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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 11:47 am 
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Recently i was playing around with Farcry. I had the settings set at "average", nothing cranked up to the max. I decided to give it a try, cranked everything up to max, then ran the game at 1024x768. I played, but kept skipping around. Same thing happend with UT2004. Ive got a 9600pro 256mb vid card and 1x 512 3200 mushkin. When exiting the game, it also took about 30-45 seconds for windows to run smoothly again. I went back into the game, then alt-tabbed back to windows to watch RAM with norton as it loaded. It sucked that 512 right down to nothing. Figuring video wasnt the problem, i added another stick of 512, 1gig total. Reloaded the game and watch RAM, plenty left over after the game was started. Switched back to the game and it ran completely smooth, as did Farcry. No choppiness at all, no skipping, and when i ended the game, windows was ready to go again in about 5 seconds (im talkin about the delay when you exit a game and try to do something right away)

My point of this post is to let others know of what i learned. Im sure most of it is common sense to some, but i always thought 512 was good enuff for todays games and i stood by that for the longest time. I learned a valuable lesson and thought i would share it for those out there that think like me. That extra stick of RAM made all the difference, i think ill keep that 9600pro for another year or so, or atleast until it wont play the games nicely.

Rick
ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe
XP 2600+
2x 512 3200 Mushkin dual channel
80gig WD 8mb cache
ATI 9600pro 256mb
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sure the extra stick helps specially for far cry. as for your videocard, the aTI 9600 videocard is still pretty good. nice system


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 10, 2004 12:21 pm 
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Yup...it's a hog. The only other one that is a hog for me right now is Lock-On:Modern Air Combat http://www.lo-mac.com

Look for the next wave of games to up the ante some more! I am pretty sure that video cards will house a whopping 512MB of onboard ram soon as well.


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