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July 9, 2012 2:59:40 AM

Hello,
I have been trying to get back into pc gaming, (DayZ) however the game has a lot of response delay. I have a decent graphics card, cant remember exactly, but its Nvidia geforce something with a gig of memory. The system is sitting on a 1.8ghz processor though. I am guesing this is the source of my problems. I am looking at an i5 3570k on a gigabyte z77-d3h motherboard and 16gb ddr3 ram. I guess what i really want to know is if this will fix my problems or is it more likely it is a network issue. My net connection isnt great but on local servers I usually have 30-50ms.

Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!

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July 9, 2012 3:07:50 AM

Which EXACT graphics card.
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July 9, 2012 3:20:28 AM

Im pretty sure its a 220 gt, but ill have to confirm when I get home.
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July 9, 2012 7:43:58 AM

amuffin said:
Which EXACT graphics card.

Yeah its a Nvidia geforce GT 220, any thoughts?
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July 9, 2012 8:02:07 AM

Arma 2 CO is massively demanding on any system due to inefficient coding and the massive amount of computational power required for the physics stuff and etc.

You need a GTX 560 or AMD Equiv at bare minimum and a Intel i series quad core (any generation) to even get 30 fps constantly at 1920x1080p.

A i5-2500k and a decent GPU (gtx 560 / HD6870 minimum) will you get 30fps constantly at high settings at 1080p.
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July 9, 2012 8:07:50 AM

Im not fussed about having the highest quality turned on on these games, just want stuff to run smoothly.
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July 9, 2012 8:10:54 AM

Still the same. Arma 2 is just so demanding across the board that you will only see 20-40 fps regardless of settings most of the time (trust me.. i tried ... turned down all my settings and only got a few fps more....).

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July 9, 2012 8:15:03 AM

so will the gear i listed make much of a difference, my main problem is theres a varied delay whenever i try and do anything
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July 9, 2012 8:20:36 AM

Yep dramatic. You'll bump around 20-40 fps with lag spikes here and there when theres lots of explosions and stuff going on. You get used to it but eh... inefficient coding so oh well.
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July 9, 2012 8:25:53 AM

So the GT 220 will do ok? Im not looking at replacing it but I dont want to spend money and get nothing for it. Its a hard game to play when it takes 10 seconds for some things to react. Thanks mate, any other advice others have would be appreciated :D 
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July 9, 2012 8:28:35 AM

That's a really bad card.
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July 9, 2012 10:39:02 PM

That really doesnt help me with my question
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July 9, 2012 11:01:11 PM

Yes it does. The Gt220 is a horrible card.

What you require a mid end card and a processor upgrade to even have anything resembling "smooth" in arma 2.
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July 9, 2012 11:24:49 PM

Could you recommend a good value card then?
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July 10, 2012 1:18:17 AM

Depends on how much you're willing to spend and your power supply.
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July 10, 2012 1:47:09 AM

not a lot, i was planning a few upgrades and now im close to building a new unit
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July 10, 2012 2:27:38 AM

Arma 2 is a very demanding game no matter what and your current system and most of its components cannot play Arma 2 smoothly.

Might as well grab a 3570k / a slightly cheaper motherboard / cheaper - less ram 2x4gb / and a gtx 460 / 560 / hd 6850/6870.

You can probably make due with 6770/ 6750 or a gtx 550ti at lower resolution and detail.s

My i7-920 with a gtx 260 goes 20-40 fps on medium / high settings at 1920x1080p. Tested my mates gtx 460 768mb a while back and averaged ~26/45 at the same settings.

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July 10, 2012 2:46:22 AM

thanks for your advice mate, ill have to run up some prices, and check my psu
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July 10, 2012 7:31:14 AM

No problem. I play Dayz as well and it stutters every now and then especially when im using melee or zombies get close. You'll have fun! Just avoid the bandits and trolls...
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July 10, 2012 7:55:54 AM

sorry to be a pain, but how much of a difference is there between a 550 and a 560, looking at about $60 difference.
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July 20, 2012 5:26:23 AM

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