new guy with new system needs help.

Hi all

I have been out of system building for over 2 years. I decided to go ahead and build this new system with these main parts:

-Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

-MSI NX8800GTS-T2D640E GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

-Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 Allendale 1.8GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E4300 - Retail

-ASUS P5B Deluxe LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

-CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 620W Power Supply - Retail

-OCZ Platinum Revision 2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P800R22GK - Retail

This newer tech is still new to me, because I have not been in the loop for some years. I have always been an ATI guy, but decided to give Nvidia a try for this new system. With the other components, I wanted to get the best bang for my buck.

Perhaps my expectations where too high, but I am not understanding why this rig is not blowing games out of the water.

I have tested Oblivion and HL2 both at 1920*1200, HDR, full textures and all that, no AA though. Oblivion still slows down a lot in certain areas, getting 15-20 FPS (like in towns). I would say average I am getting 40 FPS all around with it jumping up or down depending on the load. HL2 seems to do a lot better, but still slows down in choice areas where there is a lot of lighting (a lot of fire and particle effect type areas).

Is this normal? I still need to learn the ins and outs of this 8800, but I was expecting a lot more stable FPS in games. Is there any tips or tricks or tweaks anyone can give me?

Sorry for the long post

Thank you for your time


forgot to mention i am using winXP with SP2 all drivers are up to date for everything
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  1. Are you running the rig at stock speeds? Maybe your bottleneck is the 1.8g cpu?? With parts like those you should be well into 2Ghz.
  2. 1900x1200 is a really high resolution, the video card has to draw a lot more pixels than it does at lower resolutions. Someone else would have to point out the math here, but it's ALOT more pixels.

    Run some benchmarks and compare your system to similar systems to see if you are getting the performance you should.
  3. i am running at stock speeds.

    i have never OC'ed any of my rigs before, but have been thinking about trying it with this one. I need to do some research though, i am not sure how to start OC'ing with this setup.

    thanks for the reply guys.


    the e4300 has the same multiplyer as the e6600, so use that part of the guide.

    With you RAM, you should easily be able to OC it to 3ghz at least

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