Can anyone give me some advice on how to get the most out of my PC for Gaming. My specs are: Intel P4 @ 2.8gHz 500mb DDR Ram 64mb PNY NVidia GF4 Ti 4200 (Graphics) Creative SB Live 5.1 (Sound) 120Gb HD If anyone can give me some tips for getting this to work at it's best that would be great. It's just that I read people on forums with less spec than me who seem to be getting better performance out of their machines. Thanks
Generally they work better if they are the only program running. I turn off everything I can (screensaver, Taskmonitor, Anti-virus, Email, firewall, internet connection etc.) leaving only Systray and Explorer on windows 98 and svchost etc. etc. (there's a list of about 6 I can't remember) on XP.
Do you have a specific game you want to run better?
Make sure in the Nvidia card setup (desktop right mouse click - properties - advanced setup - ti4200 tab) turn off antialiasing so it is off, or controlled by the application, not by the pc.
Turn off firewalls and antivirus.
Most effects that take up most memory etc are lighting and shadows. So set shadows for example in Splintercell to low detail. Draw distance = how far you can see in the distance can also make a great difference if you lessen it.
I am surprised you are having concerns though about this as you do have a fast system. The only thing i can think of is maybe a faster g.card to compliment the processor.
Also make sure you are using the latest via drivers (if your motherboard supports it version 4.46) also soundcard drivers and if you are using XP get the latest WHQL certified drivers from
Also one last thing. EAX sound can take a lot of resources, try turning it off and see. Best thing you can do is experiment. One thing. Unless you have spare money do not overclock your g.card. If you want a faster pc it is better to pay for it up front than force hardware to work harder than it was designed to.