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    PlanetQuake | Features | Tech Tips | 7-8-2000
   

Tech Tips Mailbag

by Love2Play

From: John Theys
Subject: Building a new PC

My trusty ol' P150 just isn't cuttin it anymore. I've been feeling the
need to get back into FPS's, so I figured I'd build myself a new
system. How's this sound?

AMD Duron 700
128MB PC133 RAM
Asus V7700 Pure GeForce2 32MB

Yeah, the video card is the same price as the CPU & Mobo combined, but I
figured getting the best video card is cheaper than getting the best
CPU. And my college student budget won't let me do both. What do you
think? Is this a good route to take??

Thanks,
Jon Theys

Excellent choices you have made.  However I would make one small change...

While the GeForce you chose is awesome, if you do not intend to use this machine ONLY for gaming, I would switch to a GeForce DDR for about $100 less and put that into another 128 megs of RAM.  The reason being that your GeForce is going to be excellent for games no matter which one you use, but running several applications in Windows takes resources.  And we all seem to run out of resources faster these days.  The GeForce DDR is still an excellent choice and you end up with a better running system as a whole.

From: eNergiZer  
Subject: Fps too low

Hi, I just bought a Powercolour DDR GeForce & I cant seem to get more than 60fps in quake2, in fact i get 60fps in every res. Changing cl_maxfps to something high has no effect. I'm using the drivers that came with the card, but I've also tried the latest detonator drivers. I can get over 100fps in quake3 so I dunno whats going on with quake2. Also my friend just bought the exact same video card & he's getting the expected fps (over 100).
Can u help?

First of all, it's a known fact that these days Quake 2 has fallen behind Quake 3 in FPS on the new NVIDIA chipset video cards.  You will always get higher frames per second in Quake 3 than Quake 2 now.

Your FPS may be right if you have no tweaks.  I suggest reviewing our game tweaks to see how much more you can squeeze out.  As for comparing to your friend's computer, unless you two have the exact same CPU and motherboard I wouldn't even bother.  The video card alone does not make the FPS.  It's the entire system combined.  So the only fair comparison is to the identical machine.


From: ??
Subject: Quake 3 and Win2k

I've installed Windows 2000 Pro on a PII 450, but Quake 3 won't play after a
smooth install. I can't find any OpenGL drivers for Win2k, and I have the most
up-to-date drivers for my Matrox. I can't figure out what's wrong. A friend of
mine said it might have to do with something called 'slide'. Please help.

Thanks .

What you need is the most up to date Win2k drivers for your Matrox.  You can get them at Reactor Critical  The important thing fo rWin2k users to remember is that Win2k is designed to be a business system.  Not a gaming system.  Windows98 was designed for Multimedia, and even more so is WindowsME.  So if you choose Win2k, expect a struggle with OpenGL applications.

 




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