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December 14, 2012 11:53:02 PM

Whenever I check a site that has system requirements for info about what is needed to play a certain game, I seem to meet requirements. But I still seem to have slow down on nearly every game. The recommended requirements for Need For Speed Most Wanted 2 are nearly exactly the same as my PC. My specs are Phenom X4 9600 2.3GHz 8GB DDR2 RAM GTX 650 Ti SSC 2GB. Now here are the requirements for NFS. http://www.game-debate.com/games/index.php?g_id=3976&ga...

When they say recommended, do they mean to play the game at 30FPS @ Max settings? Or for low settings? Because in NFS, I was getting 8 Frames with nothing running in the background on max settings. Any help is appreciated.
December 15, 2012 12:43:01 AM

When they say Recomended requirements, I think it is to be able to play the game "well" at default video settings. "Well" must mean above 20fps - when the picture is not laggy.
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December 15, 2012 12:55:21 AM

Recommended means High while you need a more powerful GPU to take it to the max settings. Your GPU is below the recommended which means medium but I would overclock it by 10% and see if you can play at high without AA's. AA's always kills the NVIDA cards if I'm not mistaken. Hope this helps. Happy Gaming! =D
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December 15, 2012 1:34:01 AM

Adsuki said:
Recommended means High while you need a more powerful GPU to take it to the max settings. Your GPU is below the recommended which means medium but I would overclock it by 10% and see if you can play at high without AA's. AA's always kills the NVIDA cards if I'm not mistaken. Hope this helps. Happy Gaming! =D

Thanks for the help. Do you know how accurate the relative GPU performance chart is for gaming? http://www.squidoo.com/best-gaming-graphic-card

I'll tweak with with the AA and settings. Is it Anisotropic Filtering or Anti Aliasing that kills it? I know MSAA is like the Ted Bundy of settings.
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December 15, 2012 4:05:48 AM

Anytime. =) And from that website? I don't know. I actually use this chart here.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

It's from Tom's Hardware and they do it monthly with different budgets and gives you an idea on what you can get, but preferance is a taste so it comes down to what you like and want. Since Need For Speed: Most Wanted has the same as Battlefield 3, I would suggest a HD 7850 2GB/GTX 660 2GB or your GPU could also be bottleneck which means a new CPU/Motherboard upgrade will do the trick. And I think both kills it. But you could always use the AA's through your GPU Control Center like I do. In my opinion, AA does exactly the same no matter what you use. Hope this helps. =3
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