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#1 11 years ago

I've had microsoft's FSX since Christmas. Ever since I've had it my computers frame rate has really slown down to below 10 fps. Heres what my fps looks like: When the plane is on the ground - 2-6 fps When its in the air - 11-16 fps ( 16 fps is almost playable ) (thats on the medium setting) I have to latest drivers for my GC. Heres my computer's specs:

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Processor: 3.06 GHZ pentium 4 Mother Board/Chipset: Intel D915PCY Ram: 2 GB 240 pin DDR2 Ram @ 533 MHZ (4 DIMM Modules) ((comp can hole 4GB)) Graphics Card: PNY Nvidia GeForce 7600 GS 256 MB 128 bit Sound Card: onboard Realtek Audio Power Supply Unit: 300 Watt (325 or 350 watt via switch on back) Hard Drive Space: 1 x 80 GB ((7 gb left) (main drive)) 1 x 160 gb ((93 gb left) (mass storage)

I was thinking about upgrading the GC, Processor, Ram, PSU. Im also not sure if my BIOS is up to date. Im using Windows XP SP2 which was installed when i bought it in June or July of '05. 1 more question, I have heard a rumor that the Core 2 Duo works with the D915PCY chipset/MOBO. I have also heard that all I need to do is upgrade the BIOS. Is that true? If it is i was gonna buy a Core 2 Duo processor and just upgrade the BIOS. Anyone have any suggestions on what i should upgrade or what i should do. Please help me out.




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#2 11 years ago

The BIOS won't be having any real significant impact on your games.

FSX didn't like my computer much either (on high/max mind you).

Only thing I can suggest is upgrading, or toning down the graphics detail/resolution.

The 915 Intel chipset I believe you are mistaking to support the Pentium D (Dual Core), not the Conroe. You'll need a 945/965 chipset.

I'd upgrade your CPU (Motherboard would be a good idea, too), Graphics Card, and possibly your memory. I'd also consider getting a larger output Power Supply of decent quality. For example, a 500W Antec or similar.




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#3 11 years ago

I forgot to include this info...I'm running FSX on a custom setting. Everything except airport detail/scenery is at medium high. Scenery detail is at ultra high, reason being is that i want to get a real authentic looking airport. Im thinking about upgrading my GC to a 512 Mb GC 256 bit or 128 bit GC...what ever Best Buy has. I was also considering sending my computer to a local computer shop so that they could OC my computer since they have a lot of computer knowledge. I had tried to OC my computer before but since the multiplier is locked on a P4 i couldn't oc it all that much. I was also thinkin about buyin a cheaper gaming computer (around the $1000 mark mind you) and upgrading it from there. If anyone has a suggestion as to what GC would do or what cheap gaming computer i should get, please help me out on this. I don't want to make a decision and regret it down the road.




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#4 11 years ago
dynexsniper420;3539313I forgot to include this info...I'm running FSX on a custom setting. Everything except airport detail/scenery is at medium high. Scenery detail is at ultra high, reason being is that i want to get a real authentic looking airport.

Would explain some of the issues.

Im thinking about upgrading my GC to a 512 Mb GC 256 bit or 128 bit GC...what ever Best Buy has.

Ok, don't rely on numbers to offer you a representation on how good your Graphics card will be. It could be a 256MB 256 Bit ATi 9800, doesn't mean it is great.

Your card, the 7600, is ok. Pretty average for serious gaming, and games for that matter. If you have the money, I would suggest getting something like an 8800GTS.

I was also considering sending my computer to a local computer shop so that they could OC my computer since they have a lot of computer knowledge. I had tried to OC my computer before but since the multiplier is locked on a P4 i couldn't oc it all that much.

No, don't send it to them to overclock it. Overclocking voids any warranty, and a procedure such as this I feel is better done by yourself, not someone else. If you don't know what you're doing, I wouldn't try. But you can always ask us, and we'd be happy to help out. You can unlock your multiplier by downloading an updated BIOS (from memory, my P4 mobo was locked, so I updated the BIOS).

Like I mentioned, it's locked for a reason.

I was also thinkin about buyin a cheaper gaming computer (around the $1000 mark mind you) and upgrading it from there.

You'd be better off upgrading your current PC. If you $1000 to spend, you can get some pretty decent parts. You could even consider selling your current PC and getting some cash from that to put toward something even better.

If anyone has a suggestion as to what GC would do or what cheap gaming computer i should get, please help me out on this. I don't want to make a decision and regret it down the road.

Like I said, something like an 8800GTS would be wise. There is no real thing as a "cheap gaming computer", if you want the goods, you have to be prepared to pay for them. However you can get a budget PC, which I wouldn't recommend bothering with.




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#5 11 years ago

Ok cool thanks. If a link is available to allow me to download a new BIOS system I would like it. I am searching google right now for some. If you have a "reliable site" then post it. Also if you have anytips of what i should do to OC my PC post it as well. Gotta love having people to help yah out when you don't know what to do. :)




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#6 11 years ago

http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/cy/cy_bios.htm

Reven has compiled a detailed guide with FAQ's about overclocking, here...

http://forums.filefront.com/showthread.php?t=238931

I'd honestly consider upgrading more so than overclocking. If you'd really like to, just ask here and I'll help you to the best of my knowledge.




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#7 11 years ago

Sorry mate but if you want realism out of FSX you'll need to shell out a lot of money. Turn it down and live with it; or upgrade. Overclocking that hardware will, at best, get you from 16 fps to something like 18 fps. Your BIOS is largely irrelevant but you may want to consider backing up anything important and reinstalling Windows. A lot of crap can build up in 20 months.

And for the love of god don't buy computer hardware at Best Buy. I'm possibly not the best person to get that advice from (being a Brit), but from what I've seen of Best Buy it's sound advice...




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#8 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon And for the love of god don't buy computer hardware at Best Buy. I'm possibly not the best person to get that advice from (being a Brit), but from what I've seen of Best Buy it's sound advice...

Your right, do not buy from best buy. I actually don't recommend buying expensive hardware from any store like that, there prices are usually a hell of alot higher than what you would pay online at a good site like newegg.




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#9 11 years ago

Alright thanks yall. Bout to delete some temporary folders to see if that helps at all. Since I download alot of stuff from the internet and I don't use the "save" feature, it saves it to a temporary folder. I'm gonna go hunt some of those down and delete them.




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#10 11 years ago

Yes, because freeing up disk space is obviously going to make your games run at the speed of light...