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Pc has good spec but games wont run smooth

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
September 7, 2010 9:59:05 PM

I've just gone to system requirements to see if my pc will run ''Mafia II'' and it passed all the tests however when I try to play it is far from smooth very juddery and difficult to control anything at all?
I'm running
OS:windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Processor: Intel Quad cpu Q6600 @ 2.40GHz.
RAM: 3.0GB
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 9300 GS
Video RAM: 1.5GB
Hardware T&L : YES
Pixel Shader version: 4.0
Vertex Shader Version: 4.0
Sound card: pass
Free Disk Space: 722.5GB
I pass on all tests but it runs like a dog?
Can anyone please help me out here?

Regards, Matt
September 7, 2010 10:47:10 PM

Everything seems solid, except the 9300GS. That is not a powerful card, I'm not surprised it's having trouble with Mafia II.

Would you consider an upgrade?
September 7, 2010 10:48:51 PM

Try lowering your video settings in the game. Your computer might meet the minimum requirements for the game, but the hardware, specifically the graphics card, isn't exactly the best to use to run the game.
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September 7, 2010 10:51:30 PM

What resolution are you attempting to play on? The gpu is probably the culprit even though it might meet min. specs.
September 8, 2010 1:08:25 AM

I would say that you have Nvidia's "integrated" graphics solution, alright for HalfLife (the original) but not today's games. If you have a 22" monitor (1680x1050) then these video cards are good:
ATI 5770
ATI 5830
GTX 460

Also adding a new aftermarket cooler and overclocking your nice, but aging, Q6600 would give you more oomph as well. This CPU was a favourite amongst many overclockers in the past.

September 8, 2010 1:42:09 PM

Thank everyone for for replying, yes i would seriously consider an upgrade but theres not a great deal of room inside my tower as when i've tried to upgrade a previous Medion pc the Cooler sink was that big the new card wouldn't fit?
Anyone have a any recommendations as to what card i should look for please?
September 8, 2010 3:43:50 PM

Get an antec 300 case and a either a 5770 or gtx 460. Swap all the parts out and you'll be good to go. An antec 300 case is about $50 (US) so it wouldn't be too much more.