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Built a decent gaming computer and have fps problems

Last response: in Systems
January 27, 2008 7:28:41 PM

So I spent roughly 360 bucks on this:

Card: ATI X1950 GT
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHZ
Power Supply: 430 W
Motherboard: 945P IL9 Pro

When I play Team Fortress 2 there are times when my fps goes down to 12. It seems unplayable because of how choppy it can get. I don't understand it either. I play Call of Duty 4 with almost all high settings and that is perfectly smooth for me. I also play Counter-Strike Source and very rarely if there is enough action in one area it will drop down to about that low as well. It is really annoying. The recommended settings for Team Fortress 2 are:

CPU: 2.4 GHz Processor
RAM: 512 MB
Graphics Card: DirectX 9 capable graphics card 256 MB

I obviously exceed all of those. I have tried tweaking with video settings, resolutions, updating drivers, and even that doesn't help. However, the thing is I shouldn't have to do that. When I am indoors and it's a closed area my fps will be on average of about 40. When I'm outside with lots of people shooting all over the place is when it gets down to the teens and gets really annoying. My only guess is that it's because I have Pentium 4. Is that why?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
January 27, 2008 8:19:20 PM

Cpu is too slow, need to upgrade.
January 27, 2008 8:34:29 PM

So how come they have recommended settings 2.4Ghz. Are they implying duo?
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January 27, 2008 8:51:20 PM

Ghz isnt the only factor in CPU performance... Some models of p4's are terrible with any kind of load. My old P4 at 2.8 ghz was being outperformed in games by old, amd 1.8ghz processors.

Get a new proc...
January 27, 2008 9:22:27 PM

ACoolname said:
So how come they have recommended settings 2.4Ghz. Are they implying duo?


The game was released on October 2007. 2.4GHz at that time meant E6600 or X2 4800+. I don't have benchmarks for TF2 but look at these for Prey:

Your 3 GHz Pentium 4 is around 46 fps there, while the E6600 and X2 4800+ are at 109 and 94.
January 27, 2008 9:29:45 PM

Alright thanks for the help everyone.
January 27, 2008 10:01:39 PM

seems odd that you're getting such low framerates. my fps in TF2 never goes low enough to seem choppy and i only have a P4 2.6, 1GB RAM and a geforce 7600GT, and all at 1680x1050 and all settings at high.
January 27, 2008 10:02:49 PM

Spyware slowing down the PC?
January 27, 2008 10:12:10 PM

x2 6000+
2gb ram
running at 1280x1024.