Originally Posted by Artarias
$60 computer off craigslist. $20 for a graphics card off ebay.
512mb graphics card that bottlenecks because I'm running PCI-E 1.0, upgrading from 128mb to this did nothing (actually dropped about 2 fps, but some of the features on the card are worth having)
I run SR at lowest setting around 30fps, and Dominion around 25fps. I do get occasional lag but nothing game breaking.
So don't go telling people they can't run Dominion because their SR fps is only 30. It's not a graphically intense game at the lowest settings. Shutting the sound off (not volume, disabling sound) works wonders for the fps. Not running music, other programs, or even cutting out all but the necessary services in msconfig will also boost your fps.
You don't need to blow hundreds just to get a system that won't get you roflstomped. I'm sorry, but I get tired of people saying/implying this. No, it's not gonna look pretty. But I truly enjoy the game without shadows or sound, because of the game itself.
I should add that in my own opinion
anything under 30 fps is unplayable, to me it feels unresponsive, just an over all a bad experience, and I cant have fun or really get into it (also it gives me massive migraines) if you have no problem playing a game without all its features then im sure you can squeeze out a few more fps with what you mentioned like disabling sound (although it puts you a huge disadvantage) but imo its not worth it, and if your Sr fps is only 30 my point is Cs is going to demolish your system, you will be lucky to get 15 fps, again though 30 fps is the very lowest I can stand.
For those who want to try to get more fps with the above suggestion here is how*
TRY THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK
this disables programs from starting and using up system resources, don't disable anything that you need to run your computer!!!
-go to your start menu and type in msconfig
-click on services and then check the box that says "hide all microsoft services"
(there are alot microsoft services that can be disabled no problem, but this is the safest route)
-now click the "disable all" button
-next click the start up tab at the top and again hit disable all
-press apply and restart computer
-when you restart the msconfig window will pop up, just click the X to close it
-reverse these effect by repeating and using the "enable all" button
edit: this will disable all background programs that are not essential to your computer running, including antiviruses
edit again: anything that says AMD, Intel, ATI, or Geforce leave alone, recheck these boxes before applying