Okay, so I got this awesome gaming rig (well most of it is awesome):
-Asus K8V SE Deluxe mobo
-AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Clawhammer socket 754 @2.3 Ghz w/ Thermaltake venus 12
-ATI Radeon X850 XT 256MB AGP 8X
-Two CMX512MB Corsair XMS 3-3-3-8 (at 3-3-3-6) memory modules (No dual-channel cause my mobo does not support it. This could very well be the problem but since there is no single vs dual channel tests I can't tell)
-Sound Blaster Live X-Gamer 5.1
and the damn thing so blatantly has a bottleneck it is not even funny. I discovered it when I got the new video card (old one was a first-gen 9800 pro 128MB) and found out that HL2 suggested max detail but no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering!?!?!? I was very angry that my computer could not handle either. I did the video stress test and got an average of 160 fps with 4x AA and 4x AF at 1024x768. Most of the people I know that get great results see that kind of average fps in the stress test.
Unfortunately, in game, I see about 80-120 fps in spawn, which is great. No need to complain once you get excess of 60+ fps. The thing that kills me is that whenever you get into a firefight with as little as 8 people on screen the damn thing goes into red. It doesn't really go below 40 but you can tell it is just wrong.
I score great on 3dmark and hardware tests show that my system is great. I just don't get what is causing my system to not perform during such events.
I just tried the demo to F.E.A.R. and it sets everything ot max with no anti-aliasing!!?!??! I don't get why no anti-aliasing over texture quality but game programmers probably know more than me. Someone who has a slower processor and a 6800 GT which is not as good as X850 XT gets a much more stable gameplay. On my comp i get "studdering" or "hicups" as people call them quite frequently where my screen freezes for a second or two and the current sound bits repeat in an annoying fashion where if it was a loud gun sound the bass annoys everyone in my house.
Sorry for HUGE post but I just wanted to give as much info as possible since this is a difficult problem. I attached the CPU-Z html file report on my system so anybody who knows REALLY in-depth tech could point out what they see as obvious problems.
Thanks in advanced to ANY help!
EDIT: I forgot to add that I am pretty sure the socket 754 CPU has problems with memory. I read on tomshardware some time ago that the 3200+ specifically has problems but i am not sure. Upgrading costs a TON of money as pc components are rediculously overpriced now ($550 for a 7800 GTX = bs) and would make me upset to spend it wrong.