Why is my system so slow?

By Zeating
Jul 13, 2009
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  1. My system should be able to get 50-60 on games no problem, but it doesn't really matter what game it is it always sticks around 30-40 and i have no idea why. I can't even get 50 fps on Unreal Tournament 2004!

    Heres my specs:
    Graphics card: HIS Ati Radeon 4850 Iceq4 Turbo
    CPU: Amd Athlon 64 Dual Core E4850 2.5ghz Mutiplier x 12.5 Bus Speed: 200mz
    Ram: 2GbDDR2 DRAM Frequency: 357mhz
    Mobo: Gigabyte Technology GA-MA78GM-S2H
    OS: Windows XP SP2 Pro

    I know my processer isn't that good, but i really doubt it would kill my performance that much, my friend with the same OS, same ram, and same graphics card can get way better performance than me, but he has a good CPU.

    Can someone please help? thanks
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    Make sure your drivers are up to date,

    Also what resolutions are you playing your games at.
  3. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Drivers are up to date, i'm playing the games at 1280x1024 or 1024x768
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    Those speeds arent uncommon for those resolutions. Have you tried decreasing the detail.

    Your cpu is a 45watt cpu, its not very strong at all, There are some laptop cpu's that draw more power than that.

    1 more gig of ram at 3gigs would give you a small boost in performance, but other than that your options are to keep the lowest details ingame or upgrade your cpu.
  5. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Another thing you might try is decreasing your color quality from 32 bit to 16 bit.
  6. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    My PSU is a sparklepower 400W btw, i shoulden't have to lower the settings though. My friends that have almost the same specs as me can play anything on highest with decent FPS..
  7. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Can someone help?
  8. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,274

    Sorry, the only thing I can suggest is turning down the color quality, I've done that on my system and it made a huge difference. Hve you scanned for viruses, etc.? Another thing would be to post your friends computer specs for comparison purposes, it's not just the ram, graphics and OS that matter.
  9. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Graphics: HIS Ati Radeon 4850
    CPU: Intel dual core 3.3GHz (not sure of the exact name)
    PSU: Sparklepower 400w
    2gig ram
  10. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    Your cpu is ideal for basic computing, home theatre stuff, low heat output, its not powerful at all. Yes the cpu is making the difference, if he has any recent dual core at 3.3, its a wolfdale cpu more than likely and they are notorious for some of the latest gaming rigs.

    To be fair your cpu is about 60% as powerful as his is, maybe more, depending on which intel dual core he has
  11. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    So if i get a new CPU i should be good to go? a quad core maybe?
  12. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    I'd be concerned going quad, your psu isnt even what I'd call midgrade quality, and before you think quad you need to post which motherboard you have to see what processor upgrades you can make, then we can go from there.
  13. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    My motherboard is Gigabyte Technology GA-MA78GM-S2H
     
  14. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

  15. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Hmm.. do you think it can handle games well? this processor was only 60$ aswell, and it sucks lol
  16. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,259   +41

    your processor is made for low power systems. I'd suggest on getting another gig of ram to maximize performance, if you want a triple core I can show you some of those.

    Are you tight on money? If you are this is the cpu for you, but if you're willing to spend some extra dough I can show you better.
  17. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Hmm well if i get a new CPU will i HAVE to get a new psu?
  18. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Still don't know what to do, my CPU woulden't slow my comp down to the point that really old games like San Andreas, SWAT 4, and Call of Duty 1 go to a staggering 20 fps at times, what is the problem???
  19. Gordon9999

    Gordon9999 Newcomer, in training Posts: 72

    I am a heavy gamer. I have a beast of a computer that I have put in 5 thousand. I wanted to tell you when I played games on it the fps sat around 60 and dropped to 20. It took me awhile to figure out the problem but I eventually did. I think my problem may be the same problem you are having. With most games they have a consol command built into the game to change the max limit of your fps. Especially for call of duty games the set fps in the game is low. You can click on

    ` button which is just above the tab button. When you click this your consol command will show at the top. You can put in a command to change your max FPS rate and min FPS rate.

    I think for call of duty the command is /cl_maxfps

    It should show a low number like 60. change it to 249. The max is usually 250 but i set mine one down so it does not cause problems.

    You should beable to access your consol command for pritty much all the games you own so check it out. I will get the commands for your call of duty and the other games you posted and I will give them to you.

    This should help.
  20. T77

    T77 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 315

    ur ram frequency is quite low
  21. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    If its default is at 60 then wouldn't that just mean Vsync is on?

    @ T77 my ram frequency is low? how would i raise it? thanks
  22. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

    Bump...weird i'm getting 30 FPS on Cs 1.6
  23. Gordon9999

    Gordon9999 Newcomer, in training Posts: 72

    No do not disabel your vsync in the game or you will have tearing and such on. If it says 60 fps, that means that is the MAX amount of fps the game will send out to your screen. Change it to 249 and then the game will get as much fps as your computer will allow. If your screen is 85hz then the max fps will be 85fps, and so on. It won't mess anything up it just makes the game look for the best fps for your computer rather then stopping at 60fps even though your computer could handle 150fps.

    Still working on the list of consol commands for you, Their are lots of them. Their is one that changes your view from 60 degrees sight to 80 degrees sight which means you see more around you on your screen when playing CS source or most shooter games.
  24. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 877   +94

    If you can't get above 20 FPS V-Sync is irrelevant, V-Sync is put in place for systems that have very unstable render times (IE your inside a building running in the 100's then go outside and it suddenly drops) this results in the tearing Gordon is referring to. This is not your problem, any kind of frame limiter is not your problem either. What it sounds like more than anything else is a lack of CPU power, and possibly RAM. If you could upgrade to the CPU supersmash suggested and get another 2GB of RAM or better yet upgrade your RAM completely to a 4GB kit (2 x 2GB) at 800 MHz. That I can almost guarantee will help you bring up your fram rate considerably. Unfortunately you will more than likely need a PSU in the 500 watt range and from a reputable name like Thermaltake, Enermax, Corsair, ect... If any of this is in your budget than it would help you more than anything else.
  25. Zeating

    Zeating Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 49

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