~oTTer~ May 10 @ 5:55pm
How could I improve my FPS in this game?
[[[[[{{{{{I blame my old computer. It makes every single game I play the lagfest of the century, no matter how low I set the graphical quality, but I MUST play this game! NS2 seems like the most fun anyone could have, yet my computer refuses to go higher than 10 FPS. What could I do to fix this?}}}}}]]]]]
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EDIT: Thanks for the advice and help, everybody. The NS2 community really is surprizingly educated, huh? Anyway, it's fairly obvious that my current Dell Laptop is as useful as an oversized toaster. For me, the whole conversation in the comments below sounds like gibberish. CPU, GPU...
I don't understand a single one of these terms or labels. So now, I have a new question I would like answered:

What brand and build computer do you guys recommend that is cheap yet high-performing and is able to run games such as NS2 and FarCry3 at their highest graphical quality? And how could a kid like me obtain that computer?

Don't think of it as though I only have around $20 to spend, by the way. With Summer coming up and my Exams almost over, I will be able to have time to work at my parent's store and earn about $500 a month. Approximatly. But, I don't want to spend ALL my earnings this summer on the computer. So just throw some suggestions out there (preferably with specs) and I'll check them out.
Thanks,
~oTTer~
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Azure Zero May 10 @ 6:31pm 
I don't think you could run this without getting some form of a hardware upgrade.

If your running a 32-bit OS make sure your at max RAM of 3.3 GB (4GB ram)
If your runnign a 64-bit OS make sure your at 8GB RAM minimum.

Is your CPU is Dual core (Intel) 3.0GHz or better, if not sorry you need a new computer as this game is CPU intensive.
Note for AMD chips you need 4 cores and over 3.0GHz minimum

If your Graphics card is older than a Nvidia GeForce 9800GTX+, you should look for a upgrade there.

Last edited by Azure Zero; May 10 @ 6:32pm
100% Recycled Awesome May 10 @ 6:38pm 
Originally posted by Azure Zero:
I don't think you could run this without getting some form of a hardware upgrade.

If your running a 32-bit OS make sure your at max RAM of 3.3 GB (4GB ram)
If your runnign a 64-bit OS make sure your at 8GB RAM minimum.

A 32 bit OS system will run fine on 4gb+ of RAM, it just won't use it all. There's no performance reduction, it's just a waste of money.

A 64 bit system doesn't need 8 gb to run at minimum.

Is your CPU is Dual core (Intel) 3.0GHz or better, if not sorry you need a new computer as this game is CPU intensive.
Note for AMD chips you need 4 cores and over 3.0GHz minimum

He might be able to overclock to compensate. As well as run the low textures mod.
Azure Zero May 10 @ 6:45pm 
Hence Why I said "max RAM of 3.3 GB" since the OS does not see anymore memory

You don't need the 8 GB, but the 8GB is to hold the OS stuff, steam stuff, and then the NS2 stuff.

Overclocking is risky as you need proper cooling and it increases system instability.
~oTTer~ May 10 @ 7:50pm 
Originally posted by 100% Recycled Awesome:
He might be able to overclock to compensate. As well as run the low textures mod.
How does one "overclock?"
All this random computer talk hurts my young brain. Speak English, people. Please note that I can not spend any money on upgrades or other computer stuff. I had to wait a week just to get the game itself.
~oTTer~ May 10 @ 7:54pm 
But if necessary, I am using a 64-bit laptop with 8.00 GB of memory, and an Intel Core i5 processor with 2.53 GHz.
Azure Zero May 10 @ 8:22pm 
Overclocking can be done with the BIOS and through programs

What's the graphics card / chip?
Is the computer a Desktop or a Laptop?
~oTTer~ May 10 @ 8:26pm 
Originally posted by Azure Zero:
What's the graphics card / chip?
Is the computer a Desktop or a Laptop?
Laptop (an old Dell one, but I think that's just the shell) And I can't find any info on the graphics card other than that it's named Intel HD Graphics card.
Last edited by ~oTTer~; May 10 @ 8:26pm
Azure Zero May 10 @ 8:34pm 
Oh crap, The Graphics chip is the problem.
Intel Graphic chips suck, and they don't perform well for various high end games.
If your lucky an External Graphics Card might fix it, provided you have a good high bandwidth port/connection you can use.
~oTTer~ May 10 @ 8:38pm 
Originally posted by Azure Zero:
Oh crap, The Graphics chip is the problem.
Intel Graphic chips suck, and they don't perform well for various high end games.
If your lucky an External Graphics Card might fix it, provided you have a good high bandwidth port/connection you can use.
Ok, good. I was worried that I would NEVER be able to play any of these games without a brand-shiny-new computer. But an External Graphics Card? Is that just like a USB plug-in thing or is it more complicated? Please explain. Also, how much would this maybe cost? I can't pay more than $100 USD without having to work for about 2 weeks.
Azure Zero May 10 @ 8:49pm 
Information you should look at.[www.notebookcheck.net]

Note This approach requires research on your part, I'm only giving you the starting point.
You'll also need to know more about your laptop to find the best fit.
~oTTer~ May 10 @ 8:53pm 
Originally posted by Azure Zero:
Information you should look at.[www.notebookcheck.net]

Note This approach requires research on your part, I'm only giving you the starting point.
You'll also need to know more about your laptop to find the best fit.
Thanks, man. I just hope it truely is the graphics card causing all these problems. I'm tired of running all my games in the lowest possible quality.
Azure Zero May 10 @ 8:54pm 
I have a Laptop similar to yours in spec, and the graphics chip is the biggest hinderence.
I can run Ace of Spades on the laptop, though it requires very low settings and it's not that advanced a game graphically.
Hence, why I game on my Desktop.
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toanz0077 May 10 @ 9:03pm 
laptop cant run game like PC
~oTTer~ May 10 @ 9:21pm 
Originally posted by Azure Zero:
I have a Laptop similar to yours in spec, and the graphics chip is the biggest hinderence.
I can run Ace of Spades on the laptop, though it requires very low settings and it's not that advanced a game graphically.
Hence, why I game on my Desktop.
I can't even use a Desktop. I have no place to put it, and it's much more comfortable sitting on my reclining couch than leaning over a table.
100% Recycled Awesome May 10 @ 10:02pm 
Originally posted by Azure Zero:
Oh crap, The Graphics chip is the problem.
Intel Graphic chips suck, and they don't perform well for various high end games.
If your lucky an External Graphics Card might fix it, provided you have a good high bandwidth port/connection you can use.

The intergrated graphics in the Haswell i3/i5 line are fairly decent though, it's a long way from the original Intel HD graphics.
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