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CS:S Lagging

By Infrared Reflex
Dec 2, 2006
  1. Ok so i just bought CS:S yesterday and i hate this lag.. Yes i have read other peoples post saying they have the same problem and most people respond that its the graphic card thats having the most problem. At the moment my computers a Dell Dimension 2530 with everything still stock in it execpt the memory which i upgraded a few times.. The computer has only a 29GB hard drive which is a big problem for me.. so im custom ordering a new one and it has the following specs:

    CPU: (Socket AM2) AMD Athlon™64 X2 3800+ Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology

    MOTHERBOARD: (Socket AM2)ABIT KN9 SLI nForce 570 SLI MCP Chipset DDR2/800 SATA-II RAID 16x PCI-Express MBoard w/GbLAN, USB2.0, &7.1Audio

    MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)1GB (2x512MB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair XMS2 Xtreme Memory w/ Heat Spreader)

    VIDEO CARD: ATI Radeon X1300 X16 PCI-E 128MB VIDEO CARD

    HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (320GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)

    Would these parts be good enough for me to run CS:S without any lag.. if not please post some recomend some others.

    Thanks
     
  2. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    How much are you willing to spend?

    What I would do is just build your own computer if you want to get the best out of your gaming experience.

    Here are the following specs for the ultimate gaming machine for $1,400:


    Processor

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail

    Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813188009
    eVGA 122-CK-NF68-AR Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

    RAM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145566
    CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) x2


    Video Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150150
    XFX PV-T71G-UCF7 GeForce 7900GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail


    Hard Disk Drive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341002
    OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI ATX12V 700W Power Supply - Retail

    DVD Burner

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152076
    NEC Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM

    Sound Card

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16829111002
    DIAMOND XtremeSound XS71DDL 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

    Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133154
    Thermaltake Armor Series VA8000BWS Black Aluminum/Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

    Total: $1436 with shipping

    Oblivion - Runs full qaulity / high resolution / 45-50 FPS
    F.E.A.R - Runs Ultra qaulity / high resolution / 40 FPS
    Counterstrike Source - Runs Full qaulity / high resoultion / 60 FPS
    Splintercell: Double Agent - Runs Next Gen qaulity / medium-high resolution / 45-60 FPS

    If you think that's too high for your budget you can build a AM2 gaming system for about $700-800 for amazing performance, It's not as good as the build I listed above but still will play any game!

    Here are the following specs for the AM2 gaming machine for $876:

    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127013

    Processor:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103029

    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145566

    Hard drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822148140

    Videocard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130056

    DVD drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152076

    Powersupply:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817341002

    Case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144151

    Floppy drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16821103116

    Total: $876 with shipping



    Hope I helped!
    If you have any more questions then send me a private message or post in this topic :)
     
  3. Infrared Reflex

    Infrared Reflex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks man im considering building my own now

    is it drue that intel core 2's are faster than AM2?
     
  4. Cpt_Subtext

    Cpt_Subtext TS Rookie Posts: 257

    Unless you have no knowledge of the internal workings of a PC building your own PC is always the cheapest option. The only time I recommend buying prebuilt is if you need the warranty and tech support of a company....

    However if you shop around you can build a computer that would cost you hundreds more to buy ready made

    How much are you willing to spend?


    Yes it is.... Being and AMD devotee I found this a tough pill to swallow but you cant do much but be impressed by the performance of the Core 2 Duo chips... the Intel Conroe Core™ 2 Extreme X6800 2x 2.93 4Mb 1066 MHz LGA775 BX80557X6800 being the best gaming processor on the market currently.... The flagship is the new Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad Core 4x2.66 2x4Mb 1066 BX80562QX6700 which is only hampered due to the fact most programs are not properly multithreaded
     
  5. Infrared Reflex

    Infrared Reflex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    currently im going to try to design my own and ill post the specs so you guys can give me feedback
     
  6. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Yeah, The $876 AM2 system I posted should be able to play Oblivion really good as well as FEAR so it's your choice, Personaly I only had 1 computer that was prebuilt and im using it now ( used to buy from newegg.com and used as a server for my Battlefield / Counterstrike games ) after I got all the parts I needed I built like 6 computers and put them in a room for LAN parties :)
     
  7. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Man do you even have Oblivion TimeParadoX? Cuz if you did you would realize that NOTHING currently can run Oblivion "good" but you're always saying that systems can.
     
  8. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    Dual-8800gtxs are bearly cutting on ulta high about 50-60 fps it but the 9 series should cut through it like butter.
     
  9. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Actualy yes, I do have Oblivion and my system can run them quite good with barley any or no lag

    The reason you think that you no system can run it "good" is because you have:

    Memory: 1 gb DDR2-667
    Videocard: XFX 7600GT XXX :haha:
     
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