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is my 8800 GT not strong enough?

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June 17, 2008 6:51:05 PM

Hi,
I've bought a 8800 GT OC card to play Age of Conan. At first it seemed to perform very well, although i felt that it wasn't performing as it should. My specs are.... Pentium D 2.8ghz (dual processor) with 2 gigs of ddr2 ram. Do you think my proccessor is bottlenecking my card? If not, what can i do to improve my FPS... right now, i'm seeing a slideshow of 15-20 fps...... ITS KILLING ME!!!!

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June 17, 2008 6:55:21 PM

this cpu would be a minor bottle neck. Age of Conan is a tough game. you should be alright at 1280x1024 or similiar. what res are you using?
June 17, 2008 6:55:59 PM

look at the charts of the pentium D processor and core2 duo.

pentium D isn't so strong for a 'dualcore' it's a dual chip. 2 pentium4 .

i guess your pentiumD isn't strong enough to give that 8800Gt the full boost it needs.
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June 17, 2008 6:58:34 PM

Yeah, my chip has a fsb of 800mhz, thought that would be enough to run it. So you all are saying it isn't enough? I've heard stories of people running less and still getting a way more fps then what i'm getting.
June 17, 2008 7:01:03 PM

on the same game as you compare it with?

and on what ress, settings are your options in game?
June 17, 2008 7:03:23 PM

A new CPU can help hugely as I have found out upgrading to a Q6600. The Graphics card is the same (2900XT), but where my old 4400+ X2 was choppy, having faster CPU power has helped dramatically in some games. GPU's usually have the greater effect, but never underestimate what a faster CPU can do.
June 17, 2008 7:13:53 PM

I'm running the game at 1440x900. I've found that running it at a lower res does nothing at all. Also lets say i need to upgrade the cpu... any recommendations? My mobo is 775 socket.
June 17, 2008 7:38:25 PM

what brand? you need to look up wich Rev it has and wich cpu's it supports.
June 17, 2008 7:50:20 PM

Since you have a Pentium D your mobo most likely dont support the new dual cores. Old pentiums have the pins on the cpus, the new setups have the pins in the mobo.

You can get a e21xx cpu and a good mobo for $170. You'll probably want to get new ram as well.
June 17, 2008 8:15:05 PM

new pins in the mobo? how come my p4 can be supported on a newer p5k eu mobo? is there something between ? (newbe question)
June 17, 2008 8:23:08 PM

My bad I was looking at a P4 I got here but I just realized it is a socket 478. All 775 cpus should be pinless.

You still need to make sure the mobo you have supports it.
June 17, 2008 8:25:50 PM

i thought so :p 
June 17, 2008 8:46:24 PM

What motherboard is it? I'd bet your setup could support a better CPU. You'd have to check with your Motherboard documentation to be sure. If you have a 945 or better chipset, most likely you'd be able to use a a 65 nm Core 2 Duo with, at worst, a BIOS update. It might not support a quad-core though.

The LGA 775 socket is what Intel still uses for the latest Core 2's. I'd pick up a Pentium Dual-Core E2180 (uses the same Core 2 Technology) or something even faster if you can. I think you'd notice a big difference.

I have the 8800 GT as well with a Core 2. It hasn't really slowed down for anything yet.
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