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Windows 7: how do I optimize my PC for gaming?


30 May 2014   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 
how do I optimize my PC for gaming?

I just installed Watch Dogs and I use low resolution, the lowest options for graphic quality and yet still my screen freezes every 10 seconds for a couple seconds.

I have an Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
and a GeForce GTX 560 Ti

I've had similar problems with the latest games such as AC Black Flag, Crysis 3, etc...
I'm not asking for ways to run the games at max quality, I just want to play them smoothly, even if its low graphics.


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30 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

in short.. you cant. your cpu is rather old and not powerful enough to handle the games.

for games you want a quad core processor, most games have highly compressed audio that is often assigned to one core, you only have 2, which leaves you with one under powered core to do the rest.

your best option without spending loads is to buy a core 2 quad Q9650. it uses the same lga 775 socket as yours, and should be supported by most mobos, without knowing yours I cant say, but a quick google and maybe a bios update later and youll be set.

these go for about 100/$100. it will dramatically improve your gamimg capabilities.. but dont expect ultra settings.
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30 May 2014   #3

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

These new games are written for modern hardware. Whether your hardware is the most powerful of its generation or it is super overclocked or what ever is not going to help you because it is all sorely out of date.
Still, to freeze every ten seconds as if intermittently sounds like a software issue somewhere.
Do not spend money on this computer. If you find a cheap (as in, $5) QX9650 or something then get it and see if that helps but then you risk blowing more money anyway because LGA 775 was not designed to be tampered with after all of these years. The plastic pins might break. Your heatsink might break. Socket pins might bend.

I would suggest getting another HDD of any sort and installing Windows XP or Windows 8 with some base gaming drivers on it just to launch your games on that fresh installation and see if you're still having that every ten second problem then. If so, then you know it isn't old hardware related for sure.
I don't think freezing every ten seconds is normal even for old hardware that is out of date.
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30 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

the freezing is perfectly normal, its affectively buffered. the game loads a small amount which is playable, then the workload to render the next part is put upon the cpu to which it craps a brick, loads a bit more ect ect.

old hardware will play new games, theres just the limit of how quickly it will do so.. in this case very very slowly.

a q9650 will play modern games, so the op wouldnt be wasting money, it will still standup to games at reasonable settings and frame rates.
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30 May 2014   #5

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
the freezing is perfectly normal, its affectively buffered. the game loads a small amount which is playable, then the workload to render the next part is put upon the cpu to which it craps a brick, loads a bit more ect ect.

old hardware will play new games, theres just the limit of how quickly it will do so.. in this case very very slowly.

a q9650 will play modern games, so the op wouldnt be wasting money, it will still standup to games at reasonable settings and frame rates.
But for two seconds every ten seconds at regular intervals across multiple different software titles?
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30 May 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

lol I think the OP was generalising on the lagging not saying it was identical to the second on all titles
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30 May 2014   #7

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
lol I think the OP was generalising on the lagging not saying it was identical to the second on all titles
I hope so. That's pretty scary stuff. I still think spending money that could be better spent on groceries or your children on an ancient temperamental CPU for lackluster gaming is not worth it.
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30 May 2014   #8

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

Have you seen the requirements for WatchDogs? add that to the shoddy and unoptimized state of the game and you have a recipe for disaster. I hate to say it but you need to update your rig or play older games that don't put a heavy strain on the pc... Crisis 3 is a heavy hitter as well.

Perhaps Call of Duty or Medal of Honor is more your style of play with the rig you have at the moment.
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30 May 2014   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

yeah I just looked and the recommended cpu for watchdogs is a core i7 =/ that means its a hugely cpu intensive game! seeings as the i7 has 4 physical and 4 logical cores..
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31 May 2014   #10

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM
 
 

I'm running it fine on an i5-4670k at stock. If games at the moment really needed hyper threading then the developers would be cutting off half of their income straight away.

That being said, the OP shouldn't consider buying Watch Dogs for his PC as there are plenty of still frames already available online, why pay for them?
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