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Hesitation during gameplay - CPU, Memory, or Video Card?

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December 30, 2005 12:46:44 PM

-P4 3.0 GHz HT
-Intel 915GEV Mobo
-BFG 7800 GT OC 256MB DDR3
-2x512 PC5400

While playing GUN or DOOM3, there is sometimes a hesitation during gameplay. It happens in DOOM when a hell-fiend is a bout to appear or in GUN when I enter a new part of town. I'm running both games at 1600x1200 and they are "beautiful." The frames rates are great, so I don't think it's the video card.

What should I do: increase Memory, turn down resolution, or get a new processor?

I've tried OCing the processor, but apparently doesn't allow this. I can adjust the Memory settings, but it won't let me change the FSB speed.

Thanks.
December 30, 2005 2:19:56 PM

That may possibly be your hard drive loading the models for the hell-fiend. I haven't played D3 single player yet (mostly multiplayer). As for GUN, that could also be the hard drive loading up a new part of the map.

All your other specs look pretty good to me.
December 30, 2005 2:34:59 PM

I agree, this is HD access, however it may be due to lack of ram. 1G is good, but with games that big it may cause the odd blipp here and there.
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December 30, 2005 2:41:59 PM

So what should I try first -> new HDD or more RAM? It'll probably end up costing about the same. I did try defragging yesterday, but it wouldn't do it because I only have 10% of 112GB left.
December 30, 2005 2:43:53 PM

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So what should I try first -> new HDD or more RAM? It'll probably end up costing about the same. I did try defragging yesterday, but it wouldn't do it because I only have 10% of 112GB left.


That would probably be the reason
December 30, 2005 2:47:11 PM

Before you spend money, try this. Free up some space and defrag completely. Worked for me when playing X3 on only 512 ram.

I also recomend getting diskkeeper, it's an 'upgrade' to the windows defrag program.
December 30, 2005 2:49:35 PM

You could always temporarily disable virtual memory, reboot into safe mode and do a defrag :) 
December 30, 2005 2:53:01 PM

Ok, I'll try tree to free up some space and then defrag. If that doesn't work, I'll consider other options.

Thanks for everyone's help.
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