To be more specific, it freezes, glitches or crashes regularly and consistently at any and all graphics settings, which, as you certainly can imagine, is maddening and makes playing any contemporary titles impossible.
I believe that is to be blamed primarily on insufficient memory - as I'm not really an expert on hardware, though, I'm not sure.
The thing is, on a generally outdated PC like mine, I'm not sure which memory exactly it is lacking on, whether it is graphics card memory or RAM memory.
Intel Pentium Dual E2200 at 2.20GHz
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT
Yes, I know, I should just build a new one from scratch, or at least get a new motherboard; I'm too cheap for that, however, so I'd have to ask you which component is primarily responsible for the issues I'm experiencing so that I might replace it.
Or overclock it, if the processor is the faulty component.
Any help would be appreciated, really!
Edit for some details I missed.
Edit for glory.
OS is Windows XP Professional 32-bit version.
I can run older games for hours and hours straight without encountering any issues, but newer ones with a higher memory demand like Mass Effect 2, The Darkness 2, Fable 3 and Skyrim are all prone to frequent crashing and lagging.
Well, I was already pretty content with the prospect of being forced to do an upgrade, so I'd like to thank you for your advice; at least I know what I've got to do, now.
Edited by Lorcan Lladd, 26 February 2012 - 06:33 PM.