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Old 08-22-2007, 01:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default CPU or video card - which needs upgrading?

Recently, Rainbow Six Vegas and BioShock have been giving me problems running at (or anywhere near) maximum settings. I assume it's time for some kind of change, even though my PC is only about 15 months old.

Video: NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT/GTO

-latest drivers
-no overclocking as I have no extra cooling set up

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+

I think my PC is still upper-mid range but it isn't performing as well as I'd like. Any ideas why that might be?

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Windows XP SP 2
2 GB RAM (4x512)
Reformatted not long ago

Any suggestions much appreciated.
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you need a new GFX, first i think. Maybe getting an 8800GTS 320mb, for around 300.
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Hm... I find it odd that you are having problems since I run Bioshock on fairly high settings with only an AMD x2 4200 and an x1800xt 256mb along with 2 gigs of RAM.
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Default Re: CPU or video card - which needs upgrading?

It would also depend on the resolution, you guys are playing at.
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and some ppl have a better eye for lower frames/sec... anything under 25 drives me nuts, i try to stay over 30... if its a fast past first person shooter, i want 80+ for smoothness while i jerk the mouse around
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Thank you psp.

I'm doing BioShock (demo) on 1280x1024, my monitor's native resolution. I would expect better performance, too, but it's much less than 30 FPS with higher settings, especially around water... and oh and there's a lot of water in this game.
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On that system and resolution, you should be able to play Bioshock, on reasonably high settings.
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Just don't play at max settings, and save up for a whole new computer in like 6 months. You still have a really good setup.
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Hmm, so you agree my system is upper-mid end and I should probably be seeing better performance?

I wonder why it could be running less than optimally.
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I want to say I run the game at 1280x960... my mind is blanking out on it atm. I actaully don't know my frame rates, but the games appears to run fairly smooth to my eyes.
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