How to Enhance RCT3 Performance in High Quality with a GeForce 6150

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How to Enhance RCT3 Performance in High Quality with a GeForce 6150
Creating your own roller coaster is a fun part of RCT3. (Colour Roller Coaster image by Julie Balderston from

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 (RCT3) is an amusement park simulator by Atari. In the game, you build a park, and the goal is to try to keep all your visitors happy with the attractions. The game is not demanding on many modern computers, but when it was released in 2004 it put a strain on many computers, especially if the park was large. There are many ways you can increase performance of RCT3 with your GeForce 6150 graphics card, so you can enjoy this game.

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    Update the drivers for your graphics card. See Resources for the download location. Use the drop-down menus to select your graphics card and your operating system. After you download the drivers, double-click the file to install them.

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    Update Windows. This makes many processes more efficient. If you have Windows XP, go to the website listed in resources. If you have Windows Vista or 7, click the Start button in the lower-left of your screen, then begin typing "Windows Update," click the "Windows Update" utility when it appears, and click "Check for updates" in the utility when it opens. Install any updates Windows finds.

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    Close all other programs when you begin playing RCT3. Anything like a web browser, word processor, game or e-mail application takes up RAM that RCT3 could use.

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    Turn off any virus scans or computer indexing while you're playing. If you have the Windows Indexing service, you can turn it off manually while you're playing by clicking the Start button and starting to type "Indexing Options"; select the utility when it displays. For specifics about third-party indexing or virus scans, check their help materials, since all those programs are different. Don't forget to turn indexing back on when you stop playing.

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    Upgrade your system, if necessary. Compare your system to the game's system requirements at the website listed in resources. The GeForce 6150 meets the video requirements, but if other components of your computer do not meet or just barely meet the requirements, you may need to upgrade your RAM, processor or optical drive.

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    Tweak the visual settings. These settings are available under the "Options" menu and then the "Graphic Settings" menu. If you lower settings, performance will increase. You can lower the "Detail Level" and "Draw Distance" settings for each of these in the game: people, animals, vegetation, fences, buildings, paths, scenery, supports, track and rides. You can also lower the "Geometry Imposter Distance," but be careful not to set it too low or the visuals will begin to look much worse. You can also lower the "Textures" setting and turn off the shadows, if you want.

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    Lower the screen resolution for the game by clicking the resolution drop-down menu. This is also in the "Graphic Settings" menu. If the resolution is lower, performance will increase. You should use a resolution that corresponds to the size of your monitor so that the game doesn't look stretched.

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    Check the full-screen mode option. This is in the "Graphics Settings" menu. Leaving this unchecked puts the game in windowed mode, which is more demanding for your computer and may hurt performance.

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