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Hi<br><br>
Well been a couple of weeks now since i have finished my rig and still not totally happy with it. I havn't had a chance to run any benchies so can't post that up yet.<br><br>
So i've been playing a few games on higher resolution to see how well she goes. Really struggles with COH on ultra and even high settings. Also for CSS if i crank the resolution up to 1600x900 with or without AA on it runs okay but when i quit back to windows it crashes everytime, and the screen just keeps trying to refresh when i click something.<br><br>
My first inclination would be that i'm short on memory, although i thought i would be able to run most games well with 1GB dual channel.<br><br>
I've tried different drivers, and currently using the optimised NGO drivers suggested to me off these forums. But still not change...<br><br>
I was at a small lan in the weekend and was outpaced by my friends AMD 4200 loading BF2. He said it was probably because i had only 1GB memory. If i crank up the settings for BF2 with no AA it doesn't run totally smooth and feels like it is always being held back by something.<br><br>
So overall i'm not overly happy with what i paid for so far but understand it can take awhile to smooth out any issues.<br><br>
Am i expecting too much from my new build? Or should i focus on getting 3dmark and running some tests?
 

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All those games you mention rely heavily upon ram. I would definatly say a lack of ram is what is causing the slow down you are seeing.
 

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Yep, 2GB of RAM is a must for today's highly graphic intensive games.
 

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Thanks, at least that is reassuring to know it is possibly a lack of memory and not something else.<br><br>
Some advice one guy at the lan gave me was that because i am running C2D 2gb ram is a must?
 

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2g would be suffice
 

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Agreed ram is extremely important and 1gb is like driving a ferrari with donut spare tires...
 

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Needs more RAM and also a new motherboard. nForce for Intel are crap and since that you only have one VC, why bother with an SLI board? Get an overclocking board.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Agreed ram is extremely important and 1gb is like driving a ferrari with donut spare tires...</div>
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haha love it..<br><br>
Thanks guys <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"><br><br>
Yeah nforce should run okay at stock though? Its just not good for OC?<br><br>
Its just a matter of me getting enough money to SLI but yes eventually i will also get a new OC mobo. But previous advice was that this mobo would run okay at stock? I was getting desperate to get it up and running as i didn't have a comp for about 6 months and was going through major withdrawals.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">haha love it..<br><br>
Thanks guys <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb"><br><br>
Yeah nforce should run okay at stock though? Its just not good for OC?<br><br>
Its just a matter of me getting enough money to SLI but yes eventually i will also get a new OC mobo. But previous advice was that this mobo would run okay at stock? I was getting desperate to get it up and running as i didn't have a comp for about 6 months and was going through major withdrawals.</div>
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That motherboard will be fine for stock and minor overclocking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 

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Yours (ours) is great for AMD... but for the Core 2, something like the P5B Deluxe would be much better.
 

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Thanks again, i'll roll out another gig of ram and fingers crossed it fixes my problems. Maybe i could take it into a store and ask them to test it with another 1gb of ram and if it works i'll buy it off them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Big Grin">
 

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Also, if i change the resolution in game. Sometimes when i am running really high resolution 1600x900 in CSS. I will start to see strange blue, green, red dots on the walls. Sometimes they appear slowly and there are like 1 or two and there aren't that many but the longer i play, more start to appear.<br><br>
Then randomly i will get a graphics problem where i get corners of walls flashing or showing bad graphics. Or a stretch of a wall in the middle of the screen which appears and disappeares when i move around.<br><br>
Hopefully this is to do with the lack of memory as it doesn't seem to happen on lower resolutions. I've tried different drivers so can't be that.
 

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Hrmm... Just found this on the nvidia forums. They say the GPU is at fault.<br />
<a href="http://forums.nvidia.com/lofiversion/index.php?t14226.html" target="_blank">http://forums.nvidia.com/lofiversion...hp?t14226.html</a><br />
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Arrrrgh and another one <a href="http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=16303" target="_blank">http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=16303</a><br />
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Seriously, i hope that is not the problem for me as part of this build i have already returned one faulty GPU and got a refund then bought a different card from a different store. What do you guys reckon? <br />
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Thought i'd post a couple of screenshots of my problem. Could this be a memory problem? or most likely the graphics card?<br />
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Shot one - Random coloured dots start to appear in game<br />
Shot two - graphics start to get all messed up. Eventually gets so bad i can't play as i get random walls appearing in front of me.<br><a href="http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazonaws.com/b/bd/bd02c34c_vbattach33708.jpeg"><img src="http://www.overclock.net/image/id/616673/width/525/height/525/flags/LL"></a><br><a href="http://assets.overclock.net.s3.amazonaws.com/0/02/02ee7f4b_vbattach33709.jpeg"><img src="http://www.overclock.net/image/id/616672/width/525/height/525/flags/LL"></a>
 

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Try testing for stability with ATI Tool. Download it and test for artifacts. If that comes up, you might have to reduce your clocks a little.<br />
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Not sure if it's already been posted, but what are your GPU temps? They could be getting too high and causing artifacts.
 

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What kind of PSU do you have? That could be causing the problems.
 

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okay will do, after about 1 hour of solid gaming the GPU temp hovers around 44-45 so should be fine.<br />
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Since i only have 1GB memory i'm thinking that might be holding my PC back as i seem to struggle with high res games. but still this could be a faulty card.<br />
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The PSU i am running is 520W ATX V2.0 Power Supply (20+4pin Design), Single 120mm fan, PCI-Express ready. PSU Specification: +3.3V=28A,+5V=34A,+12V1=20A,+12V2=17A
 

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Well GPU temp goes down very quickly so you're best checking the temperature WHILE you have a game running. Or was that what you did? If so, that's a pretty damn good temp for a fully loaded graphics card.<br />
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It's true that your PSU might not be supplying enough juice to your card. Can you find out how many amps the PSU has on the +12v rail?
 
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