Posted on 2005-03-10
Hi, I have a Dell Dimension 8300 with the following specs...
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
3.0GHz Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT technology and 800 front side bus
512MB Dual Channel DDR 400 (2x256MB)
Western Digital 120GB (7200rpm) IDE Hard Drive with 8MB DataBurst cache
GeForce FX5950 Ultra 256MB DDR 8x AGP
19" iiyama VM Pro 455 CRT Monitor
48x DVD/CD-ReWriter Combo Drive
Creative Labs SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS Digital Sound Card
Creative Labs 5.1 Inspire Speaker System
1Mb Broadband Connection
Most games run perfectly, with all the detail settings to the highest. However, some of the newer games I have, like Vampire: Bloodlines, The Sims 2 and Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault are rather sluggish, even with the detail settings turned down. Just first-person looking from one direction to another is very jerky and stuttery. The loading times from one area to the next are pretty horrific too... especially for Vampire and The Sims. My specs either meet or exceed the recommended game specs for these games, yet I still have these issues.
My question is... can anyone recommend my next hardware upgrades so I can get back to smooth gaming? I'm not sure whether it's memory, graphics card, processor or what, and I could really do with some expert advice.
Thanks a lot! =)