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What else do I need with my Nvidia 9800 GT and AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200+

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November 22, 2010 12:54:57 AM

I have a problem, I am playing a simple graphics game, "Counter-strike 1.6" and I can't stay at a constant 99 fps. I'm not sure if it is my hardware because I thought what I had was good enough for several games. Let me know what you guys think, here are my specs.

My Rig:
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 x2 4200+
GPU - BFG Geforce Nvidia 9800 GT
2gb DDR Memory
450 Power Watt Supply

More about : nvidia 9800 amd athlon 4200

November 22, 2010 2:02:18 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Buwish
November 22, 2010 2:14:03 AM

Well what frame rates are you getting?
Naturally its not always gonna stay so high, being in a open area it has to render more things, dropping framerates.
Also i believe the cmd is "cl_maxfps" Whats your setting for that?
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November 22, 2010 2:37:00 AM

Your gpu is good enough to run games at a high FPS, but your problem lies with the mobo and your cpu bottlenecking. It seems your mobo is only compatible with ddr 400, which isn't that fast as compared to ddr2 or ddr3. If you have the dough go to newegg and get yourself some upgrades. You can find package deals as well to help out your issue.
November 26, 2010 10:01:46 PM

Thank you very much, so what your trying to say is that my GPU is good and fast enough and doesn't need an upgrade right? Because before reading this reply I bought another 9800 gt to SLi it.

Also, by bottlenecking you mean my MOBO and CPU are slowing my GPU down and I need to upgrade them?
November 26, 2010 10:32:34 PM

Thank you very much :]
November 27, 2010 1:44:54 AM

So I've been doing some research and I was wondering if you could let me know what you think about the MOBO, CPU, and MEMORY i'm probably going to get, and to see if it would match up ok. Also since I already bought the extra 9800 GT I will still use them.

MOBO - BIOSTAR T5 XE CFX-SLI LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU - Intel Core i7-870 Lynnfield 2.93GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
MEMORY - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
GPU - BFG Geforce 9800 GT 1MB(2)
PSU - 450 WATT
November 27, 2010 2:29:38 AM

CPU is a bit overkill for gaming, get a i5 760 instead.
November 27, 2010 2:40:06 AM

Yeah, I'm not doing any hardcore gaming really. But what do u mean by overkill, does that mean it might be too much for my computer or that I just don't need it and shouldn't spend money on it.
November 27, 2010 2:42:25 AM

Oh and to answer your question before my frame rates were from 50-99.
My maxfps cmd is at 100. I know about all the commands and stuff.
November 27, 2010 6:10:55 AM

"were" ?? 50-99 will max fps at 100, whats so wrong about that? certainly nothing to get another 9800 over...

And yea, paying the extra 100$ or so for the 870 isnt worth it for gaming.