Here is my problem. In spite of having a 9800XT and a P4 2.66 I am not impressed. I know you are thinking RAM. Let me answer that up front. 2048Mb of DDR 433 Kingston HyperX Pc 3500. I think I may need some instruction. An Asus P4G8X 533Fsb Mobo with onboard sound ties everything together. While I can run the game really nice in Excellent mode, I wonder why the new card does not support Perfect as well as it should. It runs slow and stutters like a criminal in denial. I turned acceleration down to standard and still nothing. Last night Perfect mode even locked up my PC. This is not what I expected when I plunked down 400 bucks for a video card. My Gf 4 4600 was just as good with maybe a few fps slower. I am using 4.10 drivers. Any help would be greatly apreciated. I will post Dxdiag tonight.