PC slows down when playing games..

By Malak
Jun 14, 2005
  1. Hey. Alright, so I've been playing games on this PC for a while now and had no problems. FFXI and recently bought Guild Wars. But all of a sudden, whenever I play games the PC slows down then locks up. I have to CTRL + ALT + DEL out of the game to get the system back, or sometimes even have to manually shut down the computer because it just freezes. I even reformatted thinking it was something with my computer, but it still happens.. It even boots up in the slow state that I tried to get rid of by rebooting sometimes.

    Specs are:
    AMD Athlan XP 1600+
    1.41 GHz, 256 MB RAM
    NVIDIA Geforce FX 5200 28 MB
    DirectX 9.0c, using 56.64 video drivers because newer ones don't seem to work well

    Thanks in advance..
  2. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Guru Posts: 271

    Hey, I remember a system like that!

    I used to have an Athlon 1600+ with a 5200! Man... that was a stable PC. Anyway, It may be time for you to cut your losses and upgrade. I know its a painful wallet hurting thought but trust me. Once i upgraded a bit I was very happy. All i spent was about $300 lol
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