Posted 04 July 2006 - 10:53 PM
So let me begin by saying this.
I have 3 computers. 2 desktops and a laptop.
--The laptop is a Gateway running fine, I use it for watching DVD's and TV and things like that. It's running on Windows XP Home Service Pack 2.
--The first desktop, running on a ATI Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card. This is the computer I've been having the trouble with. It's running on Windows XP Home Service Pack 2, it has a 1.50GHz processor on Intel Pentium 4. 1 gig of ram.
--The second desktop is currently running the smoothest. It's on an ATI Radeon 9550 Pro graphics card. I think it has 1024mb of RAM, but I can't really check right now. It's on a 2.40GHz processor, Intel Pentium 4. Windows XP Home Edition SP 2.
To make things easier, I'll refer to the first desktop as 9800, and the second as 9550.
Now then, I've had the 9800 computer since 1999, and I've been upgrading to it since. When I first got it, it was really nice, it ran everything I needed (I'm a hardcore gamer, and at the time I was addicted to Starcraft, so it didn't require much to run being that it was quite a low spec game.) But lately, I've been trying to run Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike: Source, which as many know are very high spec games. Radeon 9800 should cover that, as I thought. Now then. 9550 can run CS:Source with absolutely amazing results. I can get almost 100 fps without even having to stare at a wall. With the 9800, however, it lags like holy hell. Even if I do stare directly at the ground, not even moving, the highest I'll get is 60 fps. The 9800, as far as I know, is better than the 9550, and yet the 9800 can't manage to run HL2 or CS:Source while the 9550 can run it with ease.
I'm not sure if this is caused by the processor being slow on one and pretty good on the other, or something else. I honestly don't know.
If anyone knows any reason why this is (it could be viruses, but I've ran a bunch of scans so I doubt it) or it could be the processor being only 1.5GHz on the 9800 and 2.4GHz on the 9550. I have about $400 that I'm willing to put into getting this (9800) computer to work.
Any suggestions is thanked greatly, because this has been the only thing really bugging me lately.