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Help! upgraded but game still lags

Last response: in Components
November 29, 2012 1:47:48 AM

I have a HP dx 2200 desktop and put in a few parts to upgrade it to what I thought should suffice for playing Diablo 3. new power supply, graphics card and more RAM. Just because, the operating system was just reinstalled and updated to sp3. So the computer is clean of bog. The system now is as follows:

3.3 ghz Pentium 4
2 gb RAM
AMD Raedon R6670 2gb PCIe 2.3 HDMI output
450W PSU
80gb Hard drive
Windows XP sp3 directx 9.0; fresh install

when playing diablo 3 (i.e. not heavy graphics) I experience terrible fps drop when the scenes get busy and especially when loading a new level or area. The graphics seems to be fine, sharp, fully loaded etc. but the game play itself lags and hesitates. I have tried increasing the virtual memory to no avail. and likewise in-game graphic adjustments don't seem to remedy the load times and lags...Please Help!!! I've been racking my head around this! Thanks!

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November 29, 2012 2:41:33 AM

- Diablo 3 is graphically intensive despite it's appearance.
- Try setting your pagefile to 256MB (min/max) and see if Windows complains about virtual memory while playing. (You may have made it too large).
- Try installing GameBooster to disable the 'extra' services that HP install, as that will free 1GB of physical memory for the game.


Windows® XP/Vista/7/8 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0c
Mac® OS X 10.6.8, 10.7.x or newer*

Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+
Intel® Core 2 Duo

NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better
NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 or better

1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista/7/8)

12 GB available HD space
12 GB available HD space

DVD-ROM (required for retail disc versions only)
DVD-ROM (required for retail disc versions only)

Broadband** Internet connection

1024x768 minimum resolution


Windows® 7/8 (latest service packs)
Mac® OS X 10.7.x or newer

Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz


NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 330M or ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 or better

November 29, 2012 2:46:25 AM

Your CPU is holding it back.

A 3.3 ghz Pentium 4 (not sure which model the 3.3GHz one is) should have HyperThreading but does not have two physical cores like the Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+ mentioned in the minimum requirements.

They recommend Intel® Core 2 Duo's and Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ (2.8 GHz) which are significantly more powerful than a 3.3GHz Pentium 4 (despite having lower clock speeds, they perform somewhere between 2 and 6 times the work per clock cycle).

If you're based in Australia I can help you find cheap parts.
November 29, 2012 2:46:52 AM

Going to go with old/slow P4. As above if they say a P4D is needed and you have only a p4, it won't work well. Time for a new machine.