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Frame Rate and Half Life 2

by PressD / February 15, 2007 6:16 AM PST

Hi, I'm really new to computers and graphics cards and what not. What is considered a good framerate. For instance, I have a P4 3.0ghz with ATI RADEON x600 and I get around 28-30 fps on half life 2, it's played around medium. There is no lag, but the graphics look awesome anyhow. Once I get around 25 fps, its starts to lag. I've never seen a game on HDTV with a high end machine, so I'm wondering, is the difference really noticeable?

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RE: Frame Rate and Half Life 2
by acoxon1274 / February 15, 2007 8:26 AM PST

The fps dropping usually means that you are in a section of the game where a lot of things are happening and your computer is working hard to keep up. When you play a section of the game where the fps drops and you feel the computer is lagging, does the lag happen if you replay that section? If it does then it is a section in the game that your computer is having a hard time keeping up. The fix would be to upgrade the computer, maybe more RAM, better video card, and faster HDD. If it does not follow this pattern then you may have a background task happening durring the game play that is slowing your computer down. Investigate what is running in the back ground such as a anti-virus program, an auto update for some program and maybe even a virus or adware program is messing around. See what you can turn off. I believe that Half Life 2 has a FAQ you can check with that can advise you on this subject.

I have read reviews of video cards that run at 70 fps so yes 28-30 maybe slow but I have played on some older system with frame rates as low as 18 and still had fun. Short answer is YES it is noticeable.

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not really
by PressD / February 16, 2007 1:06 PM PST

na, there is no lag whatsoever. I just started learning how to build a computer and later on I'm hoping to spend around 3 grand to build one, but I researched around and the highest gaming machine will cost around 6-7 grand, which is why I think the XPS 710 H2C is a good deal since they overclock it and what not.

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cool, have fun as you learn
by acoxon1274 / February 17, 2007 8:02 AM PST
In reply to: not really

Over the years I have seen the hottest gaming computers become outdated within 1 to 2 years. I tend to wait till I find a game that offers something new that makes me gotta have it. Then I look into what I need to run the new game flat out. Usually, I find that I can run it on a computer I have and then I play the game and see if the sparks don?t fade. If I still gotta have it than I build.

I bought 1 computer with the idea of it being very hot. I had it custom built to order. In 6 months it was old hat because the industry jumped to new slot design for the video slot (PCI was dumped for AGP).

Right now I?m waiting to see if the dual core CPUs are trashed due to a new cooling scheme which is done inside the chip that may make single chip design cheaper and faster than dual core hot design of today. On top of the dual core focus issue I can?t find a comfort point with the new Vista OS. I got the changing tech blues.

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by ubt419 / February 17, 2007 9:07 AM PST

What is linux & do you know of free BSD? From what I know these app.s accomodate multiple o/s and might be useful gaming platforms - from what I know...

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I'm looking into linux as OS and later will look at BSD
by acoxon1274 / February 18, 2007 11:38 AM PST
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I put a Linux version on an older pc as a way for me to get a feel for it. The deeper I get the less I like what I find. Anything Linux seem to lead to out of step position in terms of game play. I have not given up on it but at this point I'm working through a 3 inch thick book on. I had some success with a live CD version but still don't have a comfort point with it. Have you ever gone to

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uhhh what
by keabler / February 15, 2007 10:41 AM PST

hd pc gaming is reallllllly new. only a handful of video cards can run hd, and i havent kept up but i dont know of any pc games that run hd (im probably wrong though). hd gaming is mainly in the realm of xbox 360 and the ps3. as for hl2. its kind of old and the graphics arent bleeding edge any more. even fear is lagging behind but its still a system hog. hl2 is one of the most optimized games iv come across therefore it isnt all that demanding. if i were you i would def do some upgrading if you have the money. online play is usually more demanding so if you plan on getting into that it would be a good idea to upgrade to something that can get the job done a little better

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by Gigity Gigity Goo / February 16, 2007 5:33 AM PST
In reply to: uhhh what

look @ oblivion, f.e.a.r., half life, ghost recon, doom, flight sim x, unreal turnament, quake 4, plent of games... all u need basicly is a sweet *** system and a good game with good graphics

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AND p4 sux... so does x800
by Gigity Gigity Goo / February 16, 2007 5:37 AM PST
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thats such a crappy gaming rig i get 130+ fps in fear full settings @ 1440x900 without vsync on, i dont have an hd display but im pretty sure hd doesnt make that much difference in fps id get maybe up to 90+ fps on 1080p but its pointless since the humen eye sees at 75 fps average. i play all my games @ 75 fps locked, it looks better

i wander why

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