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    I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this but if it is GREAT!! I have one question and that is I built a pentium 4 2.8 computer a year ago and I installed a ati x1600 video card. the computer shows that I have 664mb ram. A week ago i purchased a game called Heroes 5, Tribes of the East and also Titan Quest. When I try to play them, I can play but the screen is really jerky and it sucks to play either of those games. My question is is my processor to old, do I need a different video card or do I need more memory.

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    Well the offical min specs are:
    Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP (only) (XP recommended)
    Processor: 1.5 GHz Pentium IV or AMD Athlon (2.4 GHz recommended)
    RAM: 512 MB (1024 MB or higher recommended)
    Video Card: 128 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant AGP video card (256 MB recommended) (see supported list*)
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    DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c or higher (included on disc)
    CD-ROM: 32x CD-ROM (or 4x DVD-ROM for limited edition)
    Hard Drive Space: 2 GB free
    Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible mouse and keyboard
    Multiplayer: Internet connection

    On most 3d games jerkyness is often down to graphics card performance.
    However your memory number looks rather odd what memory do you have in there?

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    Thats what I thought but when I look at system properties, thats what it says. I think it should be 768. Im sure I have a 512 and 256 chip in there. Its bee a year since i had the case open. Originally I had a computer that wouldn't hardly play Dungeon Seige so I built this one, which was my first and everything has been fine until now. I think its either pc3200 or 2700

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    I wondering if you have onboard video on your motherboard and whether it is still enabled and stealing some of your RAM.

    Download CPU-Z CPUID

    Open the exe and go to the SPD tab, what does it say for module size on each slot #?

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    doing that now. will let you know in a minute or two

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    slot 1::::
    module size: 512 mbytes correction: none
    max bandwidth: pc3200 (200 mhz) registered: no
    buffered: no
    Slot 2::::
    module size: 256 mbytes

    everything else is the same

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    memory tab says ddr is the type and size is 768 channels is single

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    Yeh looks like you have onboard graphics enabled and it's taking its slice of RAM for itself.
    You need to go into the BIOS and disabled it.

    If you aren't sure how to do that the best would be to consult your motherboard manual itself to guide you through the options etc.
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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    thanks for your help. I will try that

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    would it help if I got more ram. replace my 768 ddr with 1 gig of ddr2

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    Just adding more RAM won't stop it reserving RAM for the onboard graphics. Also I don't know what model motherboard you are using so it might not even support DDR2.

    Use CPU-Z again, go to mainboard tab and what does it say for manufacturer and model?

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    intel corporation
    model D101GGC AAD35788-308
    chipset is ATI
    Southbridge ATI SB400

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    Quote Originally Posted by cafepunch View Post
    would it help if I got more ram. replace my 768 ddr with 1 gig of ddr2
    Definately not as the DDR2 ram wouldn't fit inside your computer.

    Your first port of call is the bank, see how much money you have available for any upgrades. Your budget should be the key point of dictating what to replace.

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    OK. well I went in and changed the bios setting and now says on the system info page that I have 768 memory. Just tried to play heroes V and still just as jerky as before. So depending on what I can upgrade what would you suggest I upgrade to try and fix this

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    Total system specs would help

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    Re: pc memory or grahics card

    processor: intel pentium D 820 smithfield socket 775 LGA
    Chipset ATI RS400/RC400?RC410
    AWARD BIOS for Intel
    Technology: 90 nm

    Specification: intel(R)PENTIUM(R) D CPU 2.8 GHZ
    Family: F Model: 4 Stepping: 4 Revision: AO

    Instructions: MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, EM64T


    Core speedas typing this: 2800.4 mhz Cache: L1 data 2x16bytes
    Multiplier: x14.0 L1 Trace 2 x 12 kuops
    Bus Speed 200.0 mhz level 2 2x 1024 kbytes
    Rated FSB 800.1 mhz

    Graphics card is a ATI radeon x1600pro pci express 512mb DDR2 ( have updated driver)

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