radeon 9200 far cry problems

By spenj · 9 replies
Feb 28, 2005
  1. i just got myself a new base unit its am64 3000 ,and i have a radeon 9200 256s mb card and i am having trouble getting far cry to play propley. The game plays alrite on the lowest settings but when ever i get in a vehicle and knock into somthing the game slows down to an unplayable speed. any help would be much appreciated. cheers
  2. shadow_29

    shadow_29 TS Rookie Posts: 211

    your pc has a case of bottlenecking it seems.just because the video card has 256 mb of memory doesnt mean its a fast one.farcry is a demanding game and what you're describing is quite common in the game with your settings.you've paired of an amd 64 3000+ cpu (very fast...very powerful)with a weak graphic card like 9200,having 256mb doesnt make it a fast card it only helps load more texture into its memory.however you might want to ensure that there is no background program running that might be hogging your systems resources.but like i said your cpu and video card are creatin a bottleneck.

    also how much ram do you have?,that also an essential component and might cause some issues.
  3. spenj

    spenj TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have 512mb of ram currently and my os is xp pro. Can you recommend an alternative graphics card preferably somthing that won't cost the earth .Cheers mate !
  4. shadow_29

    shadow_29 TS Rookie Posts: 211

    you'll have to give an idea as to how much you're budget is?do you have a crt monitor or an lcd one?which games are you planning to run and lastly how much memoy do you want?
  5. spenj

    spenj TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ideally around the £100 mark . Would consider putting in another 512mb if it could improve the performance substantially.
  6. Wotrop

    Wotrop TS Rookie Posts: 72

    Well No

    A good card aint cheep. Check your buget. A NV 5500 OC is about 200$ that is (prob) the best pair up with your 3000+. And by the way XP makes your computer run like trash. Go win 2000 it's your best bet for gaming.

    I recomend:
    NV 5500
    NV 5500 OC
    ATI 9600
    ATI X300
    ATI X600

    If you have PCI E go for the ATI X series. Their around 100$ amarican/canadian :D
  7. Wotrop

    Wotrop TS Rookie Posts: 72


    512 megs is fine. It's all you will need for a year.
  8. shadow_29

    shadow_29 TS Rookie Posts: 211

    now i cant give you the exact amount in pounds but i'll try and tell you video cards in 150$ range.a good one would be

    from nvidia-
    fx 5600
    fx 5700
    geforce 6600 agp(might be a bit higher than your budget)
    geforce 6200(not the turbo charge version)

    from ati
    radeon 9600
    radeon 9550
    radeon 9700
    x300/x600(if you can find an agp version)

    well you can get any of these cards with atleast 128-256mb of video card memory.i dont think there is any need to buy more ddr ram(512mb) now,you might consider this when you have some spare cash.thats pretty much it,not exactly sure about uk prices but they should be close.the geofrce 6600 agp version, if you can find around your budget or even a bit higher would we well worth it.

    to wotrop,..........which cards are you reffering to when you say nv 5500,i've never heard of them.there is a geforce 6200,6600,6800.are you by any chance refrerring to any of these or the gpu models.
  9. Wotrop

    Wotrop TS Rookie Posts: 72

    GF, NV it's all the same. Just sell your 9200 on ebay. and the GF 6XXX series is a bit expensive for the young fellow. If you have just built your Computer, get a better card.
    Otherwise I would recomend the fallowing rig:

    MSI RS480M2-IL
    Athlon 64 3000+
    Sapphire Radeon™ X600 Pro 128MB
    Kingston or OCZ ram (512)
    Any ATX case should be ok
    160 gig (ata) HDD
    DVD & CD drives
    Any old floppy
    SB live 24 bit

    Always trust techspot to give you a good rig.
  10. Wotrop

    Wotrop TS Rookie Posts: 72

    oh and shadow

    Lota good cards only sold in canada my brotha.
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