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I just bought a gateway yesterday as I dont have the time or money to build a beast but I am enjoying it so far. Is this an OK system, I bought a 580 watt PSU at the same time but im not sure if this comp really needs it or not, so i havent put it in yet. As I am new to the whole Vid card thing I am wondering what I can do to see of my card is performing well or not. I dont know what the temp is or anything like that because I dont know how to check that lol. Any advice or recommendations would be appreciated.
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1st of all welcome to OCN, if you haven't already done so you can download the 8.6 hotfix driver http://support.ati.com/ics/support/d...estionID=35298 and you can either test by playing some games to make sure its performing well. Make sure you plug the 6-pin PCI-E plug into the video card, I usually run fraps in the background to see how my fps are like with different drivers and overclocks.

Some things worth mentioning now is you may want to use driver cleaner pro/driver sweeper in safe mode after an uninstall if you ever want a clean uninstall of your current drivers to update to a newer one.
Edited by VinhDiezel - 6/28/08 at 6:12pm
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Well, your sig rig is rather...nondescript about your RAM speed, but it's a start. If you have the CCC downloaded from ATI/AMD, it has a temperature gauge you can check in case you're worried. That PSU should be fine, depending on how many amps is it rated for.
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Ty, I have played COD4 at max settings but havent adjusted anything in Catalyst such as AF and AA and all that, im not sure how many fps i was getting but it looked good to me. Should I turn up AA and AF and all that? (I am not really sure what all that stuff does) I will DL Fraps because I am curious as to what my FPS is.
Edit, Also I will try and give more detailed Info in my sig soon, I'm doing some cleaning atm
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you can download fraps from here to check your FPS in offline single player mode and other offline games in general.

http://www.fraps.com/download.php

just run it in the background while you play COD4
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Gateway?! *dies on the inside*
 
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Gateway?! *dies on the inside*
yeah i know, Ill put it this way, the last build i did I went MMX because that was the thing to do at the time. So its been a long time since have even done so much as install a vid card. This comp is just a temporary thing as i want to build a new computer soon. This one will be the wife's in about 6 months. I'm just trying to catch up on the times. =D

I asked this in another thread, but should I delete my old drivers before installing the hotfix?
Edited by nme1imo - 6/28/08 at 6:24pm
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I never understood why people ask if they made a wise purchase, instead of seeking advice beforehand.

The PC looks decent, but without listing the price and every spec the term "good" is up for grabs. I'm willing to bet you paid more for your Gateway than a similarly performing custom built PC. Unless you've never built a PC before, it shouldn't take you more than 30 minutes to build one.
    
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Originally Posted by VinhDiezel View Post
you can download fraps from here to check your FPS in offline single player mode and other offline games in general.

http://www.fraps.com/download.php

just run it in the background while you play COD4
Or you could not download that at all and use the console command, /cg_drawfps 1. It'll put up your fps in the top right corner and color codes depending on the quality of your fps. If you're not at at LEAST 60 the whole time, turn down some settings. Many FPS guys swear by 125fps, and I am no exception, but you'll get image tearing and lag if you drop below 60.
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Originally Posted by grmnasasin0227 View Post
Or you could not download that at all and use the console command, /cg_drawfps 1. It'll put up your fps in the top right corner and color codes depending on the quality of your fps. If you're not at at LEAST 60 the whole time, turn down some settings. Many FPS guys swear by 125fps, and I am no exception, but you'll get image tearing and lag if you drop below 60.

lol 60... you can't tell the difference between 33 and over 9000
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