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why is steam so laggy?

Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by ealberto, Jan 4, 2011.

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  1. ealberto

    ealberto Newbie

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    i have downloaded three games from steam ALL are laggy. the resolution is at the lowest setting and still very laggy. when i play other games like combat arms it runs smoothly. what could be the problem?
     
  2. Bearclaw

    Bearclaw Steaming

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    your computer can't handle it. Need to upgrade.
     
  3. ealberto

    ealberto Newbie

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    i doubt i need the upgrade. when i play other games even on the highest setting the game runs fine.
     
  4. Mastershroom

    Mastershroom wat

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    What games are you playing and what are your specs? I've played a hundred Steam games in the last few years, and the only ones that have given me trouble were badly coded/ported or above my PC specs regardless of Steam.
     
  5. ealberto

    ealberto Newbie

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    its got AMD phenom X4 9500 quad core processor 6gb system memory 640 gb hard drive nivida geforce 6150 se graphics. running on windows vista

    games ive downloaded from steam tf2, insurgency, and alien swarm
     
  6. bchreng

    bchreng Notebook Evangelist

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    Alien Swarm lags heavily on my system. You and I both need a more powerful GPU.
     
  7. ealberto

    ealberto Newbie

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    thats unfortunate i dont have the money nor do i have the skills to install a gpu.
     
  8. Tree_Burner

    Tree_Burner Run for your life!

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    for the time being, just get games that aren't graphically intensive. plenty of extremely fun games that aren't very graphically intensive.
     
  9. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Brain size of a planet...

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    GPU's are typically not upgradeable. New laptop required. GeForce 6150 SE is like 2005 mid-range laptop card. I'd say Intel integrated graphics GMA 4500MHD is even more powerful. You're stuck with 2005 or earlier games for the most part. Even then you'll have to reduce game detail. That being said, a large majority of my favorite games are probably 2005 and earlier anyhow.
     
  10. tianxia

    tianxia kitty!!!

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    if you have a pci e slot on your motherboard. just get a hd5670, should be fine for gaming in 1280*1024 resolution. it uses less than 75 watts so you don't need to change anything else. and it's cheap.
     
  11. ealberto

    ealberto Newbie

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    how are the games ive downloaded from steam graphically intensive? its all pixelly. on the main menu the background runs perfectly smooth
     
  12. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Brain size of a planet...

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    I am assuming you're referring to a DIY ViDock? That is an alternative. However, for the price of the card and DIY ViDock hardware, sell the existing laptop, you could probably buy a laptop for $500 that could manage those games without much issue.

    The 6150se is an early IGP (or integrated gpu) that really is not all that powerful. Only option you may have it to run it at 800x600 and all low detail. Otherwise, time for a new laptop.

    Your laptop may benefit from Windows 7 or better yet Windows XP. Vista can be unforgiving when it comes to GPU intensive tasks to begin with. But I really don't think it would do much better.
     
  13. ealberto

    ealberto Newbie

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    im on a pc desktop its the hp a6614f pc i got this back in 09
     
  14. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Brain size of a planet...

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    Most mainboard GPU's are there just so you can run an operating system, not much else. I almost asked if it was a desktop though considering the high end CPU, but didn't bother to look if it was a laptop variant. My eyes saw 6150 and immediately was like "old tech".

    If it's a desktop then you have a bazillion options. Pretty much any GPU you can plug in there will perform decently and rather inexpensive. Although this probably belongs in the desktopreview forums and not notebook review.

    Installing a graphics card is very straight forward.
     
  15. ealberto

    ealberto Newbie

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    what would you recommend? maybe something no higher than $150 no lower than $100
     
  16. Mastershroom

    Mastershroom wat

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    Peter Bazooka Notebook Evangelist

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    Thats assuming his psu will handle the gts450 since it needs a 6-pin connector. Many oems with integrated graphics have weak power supplies. Be safer going with a 5670 unless you can find the specs on for that particular computer.
     
  18. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    Then you should be asking your questions there.
     
  19. flipfire

    flipfire Moderately Boss Super Moderator

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    As above, this is a notebook gaming discussion forum.

    Please use Desktopreview or another desktop forum.

    Thread closed.
     
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