Originally Posted by matman40
My system is as listed below. My computer struggles to get a decent frame rate with lowest settings in bf 2142...except for 2x AA and low dynnamic lights. Im running windows vista home premium 32-bit. Im currently waiting on 3dmark 06to download...wont have scores till approx. 3:30am. Im open to help and all help is GREATLY appricated. Aquamark 3 score- 61,000 overclocked gfx. GFX-12,500 Cpu- 6,200.
Edit-Does aquamark 3 have support for dual cores?
That score is perfect for Aquamark 3. It is a very old benchmark and even newer tech cannot always perform well in it. I get around 50-60K so with an 8500 series card, 61k is prime. And do not listen to this whole RAM bs thing. Yes, RAM makes a difference but for now 1GB should be fine, if you must go for 2GB but I have had 512MB up until last week and the only difference I noticed in Windows was a slightly faster closing time for games. Now I use linux where Wine (helps run windows programs) eats RAM so the extra RAM helped but as for you, you are fine.
Do not expect too much from an 8500 series card, they are budget cards, good, but budge