How can i improve game performance on my PC?

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January 7, 2011 at 16:29:02
Specs: Windows 7, 2.992 GHz / 3070 MB
I have an Intel D865GBF mainboard with a 3ghz P4, 3gb of ram (two sets 1gb+512mb dual channel), HIS Radeon HD 4670 AGP graphics card with 1gb onboard memory, running windows 7 all bundled up in a cooler master case that is ALWAYS running cool. The computer runs just fine with everything else i do.. super smooth.. super fast. it's when i get into gaming (Fallout, Counter Strike, etc.) that it starts getting "glitchy" and starts skipping frames and what not. I have looked into overclocking the CPU but this is a Prescott p4 and with this motherboard it isn't possible. The video card can be overclocked (tried this), but it doesn't improve performance much. Any help that can be provided, settings that need to be tweaked.. anything.. would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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#1
January 8, 2011 at 00:54:07
Those games u mentioned should run fine on your system. There's driver issues with hd 2000 and 3000 and 4000 agp series. Download the v-card driver from ATi website and install it without catalyst.

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#2
January 8, 2011 at 07:41:10
Which graphics drivers are installed now? Generally the ones that are shipped with the card will work properly but they may be a bit outdated.

The graphics series mentioned by kuwese were designed for the PCIe format. AMD/ATI retrofitted them to AGP cards but there have been a lot of issues. Try installing the ATI Hotfix, then install the latest video drivers.

http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticle...


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#3
January 8, 2011 at 09:57:43
i installed the drivers off the cd that came with the vid card. i will check that hot fix and also check for the latest drivers from the website also. i'll post back here once i've updated. thanks.

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#4
January 8, 2011 at 12:47:16
so i uninstalled all the drivers and ATI software and downloaded the driver direct from the HIS website and the hotfix from the link above, did express installs, havent messed with the catalyst center but i dont think it's possible to install without the catalyst. i am still receiving "the glitch" really bad in fallout new vegas (checked the website for system requirements and according to them my cpu isnt cutting it.. they recommend a dual core 2.5ghz) even with running on tweaked MEDIUM settings.. when i let it auto configure itself it sets itself to HIGH but won't run smooth on that setting. counter strike seems to be running a little bit better with a few tweaked settings. but is there something i'm missing as to why this is running glitchy in fallout new vegas? could it possibly just be that my cpu is old? im kind of at a loss because this is supposed to be an HD graphics card but if im running the settings i was running with my Nvidia geforce 6600, doesn't seem so HD to me.. anything else i could possibly do? i run Tune-Up Ultilites also on my computer but i disabled the live optimization and that seemed to help a little bit.. dont know if that would affect much but just thought i'd include that.

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#5
January 8, 2011 at 18:16:25
sooo,, i figured i'd give it a try with counter strike raising EVERYTHING to MAX and it actually worked.. game runs super smooth now with no glitching at all (not sure how this worked out just changing the resolution to max, but it did). fallout new vegas on the other hand.. not so much. raising the resolution helped a bit but im just guessing that game REQUIRES a better processor than what i've got.. so time to start investing. thanks for all the help.

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