I have a decent graphics card but my frames still lag

By dobura · 15 replies
Oct 13, 2011
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  1. Here are my settings:
    CPU Type: Intel® Pentium® D CPU 2.80GHz
    CPU Speed: 2.82 GHz
    System Memory: 3.25 GB
    Video Card Model: ATI Radeon HD 4770
    Video Card Memory: 1013 MB
    Video Card Driver: ati2dvag.dll

    Ok so i still play counterstrike and i still get fram lags on cs1.6, this is really bugging me because i actually thought it was the graphic card problem the whole time but when i switched my graphic card to an ATI Radeon HD 4850, it still gave me the same problem. Is it my CPU? Because im really starting to doubt that the graphic card isnt the problem because the 4770HD was actually considered a decent graphic card.

    Please Help!
  2. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    You might want to upgrade your CPU.
  3. dobura

    dobura TS Rookie Topic Starter

    any suggestions though? i heard that if i change CPU's i have to change the whole motherboard so that the CPU's and the motherboard will be compatible
  4. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    Not knowing the make and model I have no clue. It is time that you really need a more complete upgrade. If by chance your mobo supports Core2 then your in luck.

    This might work,
    I not so sure another 500 mhz is enough to be a big help.
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    That's most likely true, though you can't be sure until you provide motherboard information.
    I'd guess that it's the CPU.
  6. dobura

    dobura TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok so its Intel DG31PR. And the CPU is intel pentium D 2.8ghz (2CPU'S)
  7. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    CPUZ will show what the motherboard is. Google should pull up CPU support list. Just knowing the chipset and I'd have a very good idea of what will work. That 945 I linked to is probably the best you will find for it.
  8. dobura

    dobura TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok so the mother board is: Intel DG31PR i dont know if the AAD97573-306 have to do with anything but it comes after that,

    The chipset is: Intel /PG35/G33/G31 Rev. 10

    Processor is Intel Pentium D 915

    Hope that helps
  9. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    G31 supports Core2 duo and quads.Finding a used Q6600 would be nice. They can be found around $100 or so now. Even a E6300 is a huge step up from a Pentium D.

    It looks like E6600 are going for about $50 on ebay. That's probably the best price to performance you'll find for it. E8400 is better but going for twice that.

    The specs say the board supports core 2 quads on the 1066mhz bus, and core 2 duos up to the 1333mhz bus. The latest BIOS should support all LGA 775 cpu's but Intel does not say so. In fact they don't even say it supports the Pentium D.
  10. dobura

    dobura TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you so much for you're help, so just to clear things up, i don't necessarily need to change my motherboard right? If i upgrade to the E8400 would i see a drastic improvement in my graphics frames? And lastly, i just wanted to know if you could tell me the big difference its going to make from my old CPU to this current E8400 unless theres a better one than that too. Would the E8600 be compatible as well?
  11. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    I found the CPU support list. The only CPUs I don't see on the list are the extreme editions. Note the BIOS version. CPUZ will show you what one you currently have. Worst case you might need to flash it.
    Anything CPU limited will see much improvement with a E8400.Honestly, you notice a difference doing about anything.
  12. dobura

    dobura TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok, so im not sure how to look at this but my bios model says its:


    Am i looking at the 0065 section? And if so does that mean the 0065 will support anything lower than 0065? Like the 0059
  13. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    0065 will work. You need 0053 or higher.

    SKYSTAR TS Enthusiast Posts: 207

    i don't think that you need to upgrade your cpu , i can play cs 1.6 perfectly on my ancient pentium 3 running @ 550 mhz , 128 mb of ram and nvidia fx 5200 128 mb ,
    System requirement for CS 1.6 :
    Minimum: 500 mhz processor, 96mb ram, 16mb video card, Windows 2000/XP/ME/SE, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: 800 mhz processor, 128mb ram, 32mb+ video card, Windows 2000/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
  15. dobura

    dobura TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Just to be sure Mirob, you're sure that the cpu is the cause of my frame lag? Because i just want to make sure before i go and buy the E8400
  16. Mirob

    Mirob TechSpot Paladin Posts: 478

    The CPU is the weakest part of you computer. It is whole lot faster than the first Pentium 3 with a fx-5200 though. My son plays it with a Q6600 and 4870 and gets well over 100fps. I don't know what your problem is.

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