Pulling My Hair Out!

OK, I just put together a brand new system but my question involves my video card. So if I'm in the wrong section i appologize.

Anyway, everything is brand new, running on Windows 7 x64.

I have an AMD Phenom II x3 with 3gb of DDR3 RAM.

The only thing that is not new is my graphics card (EVGA e-GeForce 6200).

My problem is my wife likes to play a small online game that for some reason moves slower now in the new PC than in the old one with the same graphics card.

I have downloaded the drivers for Windows 7 x64 from NVIDIA but nothing changed.
I even moved the settings for better performance, still nothing.

This is driving me crazy because a little game like this should not be maxing out my system.

There are two things that I can think of:

1. This card is PCI and it may not run properly in an X64 environment

2. The card is PCI and uses DDR2 and I have DDR3 RAM

Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks.
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  1. Why are you using that card? Almost every AMD motherboard has a graphics built in and there's a very good chance that the IGP is better than a PCI 6200. I can tell you for certain if you tell us what motherboard you have.
  2. Everything is fine. I think this is happening becoz of windows 7. My friend moved from xp to windows 7 and his game run a bit slower than xp. I m not sure if it is because of immature driver for win7 or just the older games runs a bit slower in win7. So u have nothing to do unless until they release some good driver updates for win7.
  3. It's a GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P
  4. As far as I know there is no onboard video.
  5. Yeah, unfortunately it looks like you got one of the few AMD boards without an IGP. A shame really.
    Redwine is likely right. The only other thing I can think of is that just the interface of win7 is already pushing your card to the limit of its capability. I haven't used win7 so maybe someone else could try and tell you how to tone things down.
    You may want to consider getting a real card.
  6. blue, do you have Aero enabled in win 7? that's going to use some of your cards resources there.
  7. micro,
    I have no idea. I just loaded 7 yesterday and I'm still playing with it.

    I just don't want to spend the money on a new GC if W7 is the problem.

    It seems to be a matter of having a slow GC installed into new technology.
  8. Yes thats what i m thinking. win7 interface is pretty much graphical and take a bit more processing power and ram than winxp. Ur 6200 is really outdated graphics card. Just grab a 4850 it is as low as $96 right now!! If u really cant squeeze $96 for a gfx then go for 9600gt atleast. it is only $82 right now. dont go anything less than that. If u dont have the money for any of these then wait for a price drop. 4850 is pretty much a high end card meant to game most of the games at highest settings in moderate resolution. On the other hand 9600gt is entry level card meant to game most of the games at high-med settings in low-med resolution.
  9. @bluepan believe me if u upgrade ur gfx u will be more than satisfied. those cards are way powerful than ur 6200. u will have no problem running online games with those cards. just make sure ur internet speed is ok and those cards are going to run the games smoothly like a butter. I wouldnt tell u if it was a waste of money for the upgrade. its like going from a maruti-suzuki towards a toyota-celica
  10. I'm with you redwine.

    I'm certainly not rich, but < $100 for a quality graphics card is worth it to me.

    I'm leaning towards the 4850, so I'll let you guys know what happens.

    Thanks to everyone for your input.
  11. NICE analogy!
    Internet speed is not a problem, I have fiberoptic 10meg.

    We are not serious gamers but I put alot of work into this build and I want to get the most out of it.

    Off to New Egg to shop..........
  12. Here's a great deal i have found for u :D :)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121320&cm_re=9600gso-_-14-121-320-_-Product

    a 9600gso. its gonna burn games in low-med resolution even it sometimes beats the GT version in lower resolution :D only $35 after rebate u cant beat the performance and u wont regret
  13. If u have the money then ofcourse ofcourse go for the 4850 excellent card for that money. Great performance even in higher resolution. This msi one is only $80 after rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127414&cm_re=4850-_-14-127-414-_-Product

    :D enjoy. Any of the two cards i suggested (9600gso or 4850) will serve u excellent although 4850 will be a gr8 future proof for u as u said u dont game too much :D so u wont need to buy any graphics card anywhere soon if u buy the 4850 :)

    Oh another thing i forgot is u need to make sure that u have a psu that can handle those cards. can u post here the make of ur psu and wattage and what amp in 12V railing?
  14. redwine,

    I really appreciate your help.

    You went way above and beyond.
  15. Make sure of that psu!!! The make and model of psu , wattage and how much amp on 12V railing. (thought u may not see i edited my post)
  16. PSU is a Logisys 480w
  17. Do you actually play games? If you've been working with a PCI 6200 I cant imagine you do. If you want to get into PC gaming the HD4850 is a good choice and the best for the money at the moment but whether it's appropriate depends on both what resolution you will be using and how good your PSU is.
    If you don't game and don't plan to something like an HD4650 would be a much better choice as it's smaller, cooler and MUCH more power efficient while costing about half as much. It is even an acceptable(but not great) gaming card for low resolutions. For something similar but actually quite good for gaming at low resolutions there's the HD4670.
  18. That 9600GSO deal is very nice if your PSU can handle it. It's on par with the HD4670 and can be overclocked nicely for even more performance.
  19. PSU came with the case. I'll have to open the case back up tommorrow to get the model.

    I'll post it here before I buy a card.
  20. It's likely their basic model and honestly it looks very cheap and sketchy. I wouldn't try to run an HD4850 on that but I'd think It can handle a HD4670 as it's quite low power.
  21. Is the psu this one > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170018

    If so the 12V has only 16amp(1 12V railing). Pretty much stressed. A 4850 will stress it to its top limit and maybe u are in risk running the 4850 in that psu. If that is the case then go for the 9600gso it will pretty much run smoothly in the system
  22. They also sell a $15(!) 480w PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817170016
    And if it came with the case I would bet it's the cheaper one. I don't think I'd try anything that requires a power connector like the 9600GSO does on a $15 PSU.
  23. bluepan said:
    OK, I just put together a brand new system but my question involves my video card. So if I'm in the wrong section i appologize.

    Anyway, everything is brand new, running on Windows 7 x64.

    I have an AMD Phenom II x3 with 3gb of DDR3 RAM.

    The only thing that is not new is my graphics card (EVGA e-GeForce 6200).

    My problem is my wife likes to play a small online game that for some reason moves slower now in the new PC than in the old one with the same graphics card.

    I have downloaded the drivers for Windows 7 x64 from NVIDIA but nothing changed.
    I even moved the settings for better performance, still nothing.

    This is driving me crazy because a little game like this should not be maxing out my system.

    There are two things that I can think of:

    1. This card is PCI and it may not run properly in an X64 environment

    2. The card is PCI and uses DDR2 and I have DDR3 RAM

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

    Thanks.


    Not that a new GPU wouldn't be a good idea, but...It may not really help your wife much. Moving from the XP TCP/IP stack to the Vista, then to WIN 7, there was almost a complete re-write if how MS handles packets now. Most of the changes were related to security, and were needed, but in some cases the latency to certain sites went up. Some rather significantly...

    A good test, if this is feasible for you, would be to do a tracert from the old system and from the new system. Look at the hop count (should be nearly identical) and the latencies of each hop.
  24. croc,

    That's good info.
    In regards to the game. All the files for it are on my PC, but the game itself is played online. I never gave much thought to packet handling on 7. I reinstalled the driver for 7 x64 from EVGA and the game seems to run much better. However, I will still be upgrading to a new gfx card and PSU soon......that seems like all I can do for now.

    Thanks again for all the advice.
  25. Since we are on the subject.
    Any recommendations for a PSU if I upgrade to the 4850?

    Thanks.
  26. $50 for the psu and $80 for the 4850 so $130 in total. Pretty excellent buy in my opinion.
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