bottlenecking?

i just bought Lord of the rings: battle for middle earth 1, and im running it on high settings, but it lags in big battles; the system requirements are...

1.3 GHz processor
256mb ram
geforce 2 gts or better

i have...

Amd 1.6Ghz
1 gig 266mhz ram
xfx 7600gt 256mb

is the reason for the lag my processor bottlenecking my graphics card? i only have 18% free Hardrive space left is that it? would a disk defrag help?
any suggestions or advice would be very helpful. i dont think this game is suppose to lag on my PC, im lost...
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  1. Is that min system requirments? Some games specify min system requirments and recomended requirments while others only have requirments.
    Take oblivion for instance

    Recommended:

    3 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
    1 GB System RAM
    ATI X800 series, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series, or higher video card

    Minimum System Requirements:

    Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows XP 64-bit
    512MB System RAM
    2 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
    128MB Direct3D compatible video card
    and DirectX 9.0 compatible driver;
    8x DVD-ROM drive
    4.6 GB free hard disk space
    DirectX 9.0c (included)
    DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
    Keyboard, Mouse

    Thats quite a differance so if it is min requirments you posted then its pos that in a big free for all the cpu is having trouble keeping up.
    What res are you playing at?
  2. im playing at 800x600, the game was made in 2004, so i thought my 7600gt would be considered a high end card, and my processor would pass as alright : (, does any of it have to do with that i have only 5 GB memory free?
  3. You need to switch to a higher resolution. At 800*600, the game is more CPU dependant, and having a AMD 1.6 (I'll take a shot in the dark and say you have an Athlon XP 1400+) is your bottleneck. Increase your resolution to 1280*1024 and you WILL see a performance boost since your card has 256MB onboard RAM. Your system ram is fine
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