i play games on my computer, mostly old ones. i have 6 gb of ram nvidia gtx 265 and an i7 processor(3Ghz) yet the game still seems laggy. solutions? if it helps the game im playing is rome:total war. I also check on the task manager and its only using 3 gb at most. Its not a custom built, just one i bought from alienware and have not tampered with.
That means the most your computer has ever needed was 3GB. Run a few applications at once and it'll probably say it's using more ram.
The gtx 265 isn't a very high end card, maybe you should turn down the graphical settings? How old are the games? GTAIV would be a little too much for a 265.
I have 4gb of ram, that is plenty for me. I can even alt-tab out of any game(including crysis and gtaiv) and get no lag at all going back to the desktop. Get a radeon 4890. Although a $400 5870 would make your computer futureproof!
as mentioned, its rome:total war. yeah gtx 265 sux but with 6 gb of ram you would think it isnt 2 much of a problem. rtw only uses dx9 and (not brag) my comp seems overkill for this 2005 game
Edit heres my dxdiag for the curious:
Time of this report: 6/4/2010, 22:44:47
Machine name: JOE-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100226-1909)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Alienware
System Model: Aurora
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 950 @ 3.07GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.1GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 6134MB RAM
Page File: 2468MB used, 9799MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode
Sorry it took so long to respond this was my first time looking back at the forum.
I just assumed it was a high end game.
Sometimes if a game is running slow and there is no explanation a defrag fixes the problem! Try defragging your hard drive, it might just work.
Otherwise I would recommend just popping a GTX 470 or a Radeon 5870 in there for a cool $400. But it is worth every penny. For the more budget minded you could go with a 5850 for $300 or a 5770 for less than $200.