I’m curious as to whether there might be ways to further optimise the performance for my desktop when it comes to gaming.
I’ve been hooked onto Elder Scrolls 4 “Oblivion” lately, and I know that hardware wise my machine shouldn’t have a problem with running it smoothly.
While for the most part this is true, the game does still seem to be laggy. The “laggishness” is noticeable enough and doesn’t seem to be correlated to what’s happening on screen (high battle sequences vs strolling vs talking to NPCs) – it just happens when it happens. However, it doesn’t affect gameplay at all for me and on the most part runs smoothly.
It’s a minor thing (not bad enough to be irritating) but I was just curious as I was expecting close to flawless play. Also, with an eye on upcoming releases for SC2 and Fallout 3, I really wanted to know if some component upgrades might be a good idea?
One of the things I’ve heard that Vista swallows almost 2GB RAM to run smoothly, although my cpu usage meter is usually around the 5-7% mark (wonder if this is relevant?).
Some have said to me that this tends to have negative impact on gaming performance, as opposed to running the same game on XP.
My current specs are:
Processor: Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (AM2) 2.8GHz, 1MB L2 Cache
RAM: 3GB (3x1GB 667MHz)
HDD: 500 GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon X2400 Pro / 256MB Dedicated
There is of course, the “other” aspect of NVidia vs ATI. I’ve had suggestions to swap the GPU to NVidia, and am considering it. But until now, I’ve not had a problem with my ATI – unless it’s the reason for the less than flawless Oblivion performance now.
Is there a need to whack the ram up to 4gb? and;
Are there methods/tweaks to ensure that Vista runs smoothly (I’ve heard about shaving down the bloatware and making minor tweaks to processes etc, but rather not try it unless I’m sure it’s safe)
Any thoughts would be more than appreciated :)