Ok, so I just recently built myself a new pc, and I gave my old rig to my stepson so he can get into some pc gaming. I bought BC2 for him over the weekend and it runs pretty horribly on the old system. Here are his specs:
AMD Athlon 4400+ (stock speed)
2 gb kingston value ram
Asus a8n sli platinum (i think)
8800gt 1 gb (i think)
This rig seems to handle a lot of newer games at decent settings. However, is there anything here that I can replace to help make BC2 run better? I'm guessing not since it's a very dated setup. I'm thinking he biggest problem here is the cpu, but it's a dual core, so that may not be too bad a bottleneck? If I can get by with upgraded components in the $300 range I'd be happy, but I'd obviously like to spend less. Thoughts? I'm going to try forcing dx9 tonight prob.
If you're still having problems, I would say it may be time to upgrade the cpu and motherboard.
BC2 is pretty cpu intensive, and is optimized for quad core. i know on my machine, I am lucky to get 20-30 fps, with everything on low at 720p.
I don't know much of anything about AMD, otherwise i would be happy to make recommendations, all i can say is upgrading to a quadcore should really help out. Looking at the EA forums, there are people who have upgraded from dual to quads and seen their framerates double.
The resolution is just 1280x1024 on a 19". Yea it's an Athlon 64 4400+ non-oc'ed. I'm not sure I want to try OCing it as I'm contemplating just building him a new rig. I'll be doing some pricing pretty soon, but it def. won't be anytime soon I can drop $500 on a new pc for him. Maybe xmas lol.
Might as well get the 2.9 GHz Athlon II x4 for $30 less. <like mrClean's combo>
The only difference between the Athlon II and Phenom II is a level 3 cache, which has minimal impact on gaming performance.
If you are running a 64bit OS then 4GB RAM will be much better.
Well after a few tweaks to the settings.ini file, I was able to increase the fps for bc2 to about 30-40fps, even with this old rig (of course everything on low). My setpson is happy enough playing the game without it being super choppy, so for now, the old rig will do. I'll still most likely be building him a rig with the parts listed above, but for now I'll save the $300 for a rainy day.