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Will a new processor make the difference

By ptitterington
Dec 4, 2004
  1. I thought my machine, that I dont usually let the kids use, was pretty ok,

    but, My oldest just got Vampire the something or other and on her machine fair spec (sorry started posting it but gave up) was far too choppy.

    It struggled on mine ;

    Asus A7N8X-E 1 gig pc 2700 1996 chip Creative FX 5900 GCard. dvd writers 3hds of various sizes xp homo up to date etc.

    Is the processor letting me down or have I reached my limit for this setup.

    I just find playing the PS2 more enjoyable and its loads lower spec.

    when I said struggled, I expected no delays and smooth graphics.

    any suggestions

    ta :chef:
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If you take a look at the game instructions there should be a system requirements part with minimum and recommended specs.

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
     
  3. ptitterington

    ptitterington TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 255

    I know, I am way way over the spec min and max but it is still not ok.

    I dont feel that the gaming experience has jumped much even though is still keep on paying.

    I just think that now after all these years I should have slick virtual 3d mad wold.

    Not looking quite good then some chop then ok then some chop.
    Thats not why I have spent £3000+on just the home pc over the last few years
    :bounce:
     
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    What cpu are you running as you didn`t say in your earlier post?

    If as you say you are well over the recommended specs then we need to look at the likely causes of the choppy graphics.

    Have you got the latest drivers for your system in particular the graphics card?

    What directx version are you using?

    Regards Howard

    :grinthumb
     
  5. Supra

    Supra TS Enthusiast Posts: 190

    also list your hard drive specs.
     
  6. ptitterington

    ptitterington TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 255

    Ok.
    All latest drivers, and dx9c

    Athlon xp 2400
    40gig 7200 maxtor
    120gig 7200 maxtor
    80gig 7200 western Digital sata
    using onboard sound
    2x 512 crucial pc2700ddram

    TDK dvd player
    NEC dual layer dvd burner

    Quality 500w psu
    Xp homo sp2

    Norton 2004 and Internet security

    and hopefully my logitec laser mouse will be here tomorrow.

    I just think that the weak link is the processor but I am reluctant to change it if it wont make a big difference
     
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Your system looks fine to me but, I notice that you are running sp2.

    Go to the games website and look to see if there are any patches available.

    Also please could you tell me the exact name of the game so I can do some sniffing about for known problems with it.

    Regards Howard [​IMG]
     
  8. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    You could eventually upgrade to a 3000+ & since Vampires:Bloodlines (which is baed on the Half-Life2 source engine) is very DirectX-9 heavy, a video card starting from a Radeon 9800 on the ATI side or a GeForce 6600-GT on the nVidia sde will certainly help.
     
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