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Counter Strike:Source; Choppy Gameplay

By s2_vash
Oct 27, 2006
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  1. Well ive tried everything i can think of... i just bought A package of games from bestbuy, which includes cs source, DOD Source, Hl Deathmatch, and some other games... i put them all on my computer and it all went smoothley with no errors... when i try to play them however.. the gameplay is verry choppy and the sound skips... its not internet lag because it happens on on an offline game also.. My comp can run CS CZ and it has for along time.. no problems at all.... i try to contact steampowered but there technical support is ****.. dose ne1 have any sugestions... if you do, plz let me know...
  2. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Pleas post your system specs, including the make, watts and 12v line amps for your powersupply. That may help us get an idea of what is going on.

    BTW - Welcome to TechSpot! :)
  3. s2_vash

    s2_vash TS Rookie Topic Starter

    These are the exact specs on my comp

    Gateway® 500GR Computer Specifications
    Processor Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology

    * 3.0 GHz
    * 800 MHz FSB
    * 1 MB L2 cache

    System Chipset Intel 915G Express Chipset
    # Memory Installed: 512 MB PC3200 (400 MHz)
    # Four DIMM sockets that support the following:

    * 2.5 V (only) DDR SDRAM DIMMs with gold-plated contacts
    * Unbuffered, single-sided or double-sided DIMMs with the following restriction:
    Double-sided DIMMS with ×16 organization are not supported.
    * 2 GB maximum total addressable system memory.
    * Minimum total system memory: 128 MB
    * Non-ECC DIMMs
    * Serial Presence Detect
    * DDR 400 MHz and DDR 333 MHz SDRAM DIMMs
    * Support for dual channel memory mode

    Hard Drive 200 GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive with 8 MB cache
    Media Card Reader 8-in-1 Media Manager supporting the following:

    * CompactFlash Card
    * IBM MicroDrive
    * Memory Stick
    * Memory Stick Pro
    * SmartMedia Card
    * Secure Digital(SD)/MMC
    * USB 2.0

    Sound Support Intel High Definition (HD) Audio
    Video Chipset Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)
    Up to 64 MB shared video RAM
    # Port Connectors 7 USB 2.0 ports (2 in front bezel, 1 in Media Manager, 4 on rear)
    # 3 IEEE 1394 Ports (2 in front bezel, 1 in back)
    # 1 Serial Port
    # 1 Parallel Port
    # 2 PS/2 Ports (Keyboard & Mouse)
    # Audio In and Out
    # RJ-11 Modem
    # RJ-45 Ethernet LAN
    # Expansion Card Slots 2 PCI (1 open)
    # 1 PCI Express x1 Slots (open)
    # 1 PCI Express x16 Slots (open)
    # Optical Drives Double layer 8X DVD+/-RW drive
    # 48X CD-ROM drive
    # Expansion Bays 2 external 3.5-inch (1 open)
    # 2 internal 3.5-inch (1 open)
    # 2 5.25-inch (both used by optical drives)
    Network Support 10/100 MbpsEthernet LAN
    Modem Speed 56 Kbps
    # Input Devices Keyboard
    # 2-button wheel mouse
    Case Style Mini-tower
    Case Dimensions (H × W × D) 14.25 × 7.25 × 16.0 inches
    Weight 23.0 lbs



    and its a GATEWAY 500gr standard package, no upgrades...
  4. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Okay, everything is much more clear now! Your Gateway system is using an Integrated graphics chip. That, of course, means that it is physically built into your motherboard.
    To play the games you bought, you will need a better graphics card for sure. You are proabably looking at a GeForce 6600 and above to play those games. The good news is that you have an open PCIe 16x slot open for a new graphic card. The bad news is that in pre-builts (Gateway, Dell, HP, etc...) they usually don't put in very strong power supply units. You can get a decent 400 watt one from Newegg.com for about $40. Another thing to think about but isn't quite as necessary as the graphic card and power supply is your system memory. 512 is fairly low to play the more advanced games. !Gb is kind of the standard right now.

    6600GT:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130059
    6600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814127192

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817104952

    EDIT: You may not need that new psu. I was looking ion the gateway site and saw that your computer comes with a 300watt psu. Depending on how many amps it supplies on the 12v line, you may not need a new one. If you go without and you start getting random BSOD or restarts, then you need more power.
  5. s2_vash

    s2_vash TS Rookie Topic Starter

    **** wrong specs.... these are my real specs... is ur answere still the same?

    Gateway® 504GR Computer Specifications
    Processor Brand Intel®
    Processor Class Pentium® 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology
    Processor Speed 3.0 GHz
    Bus Speed 800 MHz
    Cache Size 1 MB
    System Chipset Intel 915G Express Chipset
    Memory Speed PC3200 (400 MHz)
    Memory Technology Four DIMM sockets that support the following:

    * 2.5 V (only) DDR SDRAM DIMMs with gold-plated contacts
    * Unbuffered, single-sided or double-sided DIMMs with the following restriction:
    Double-sided DIMMS with ×16 organization are not supported.
    * 4 GB maximum total addressable system memory.
    * Minimum total system memory: 128 MB
    * Non-ECC DIMMs
    * Serial Presence Detect
    * DDR 400 MHz and DDR 333 MHz SDRAM DIMMs
    * Support for dual channel memory mode

    Installed Memory 512 MB
    Maximum Memory 2 GB
    Hard Drive Capacity 200 GB (7200 RPM)
    Drive Controllers Serial ATA (SATA)
    Card Slots

    * CompactFlash Card
    * IBM MicroDrive
    * Memory Stick
    * Memory Stick Pro
    * SmartMedia Card
    * Secure Digital(SD)/MMC

    Sound Support Intel High Definition (HD) Audio
    Video Chipset Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)
    Video Bus PCI Express x16
    Video Integration Motherboard
    Shared Video RAM (Max) 64 MB
    Port Connectors

    * 7 USB 2.0 ports (2 in front bezel, 1 in Media Manager, 4 on rear)
    * 3 IEEE 1394 Ports (2 in front bezel, 1 in back)
    * 1 Serial Port
    * 1 Parallel Port
    * 2 PS/2 Ports (Keyboard & Mouse)
    * Audio In and Out
    * RJ-11 Modem
    * RJ-45 Ethernet LAN

    PCI Slots 2
    PCI Express x1 Slots 1
    PCI Express x16 Slots 1
    Slots Notes 1 PCI Express x16, 1 PCI Express x1 and 1 PCI open
    Included Drives

    * CD-ROM
    * DVD+/-RW
    * Hard Drive

    Expansion Bays

    * 4 3.5-inch (2 open)
    * 2 5.25-inch

    Network Support Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)
    Modem Speed 56 Kbps
    Input Devices

    * Keyboard
    * 2-button wheel mouse

    Chassis Style Mini-tower
    Case Dimensions (H × W × D) 14.25 × 7.25 × 16.0 inches
    Weight 23.0 lbs
  6. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Yup, still the same. The systems are nearly identical.
  7. s2_vash

    s2_vash TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok... i was looking.. is this card good enough to handle Cs, and also, is it compatable with my computer??

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7907839&type=product&productCategoryId=cat01151&id=1149206843718 also, is this card good enough to run battle field 2142??

    For memory, will this work on my computer, and is it enough to run once again CS Source, DOD Source, And Battlefield 2142? http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7332399&type=product&productCategoryId=cat01169&id=1118845269881

    And finally, is my soundcard good enough?? Btw, thanks soo much for ur help, and before i go out and buy all this **** on a percentage ratio 1%-100% how sure are u that this will fix my problems? *Note: i am posting all this from random school computers all over my school.... Ill get back to you as soon as possable.... Btw, my msn messanger name is S2_vash@hotmail.com and my aim is s2_vash... u can contact me anytime
  8. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Yes, that card will play CS: Source, and it will be better than what you have now. But... you won't be able to play at high resolutions. The real limiting factor is we don't know your budget. I also found that video card here for 82.99.

    That memory won't work because it is DDR2 533 (PC 4200) and your system uses DDR 400 (PC 3200).

    EDIT: If you can afford it and can wait for it to be shipped, this would work really well.

    Here is a site where you can check vid card benchmarks, very helpful!
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