I'm going from a 9600se to the powercolor X1950agp. Big upgrade.
I installed it, set it up, and my system loads up. Wipe old drivers, reinstall ATI cat. blah blah
I go into games, and it performs like total crap. Chop, stutter, jump. I'm worried that mabe I'm not giving it enough power --- is that the effect it would have?
I mean, even on medium settings, its chopping as bad as my old card would at that level.
Intel P4ht 3.0
1 SATA HD
1 IDE HD (disconnected at the moment, to save power)
3x case fans
ANTEC True power 380S -- came with my case.
The card is connected through a 6 pin adapter, the line I hooked it upto has nothing else on it.
I'm really bummed here, i didn't think i was using much power on my system and figured with a decent name brand psu i'd be able to pull it off. I've read other people are using 380's. Whats going wrong?
Look at fortron (fsp group) psus. They are good quality and are dirt cheap. At least in the US anyway. Not so much in AUS, its about $80 here for the cheapest 430W with one stamped out fan grill and 80mm fan (the generic look)
Could just be lack of RAM. Battlefield2 even on medium visual settings needs more than a 1GB. Check your memory usage during the game to see if this is the problem. Also, is your drive access light going nuts in the games? I would think that if it were a power issue your system would just crash in 3d apps.
I know 2 gigs is better than 1, but the game should play medium find with this video card.. its as high end as it gets for agp, with 256 on board... twice as much as my old card, which could pull of medium in the same stutteryness.
The game crashes on occasion too, locking up during attempts to change video settings (not immediately, but while loading into map)