My friend has problems running a game

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by BowlOfSpiders, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. BowlOfSpiders

    BowlOfSpiders hi

    Feb 10, 2009
    United States
    United States
    Hello. My friend is having a problem running the game 'Amnesia: The Dark Descent'. He has to set all the settings to low so its 75% playable. I just don't understand why he has so many lag problems when his hardware is so much better than mine. Could the problem be the motherboard? Here is a scan of his PC hardware:
    PC scan here
  2. omgdaniel

    omgdaniel Advanced Member

    Feb 10, 2009
    United States
    New video card, get one.
  3. Originality

    Originality Chibi-neko

    Apr 21, 2008
    London, UK
    Weren't we dealing with an almost idential system in another thread?

    The CPU is low end. CPU isn't quite so important in gaming anymore, but you'd need a powerful graphics card to take most of the workload so the CPU doesn't have to. Personally I hate the Athlon series because of how much weaker they are compared to any Intel chip.

    The graphics "card" (as omgdaniel pointed at) doesn't exist. You're using an Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP), which is the lowest of the low end, from five years ago (the nForce 430 is from 2005). Adding ANY graphics card will greatly improve gaming performance. Naturally, the newer the graphics card, and especially the higher up the scale it is, the better it will perform. Beware though that I don't think your system has PCI-express 2.0, which all modern graphics cards use, so you won't be able to get the full potential out of any modern graphics card without upgrading the motherboard. You can still use them, it just won't go at full speed, but it will still do much better than the IGP you're currently using.

    I recommend upgrading pretty much the entire system - the motherboard (and subsequently RAM, although 6GB of DDR2 RAM is still kinda impressive), CPU, Case and the Power Supply Unit (PSU). Of course, that does also depend on your budget, which I get the impression is either low or non-existent. Without more details, that's all I can really say.

    Oh, and in everything I said, replace "you" or "your" with "your friend". I'm too lazy to edit all of that to address your friend instead of you [​IMG]
  4. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    AFAIK only the highest-end cards saturate 1.0's bandwidth.
  5. myuusmeow

    myuusmeow GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jun 24, 2007
    United States
    He has 5 year old integrated graphics which was slow 5 years ago. New graphics card, new PSU, probably new CPU because this sounds like a prebuilt PC so you can't overclock the CPU.