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    I went with the 9700Pro, and am fairly pleased with it so far. The only problem is that it freezes up every now and then when playing Far Cry. Is this a faulty card, or is Far Cry just a bit too advanced for the card? I'm playing it on medium settings, and can sometimes recover it when the recovery program sets in, but most of the time it's a blank screen, although I can still get Windows inthe background...

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    I used to play FarCry on a 3GHz P4 with a 9700Pro and it was pretty smooth.

    FarCry needs 1GB really to shine.
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    Ah, that may be it. I've only got 512Mb

    Time to get more memory, I htink

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    Basically, no less that 1GB of ram

    Get it second hand (in the for sale fourm which you will see after u have 30 posts) as there are alot of ram sales at the mo and most ram has a lifetime warrenty.

    Or get some new stuff, unless you want to do any over clocking then just get value ram. The only thing heatspreaders to is protect the ram, they have no cooling affects so dont worry if you are not bothered by looks. I would recomend Corsair value ram available at Scan which you will get free delivery with after you get 30 posts.

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    Thanks nvening.

    The RAM I have at the mo is a 512Mb stick of Elixir. Can I mix this with a 512 of Corsair, would I be better off just getting a 2nd Elixir stick, or should I ditch and get 2 sticks of corsair?

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    Also, could it be the PSU that's causing the GFX card to crash? I've only got the standard 400w PSU that came with my ColorsIt case...

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    Ensure that you have all the latest drivers for gfx card etc and latest patch for farcry.

    Edit: also I seem to recall sound issues crashing this game the same as the original CoD. So swap the sound options around to see if that fixes it.

    I completed farcry with a 9700pro with no issues. 1gb of ram is a must.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger
    Also, could it be the PSU that's causing the GFX card to crash? I've only got the standard 400w PSU that came with my ColorsIt case...
    Could be... what brand? If it generic or a Q-Tec, it could be the problem.

    The RAM I have at the mo is a 512Mb stick of Elixir. Can I mix this with a 512 of Corsair, would I be better off just getting a 2nd Elixir stick, or should I ditch and get 2 sticks of corsair?
    It should be fine just to add in another 512MB stick - I've never had any problems with mixing brands.
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    I've got the latest drivers for the gfx card, but haven't looked for the FAr Cry patch yet. Might give it a try tonight...

    Does memory have to be in matched pairs these days, or does it not matter too much any more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smudger
    Does memory have to be in matched pairs these days, or does it not matter too much any more?
    What exactly do you mean by matched pairs? If you mean in dual channel, then that gives you a small (5 or 10%) boost in performance. It doesn't really matter if the two sticks aren't the same model - they'll just run at the speed of the slowest stick, which isn't a problem if the specs are pretty much the same.
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    Ok, Ta.

    The PSU is just a generic one I think, I got the PSU and case as one package.

    On the memory thing, I'd read people going on about matching pairs and thought it might be a necessary. If it just means the things run at the speed of the slowest, it's probably not a prob.

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    There was a time whenb silly rambus made u use two matched sticks, but now that is not needed. But, if yoy do use two matched ram sticks you can run them in dual channel which will make it faster than normal
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvening
    There was a time whenb silly rambus made u use two matched sticks, but now that is not needed. But, if yoy do use two matched ram sticks you can run them in dual channel which will make it faster than normal
    The sticks don't need to be matched. My sticks don't match, and my PC runs happily in dual channel.
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    Dual Channel is something thats massively over-rated, I find it amazing that so many people still rate it. The differences between dual and single channel are generally about 3-5% in performance terms, its not alot. Certainly not worth worrying about.

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