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Ok, So I doubt this is the right place, But it seems it fits best here....

My CPU is roughly 2 years old. P4 3.0 HT 1gb ram and I THINK has a 256mb Nvidia GeForcee 5600 ultrs?

Anyway, Its custom built (Not by I) when I told the guy to build it,I told them I wanted it for "Gaming"

Too bad I didn't know then what I know now....Btw its AGP, Not PCI Argh!

Anyway, I cannot play a single game w/o problems. FPS is horrible. Ive even tried SimCity4, Pearl Harbor, Cabellas...some 3 yo or older, and they ALL have horrible FPS. Even with graphis down, still choppy or unplayable. W/O spending MORE money, is there something that could be done on my end (Hardwarw wise) to improve overall performance? Or am I stuck with buying another video card/Ram? I figured a $2000 system 2 years ago would give me good gameplay...I was wrong. Ive done all the basic stuff, defrag ect so any help/adivce would be appreciated.Also tried updated drivers...

Edited by GdSmck78, 31 August 2006 - 05:43 AM.

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Did this recently start, or has it been slow since you purchased it? When was the last time you took the cover off and cleaned out the case. When was the last time the CPU and GPU heat sinks were cleaned?
Heat is a big killer.
Have you run a test on your memory to see if you may have a bad RAM module?
Try Memtest86 "A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic" or MicroSoft's Memory Test
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