Hi. I'm new here so go easy on me if this is the wrong category to post this thread, and for any unusual English as this is not my first language. But I didn't know where else to turn, so I turned to the people I know will help me; the lovely people of the Giantbomb-community!
Resently I have had som problems with my machine (speccs posted below). Played Dead Space on quite high settings and it would run fine for like 2-3 hours or so, and then it would crash, and I would have to kill the process. Now some days ago I wanted to pick back up Dragon Age: Origins seeing as how I had played like 50% of the game on one characted and then kinda had left it there. So I reinstalled it from Steam and started a new character. Since I had played it the first time I had upgraded my graphics card and installed windows 7 on my machine so the game was able to run at the highest of settings. The so called high-settings or übersettings as some people say in shady corners of the internet (it is true). Anyway. This went fine until like 2 hours or so into the game, not really sure on the time here, I think I had just gotten to Ostagar when it happened. Total freeze. I was only stearing into a black screen, the sound went into a loop for some seconds, and then the sound degenerated into just a buzzing sound. No control and the dangerous yes trustworthy saviour of my situation was the tried and true hard reboot. After this it continued to occur. I will play for on avrage approximately half an hour or so, and then it will freeze. The normal destribution of the time it takes it to freeze seems to be very wide, that is to say, the freeze happens at very random time-intervals of gameplay. I have searched the internet for a solution to this problem, but my searching and debugging has been in wain. Tried reinstall, tried to run on one core, tried to change to low settings, update all drivers, tried everything. So I have bitterly given up. The only result of this catastrophy being me now whining about it to you.
After this horrendous experience I am now cautioned to buy new games for my PC. I find myself more willing to pay for games for the xbox, since there I am, more so, garantied that the games work. I find this very sad as I enjoy good graphics, and because microsoft has in all their wisdom decided to give us a motion controller in stead of a new system with upgraded hardware, a PC is the system you would want to play at for that. So I come to my question to anyone who has followed my words this long. Have any of you had any problems consering freezing or other problems on the PC platform? Can I safly assume that Valve, unlike BioWare, have taken the time to clean up the code sufficiently so that a PC player on a windows 7 64-bit system can enjoy this, after what I hear, fantastic game just as much as one who might have bought it for the PS3 of the 360? And do not give me that "well, stupid, didn't you see their website? They say they are gonna put it out for PC, Mac, 360 and PS3" crap. Because Dragon Age also came out on the PC! What I am asking is if there have been any known problems with this game specifically concerning the 64-bit windows dual core system, and what the general consensus is on how this game runs on the pc platform. Is it laggy? Does it have a lot of problems? Is the graphics nice? Those kind of things.
Do Portal 2 have any known problems running on my specs (64-bit windows 7, dual core)?
SpecsCPU Intel Cure 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00 GHz
RAM: 4 GB
Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series
OS: WIndows 7 64-bit