I bought this card with the intention of playing the latest and greatest games smoothly.
This is my set up, newly built myself:
ASUS M2N4 sli mobo AMD X2 6000+ cpu Hyper 570W PSU geforce 8800gts 320mb video card 2gb PC5300 RAM (2 x 1gb) 160gb samsung HDD ASUS 18 x dvd unit 2 x 120mm case fans (one blowing in at bottom, one blowing out at top)
I'm running Vista Ultimate x64.
I have installed all the latest drivers and updates for the video card, mobo (inc sound), and Vista 'hotfixes'.
My framerate is still not smooth. It is driving me mad!
I thought maybe my card isn't good enough and I should have spent more and got the GTX 720mb version. However, according to the 'Recommended system requirements' on the games I am playing, my set up should be able to deal with it easily.
Apparently, it could be my psu. I've heard that if there is not sufficient power, the video card will sacrifice clock speeds in order to keep the computer running.
Should I go out and buy a 700W psu?
Or will I be wasting my money?
I'm no expert. This is my first time building so I expected problems.
I may be wrong, but the trouble could be one or a combination of the following:
* Have you installed the latest patches for the game(s) you're playing?
* About the latest drivers: try slightly older ones if possible, &/or the UK/international one click here ("Users without English US operating systems must download and install the International Driver available on our International Sites listed below" - from click here)
* Being Vista 64-bit, some other driver issue?
Btw, 2Gb RAM is more than enough with the 8800GTS & shouldn't be the cause of this problem (if that's what citadel was implying!). G
thanks for all of you responces. Much appreciated.
I will try disabling antivirus to see if that makes a difference.
I have followed the links from crossbow7. That forceware patch is already installed and it did help quite a lot. It's just not quite there yet.
The extra ram is worth a try. I will borrow a couple of gigs from my computer at work. If it helps, I will know to buy more. If it doesn't, I'm going to go ahead and buy more psu power. As Ronnie268 said, I will want to upgrade in the future anyway!
Hello mike. I have the hyper 580 a and running a 8800gtx plus 2 hard drives and dvd drive and have had no problems at all.I am also a avid gamer in 2 clans playing cod2 and bf2.I upgraded to vista with all the latest drivers you could think off.I have built many pc's so am not a novice. The performance of my games plummeted from going to vista from xp.It lasted a week then i went back to xp and all is well again. Just a note, there are 64 gamers in our 2 clans and every one of them are using xp. Vista for games, no thanks.
it's probably the psu, my 580 watt hiper seemed to run my 8800gts but when i changed the psu it acted like a different pc. min 21 amps on the 12 volt rail or a dedicated 6 pin pci express rail if poss.