Okay so I have two questions about my CPU running heavy and loud during gaming that should not cause much stress on my CPU.
(Forgive me if this falls under a different category)
I would like to apologize for my lack of computer knowledge in advance. I love computers but am just now starting to get into the tech aspects of them.
Question #1: Could my RAM being 1.9GB instead of the Recommended 2GB cause my computer to be running heavy during gaming?
I guess the reason I ask this is that I'm wondering, could computer be trying to access the RAM it needs and not being able to cause it to run heavy?
I am going to upgrade my RAM to around 4GB DDR2
Question #2:Basically the same as Q#1 but instead my graphics card being less than recommended but still meeting Minimum System Requirements.
So In a nut shell my Graphics card not meeting Recommended System Reqs cause my computer and CPU to run heavy/Loud?
One last thing, is it possible my computer just runs loud and there is nothing wrong with my specs?
Thanks Very Much Please Take it easy on me like I mentioned I don't know too terribly much about how computer components effect performance but am learning more every day.
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 6000+ @3.0GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT 256MB
Memory: 2GB DDR2 PC2-5300 333MHz
OS: Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit SP1
HD: SATA II 500GB
If you have any more questions about my system please feel free to ask.
Well I would say that your graphics card is way under powered by todays standard. 2 GB RAM is fine for most games on a 32 bit system but 333 MHZ is way too slow. Graphics card before RAM in my opinion. If you jump to 4 GB RAM you need a 64 bit OS to take full advantage of it.
I will most certainly put the Graphics card first do you have any Recommendations for mid range graphics cards that will run most RTS games? Such as Company of Heroes(not max settings) or napoleon total war. or if a mid range graphics card will even run said games?
Q1: Not that I know of. Unless you're using part of your RAM capacity for an onboard GPU, which is not possible since you're using a discrete one.
Q2: With that GPU, you can only play light games. 256MB of memory capacity for a GPU is very low, considering current games need at least 512MB. Not to mention the other specs (ROP, shaders, engine clock speed, etc)
Besides the RAM, you might want to upgrade the GPU. An ATI Radeon HD4650 512MB has the best price to performance ratio GPU for the moment. Loud and being under full load means that your CPU does work hard. There's no task sharing, since every part has its own task.
What I'd like to know: What's your definition of medium gaming? What kind of games do you currently play? If it involves anti aliasing settings, I wouldn't exactly call it "medium".
okay so what should i upgrade on my Rig RAM check
i can't afford too much atm my CPU gets rated high at Can you run it(systemrequirementslab.com/cyri) it passes recommended each time on every game so i'm not too worried about should i be?
Start with a new GPU. A decent midranged gaming GPU is going to do you a world of wonders, your 8500 is just a really, really poor gaming card.
Do that upgrade first, and see if it is enough to satisfy you, I bet you are going to be pretty happy for a while anyway with just a new GPU.