 Intel P4 2.8ghz 512mb DDR Ram nvidia gpu (unsure of type but it was a bit out of date) 80g 7200 hdd (dell crap) So I decided to add some stuff to it, in the process breaking the cpu and having to settle of a 2.4ghz at the moment Upgrades: added 1g DDR Ram Sapphire x1600 Pro 512mb 8x AGP 450w PSU My question is WTF? I have no better performance in games like FS2004, Framerates suck with the new 737 PIC I just bought and I am getting frustrated. The card temp stays around 60c all the time. Which is what I have it set for so the fan isnt constantly on full.... Please help a noob computer builder wannabe.... I need it!
perhaps your card is being bottlenecked by the cpu, or your HDD is too full/fragmented. Or perhaps your psu isnt supplying enough power to your comp. Is it a reputable manufacturer/is it old? these are just theories though, im not entirely sure what exactly could be causing your problems.
you tried formatting and have you ensured that you have disabled you onbaord graphics and uninstalled any drivers?
Does the video card use DDR2 or DDR3 RAM?
High performance graphics cards normally have DDR3 while many of the cards advertised to have 512MB have slower DDR2.
The slower RAM usually hurts performance.
Also, if your running a CPU at 2.4GHz is the new CPU running at a slower bus speed? You have lost 400PHz and if the CPU front side bus is slower as well you will lose some performance but I still feel biggest problem is the video card.
Hey if Im wrong wont be the first time. :)
I defrag about once every 2 weeks whether it needs it or not, my hdd has 45% free space. As for reformatting....no I haven't tried that yet.....My comp doesn't have on board gfx as far as I know. It came with gpu it was like 32mb when I bought it.
What happens when you lower the temp for your card to 50c, or 45c?
I had a Dell 8300 before, it came with a Nvidia FX 5200, thats probably what you had too. Those 8300's have 250W PSU's in them.
Did you do a clean install of the ATI drivers? As in completely unstalling the Nvidia's and running a program like Driver Cleaner before installing the ATI's? Are your drivers the latest version of what came on the disk you got with the card?
Is FS2004 the only game giving you trouble? or are other games running better?
Not really a major speed loss if it happened, but is your ram ddr400? when you filled all the slots it may have clocked down. that will not slow your system down that much though.
I did uninstall old drivers and reinstall new ones. My ddr is 400, yes the fsb is slower but cmon that kinda loss is uncalled for...I hear people with much crappier system get better frames...Temp wont get under 55c. Fs is not the only game it happens with....I do notice that when I start the comp the dell logo is offcolor real bad...looks like a negative of a picture. Maybe something with the drivers.....Would the best thing be to reformat and start over? I haven't done it in a while and am sure that there are plenty of things I no longer need on my puter....I just want this crap to be over with so I can play while I save for a better system....
Something is obviously up as an x1600pro, though not high end, should beat an fx5200 six ways from sunday. It is a ddr2 card though, btw. Probably this card or similar.
I doubt that your cpu could bottleneck that card down to the fx5200 performance. Perhaps a bit but not that much. I had a Dell Dimension 4550 with a 2.4ghz P4 and the difference between it's original mx440 and it's current 6600gt was like night and day.
Do you have the external power plugged into it? I presume it has a plug on it.
It's also possible that the card itself is defective if it has trouble rendering the Dell logo properly. Do you have another pc you could try it in?
nope no other pc....I guess I could try reformat and see if that helps...Man I was really hoping to not have to do that but I guess it will help free some stuff in the process.....