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Counter Strike runs poorly on a powerful machine...

Counter Strike, Counter Strike: Source, Ricochet, Half-Life, etc. (all steam games) are running very poorly. During the stress test I get 137FPS & my latency is below 60. But it's still choppy when I turn or shoot to the point of being unplayable. My FPS drops down to about 25 whenever I turn.

My specs:

EVGA 750i FTW mobo.
Nvidia 8800GTX 768MB   Driver (
4GB G.Skill RAM.
Silverstone 800W PS.
Vista Ultimate x64 w/ SP1

I've ran many games @ max settings, including Age of Conan. But Counter Strike games are just awful. I'm using DX9 for the game and the recommended settings.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Hi there,

What do you mean choppy?  Given that this game is years old, maybe the graphic itself is not up to expectation?

Is there anything running in the background when you were playing?

Try updating to the latest directx? http://www.gamesforwindows.com/en-US/AboutGFW/Pages/DirectX10.aspx

Lastly, go to Start -> run -> and type 'dxdiag'.  It should start a diagnositc tool.  Run those test, and see if it catches any errors.

Good luck.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
... Or latest DX9 (updated 6th June 2008) http://tinyurl.com/g7juc
Latest V64 drivers?
Are you using dual core or better? Do you have any affinity settings already set?
Have you tried lower resolutions (supported by your monitor)?

Please post your DX logfile
Derse_ITAuthor Commented:
By choppy i mean....when I turn or strafe, I drop from 137FPS to 20.

I have a Q6600 2.4GHz, so yeah, Quad-core.

I know these older games can't take advantage of multiple cores, but even when I set the Affinity to a single core, such as core#3, it still happens.

I have the latest x64 drivers. I'll post my DxDiag later tonight.

I think DX10 would be a bad move, being an older game and all. I know some people that force it down to DX8.

But...either way, I read people w/ Vista Ultimate & an 8800GTX that don't have problems. One thing someone said is that the GPU may be processing too fast, and bottleknecking @ the CPU. So I tried capping the FPS @ 100, and changing the Rate. One person fixed it by defragging their HD. I ran a forced defrag -w (to get files above 64MB) last night, haven't tested it yet though. It seems like it happens for different reasons, just need to figure out why.

thanks again for all your input thus far.
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Are you running it in compatibility mode. If not try that, seemed to solved my CS 1.6  problems.
Derse_ITAuthor Commented:
Figured it out.

The defrag I was running the other night fixed it. Had to do a 'defrag E: -v -w'.  The -w allows it to defrag all files, including those over 64MB. I'm guessing the issue happens b/c of the way it was downloaded. I used the Steam downloader to get the game, so it was downloading & installing 6 games at the same time.

thanks for your efforts!  ^_^
Derse_ITAuthor Commented:
cool, thanks, I'll check it out.

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