Originally Posted by RustyC
So about half my computers use is geared towards playing games and for some reason in the last week the frame rates have seemed to drop dramatically. I have installed no programs and all the hardware seems to be fine.
Today I got fed up with 5fps in games and formatted everything and installed latest graphics drivers.
This did not fix the problem.... I have all my graphics option down to the LOWEST and still get crap. between 5fps and 15 most of the time.
I have a home made system
Windows XP home edition
ASUS P5N-D Mainboard
Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
2.80GHz, 2.50 GB of RAM
NVidea GeForce 8500GT PCI Express
A while ago I tryed to go from 2GB of ram to 4GB but it capped out at 2.5 for some reason
I have never been able to run game that well but never this bad.
So... does anyone have any suggestions on how to get better fps or if not maybe just a good suggestion for what new hardware I might need to get a large performance boost.
Perhaps I should just get a new system..... seems kinda drastic but...
Thanks for any help
Why are you running a pentium D and an 8500GT on an Asus P5? Give that mobo proper components!
The memory thing is most likely due to you running a 32bit operating system. If you want all 4 gigs to be used then install either 64bit XP or 64bit Vista. I recommend going the Vista route as 64bit XP has some serious compatibility issues and almost everything works with 64bit Vista.
If you replace that Pentium D with a proper Core 2 like one of these
, and that 8500GT with this
. Then you will be in good shape.