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PLEASE HELP. CPU, GPU, and memory. Whats the best combo?

by jameshcarney / January 17, 2006 4:16 AM PST

System: Gateway 450ROG XL; xp pro; intel pentium m 1.8ghz; 768mb ram; ati mobility radeon 9600 (256mb).

System capable of 2GB memory, but is it worth it? Are the CPU and GPU worthy of 2GB? Gateway is currently selling 1gb sticks for $150 each. If 2gb is overkill, what might be the optimal configuration for my system? Thanks for the help.

Jimz

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Why change anything?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2006 4:19 AM PST

Nothing in your post shows where more RAM would pay off.

Bob

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Nail on the head?
by jameshcarney / January 17, 2006 4:39 AM PST
In reply to: Why change anything?

As a college student I NEED the wirelessness of a notebook and WANT the ability to play graphics intensive games. If more memory wouldnt make much of a difference, then you've answered my question exactly. Thank you.

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Which game?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2006 5:15 AM PST
In reply to: Nail on the head?

BF2, Quake 4 will like 1.0 GB of RAM. But you'll want a nice dedicated RAM video card with 128 or 256 RAM too.

But you didn't mention these games. Older ones will run just fine on 512M

Bob

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My gaming preferences
by jameshcarney / January 17, 2006 8:39 AM PST
In reply to: Which game?

Currently I am working on Call of Duty 2, I play Combat Flight Simulator casually, and the Half Life series and Counter Strike are always installed... Spinter Cell, Max Payne... mostly FPS and maybe racing and flight sims. As configured now, I run CoD2 smoothly at 800x600, but 1024x768 gets really slows down in large firefights.

I know I could get on alienware, flush 5k, and run the games great, but what are the core components for a decent frame rate and resolution? Is my cpu just too slow, even with the decent ati card and a gb of ram?

Specs: gateway 450rog xl; xp pro; intel 1.8ghz; 768mbRAM; ati mobility 9600 w/256 dedicated.

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That's the video card.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2006 9:02 AM PST
In reply to: My gaming preferences

My son had COD2 on a 512M RAM machine and it's ok at 800x600 but he has a 256M Video Card. Adding more RAM will not fix the display card.

Bob

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