PC Game lag

PC Game lag

PostBy: Dann757 On: Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:23 pm

I pre ordered Brothers in Arms Hell's Highway last year, recieved it only to find my pc won't run it, or COD4. So I got a cheap Asus MB, a P5GC-MX/1333. This board has a PCI Express video card slot. I got 2gig ram and a EVGA brand GeForce 7200GS video card.
I just flashed the bios on the mb to update it, which eliminated a startup error message, but Brothers in Arms lags so badly I can't play it. The mouse cursor lags so badly it's like it has a mind of its own. I can play COD4 but it has some jumpyness too.
The game states it will run on NVIDIA GeForce 6800/7/8/9 series video cards. What is going on? There must be a bottleneck someplace here. Should I get a better video card?
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: spc On: Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:53 pm

I would say it's the video card. Check out this site:

http://www.guru3d.com/article/brothers- ... e-review/5
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: Razzler On: Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:10 pm

Dann757 wrote:Should I get a better video card?


The 7200GS just doesn't have enuff power to run it right.
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: Dann757 On: Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:35 pm

Thanks for the replies. Any recommendations for a video card? Looks like I'll have to drop around $100. I see a few GeForce 9800 cards in that range. That site had a GeForce 9800Gx2 1gb as a top performer. I just want to get the cheapest card that will be adequate to run the game. I was a great fan of the previous Brothers in Arms games.

Also, my Asus P5GC-mx/1333 motherboard states it supports a PCI Express x16 graphics card. I see some cards for sale with the specs PCI Express 2.0 x 16. Is 2.0 a different slot? I'm getting in over my head here......
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:04 pm

I would go for a GTX 260.
You can find them onsale from around $120 with rebates... Well worth the extra coin.

What processor do you have?
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don't get suckered into the neverending upgrade cycle

PostBy: eelhc On: Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:21 am

Maybe not the solution you're looking for but if you intend to spend some $$$ anyway...

I got sick of the never ending upgrade cycle and switched to a console (XBox 360) last year and am glad I did... A console can be had for a price of a decent video card these days and one never has to dicker with drivers, video settings, upgrades... pop the DVD in and it just works. A new XBox 360 arcade system can be had as little as ~$175 these days (if you keep an eye on the bargain sites) and you're good to go for several years at least. I use my PC for web surfing, office applications and light photo processing/editing... Haven't had to upgrade it in a couple of years.

I do realize that these games generally look better on a very high end PC and a lot of folks prefer the ASDW keyboard and mouse controls... but the XBox games look plenty good on a 1080p set and one gets used to the gamepad.
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: Dann757 On: Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:39 am

Thanks for the replies!
My CPU is a 3 GHz Coal 2 Duo--- I mean Core 2 Duo E8400. And I understand the never ending upgrade situation: planned obsolescence. It seems worse when a guy like me tries to be a big shot and save money. I started out getting the game; then realized I needed a better video card, then realized I needed a newer mobo, newer cpu, newer memory.....
I usually use MWAVE, I'll look into that GeForce GTX.
I will definitely look into an X Box-- should have done that in the first place!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: eelhc On: Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:55 am

Dann757 wrote:Thanks for the replies!
My CPU is a 3 GHz Coal 2 Duo--- I mean Core 2 Duo E8400. And I understand the never ending upgrade situation: planned obsolescence. It seems worse when a guy like me tries to be a big shot and save money. I started out getting the game; then realized I needed a better video card, then realized I needed a newer mobo, newer cpu, newer memory.....
I usually use MWAVE, I'll look into that GeForce GTX.
I will definitely look into an X Box-- should have done that in the first place!!!!!!!!!!


It gets more complicated still... Neither your motherboard nor your graphics card supports directx10. So while you are looking at upgrading your HW to directx10, Microsoft, AMD and Nvidia are busy with trying to roll out Directx11 before year end 2009. So once again, you'll find yourself obsolete in less then six months time. If you do decide to go the PC route... wait at least until Windows 7 is released to public (October 22 retail availability).

If you're not a hard, hard core gamer... I'd say have a good look at at the XBox360.... Make sure you buy a new, Jasper chipset version though. My prediction is that there'll be a moderate price cuts for the holidays with some bundling.
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: cArNaGe On: Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:10 am

I guess I'm a Hard Hard Core Gamer.

Tom's Hardware has a nice Hierarchy Chart to determine what cards are better.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/bes ... 362-6.html

My son has a PS3. My other son has a WII.

I just don't like the consoles.

Plus flight sims are no good on consoles.


And no track Ir on console.
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: Dann757 On: Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:26 pm

I just get on gaming kicks and play for a while. No hard core gamer here. BIA Hell's Highway says it will run on directx 9. But it also said it would run on GeForce 6800/7/8/9 series.

I sent for an Asus GeForce EN8400GS 512mb. If that doesn't run the game then I better try to recoup some of my loss on Ebay.

I watched a lot of Utube clips on fixing broken Xboxes-- wrapping towels around them, disassembling them and blasting the boards with heat guns to resolder bad components, taping pennies to the chips, etc.
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: eelhc On: Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:33 am

Dann757 wrote:I watched a lot of Utube clips on fixing broken Xboxes-- wrapping towels around them, disassembling them and blasting the boards with heat guns to resolder bad components, taping pennies to the chips, etc.


That's why it's important that when one purchases an xBox 360... it has the Jasper chipset:

http://www.anandtech.com/gadgets/showdoc.aspx?i=3472

Good luck with the new MB and let us know how it works out...
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:08 am

Hey thanks again. Will reply when my new vid card comes in. I read that article on Jasper chipsets- really informative.
NEPA Crossroads has not let me down yet with all my questions that have nothing to do with coal!!!!! ( Or should I say the decent folks who take the time to help me out!)
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Re: PC Game lag

PostBy: Dann757 On: Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:10 pm

Thanks for all the help. I got the video card today , installed it, and it runs BIA Hell's Highway. A lot of adjustments possible, really neat card for an old man. It was the closest to a really good card at the cheapest price compromise I wanted to make. $45 not too bad. That game will provide hours of escapist fun. Much improved over previous version, but I think the grenades were actually better in the last version.
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