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Exceeding system requirements....still lags

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January 19, 2011 1:34:37 AM

I recently built a pc and though my rig greatly exceeds system requirements for many games it lags.
for instance:
bioshock 2
battlfield:bad company 2
starcraft 2
even games like-
oblivion
& company of heroes.

I played mass effect 2 and there were no problems, but most other games to experience problems despite having better than recommended hardware.

nvidia 9800gt 1GB
intel i5 750-lynnfield
4gb ddr3 ram
1tb samsung 7,200
MSI MS-7638
windows 7 ultimate 64
January 19, 2011 1:36:47 AM

whoops meant to include the windows 7 in the specs not the games....
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January 19, 2011 5:30:45 AM

Power supply?
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January 19, 2011 10:56:36 AM

What about drivers are they up to date??
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January 19, 2011 11:16:45 AM

what settings are you using and what resolution?
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January 19, 2011 11:32:21 AM

When you say lag, do you mean the framrate suddenly drops from 50-60 to around 30? Unless it goes to 5-15 suddenly and stays that way for a few seconds it may just be common.
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January 19, 2011 2:15:03 PM

700w ocz stealth extreme
I should be able to run some of these at their highest settings. but even when i've gone down to medium and even low settings i still get a good deal of lag
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January 19, 2011 2:29:21 PM

Try using different drivers.
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January 21, 2011 6:13:55 AM

trash the junk video card. the days of COD4 type games are over.
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January 21, 2011 4:32:24 PM

Check for latest gpu driver, also a gpu upgrade might be necessary.
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January 21, 2011 4:54:33 PM

swifty_morgan said:
trash the junk video card. the days of COD4 type games are over.




hey, that is the video card that I have: I wouldnt call it junk (LOL). However, I have only an E4500 CPU at stock and run at 1440x900, so the video card is a good match for the system.

However, the OP should definitely get a better video card to go with his cpu. Maybe something like a GTX460 1gb or Radeon HD 6870.
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June 7, 2011 12:57:11 AM

His video card is not the problem. I have the same issue, but my GPU doesn't even heat up when I play some games like Bad Company 2 and Black Ops. Crysis and Crysis 2 run smoothly on extreme settings, but the games with terrible graphics run like sh*t. MW2 runs smoothly, Halo 2 lags even though it is outdated, and my rig GREATLY exceeds the recommended system requirements for every game.
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