im very confused here im hoping you will be able to help, my pc suck atm and i dunno why! heres my spec: p4 3ghz 1gb ddr ram radeon 9600 audigy 2 platinum now i know your going to jump on the 9600 as not a top of the line gamers card i know but it should run games at a reasonale level! i have recently bought some fps games: area 51, farcry, boiling point (road to hell) and none of em will run even at low settings at a decent speed, i havent done any fps checks but i would estimate they are running at less than 10fps. its really choppy and practiacaly impossible to play. as i said this is running on low settings! 800x600 no aa or af all lighting and partical effects turned down, i cant work it out, nothing is running in the background or anything. Have you got any suggestions as to what may be wrong? im totaly stumped, im planning on upgrading to a 9800pro pretty soon but i dont know how much of a difference it would make, after all at 800x600 even a 9600 card cant be THAT taxed! has anyone got any ideas why my pc is slow? thanks in advance for any replies.