CPU + Graphics and Gameplay

AMD_Man

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Hey guys, I haven't posted here in the longest time. That's probably because I've been saving up some money for university over the past year or so and I haven't bought any new computer components. I'm moving in on campus at the University of Waterloo next week. I'll be studying software engineering.

In any case, I decided to use some money for upgrades to my computer. My computer specs used to be as follows:

Pentium 4 2.26GHz
Abit TH7-II-RAID
512MB RDRAM
80GB WD 7200RPM 8MB cache HD
Radeon 8500 64MB DDR
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz

I bought these components over 2 years ago.

Last week, I bought a Radeon 9800Pro 128MB DDR to upgrade my system. I also picked up a copy of Doom3 and Call of Duty.

Interestingly enough, even though I know the graphics card can handle maximum quality at 1024*768 on Call of Duty and High Quality in Doom3, I get a lot of stuttering. Apparently, there's a lot of disk access going on with my 512MB RAM. Decreasing texture quality a notch in either game fixes the stuttering. However, neither the CPU nor the graphics card seem to be the main culprit for the stutter. So just as a word of advice for people building new systems 1GB RAM will make a difference.

I'm planning on buying 1GB DDR400 and a new motherboard soon.

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Well at least for Doom3, you need a 256meg card to play high Q without stuttering. D3 use a really large amount of Video Ram for textures, at medium quality most of it is compressed and will fit in 128meg. The stuttering is probly caused by your system try to swap textures from hd/ram/graphic card ram....

For call of duty I really dont know.

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AMD_Man

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I know for a fact that lots of people run Doom3 in high quality on a 128MB Radeon 9800Pro and experience no stuttering. AGP Texturing swapping between video RAM and main memory shouldn't cause too much of a slow down, the major slow down is the hard drive. The same goes for Call of Duty, when Textures are on Extra, you'll get a bit of swapping too.

I had the same problem with my old Athlon system and Medal of Honor when I had my Radeon 8500 in there and 256MB RAM. Lots of stuttering. With another 256MB, the stuttering was gone.

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Oh I see, havent even tryed High Q on my system ill check it out.

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juin

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It will be good to look at how much ram your systemes use when playing DOOM3 task manager can help you and in some time a extra 50 MB can solve.Just closing every apps including Explorer.

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