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My Computer Specs Meme

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This weekend I got a new computer. I have gone ahead and updated my System Specifications page so you guys can see everything listed there but I thought, since I have some time, it would be fun and also informative if I turned this sharing experience into a meme.

Meme Instructions: Share your computer specs and answer the following questions. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments.

  1. Share any of your computer specs (video card, memory, etc..) Click here if you don’t know any of those things or just share the year you bought it. I just got this computer in August of 2014 and I’ve shared all of the specs on my System Specs page.
  2. Which viewer do you use most often? – I only use the Official Second Life viewer on a regular basis. The only time I use Firestorm or any other third party viewer is when I need to login to another avatar at the same time.
  3. What is your FPS (Frames Per Second) when you have your graphics on ultra? My FPS is around 80 to 90 when my graphics are on ultra and I have shadows, advanced lighting and all that enabled.
  4. How often does Second Life crash for you? Is it usually just a viewer crash or your whole system crashes? What are you usually doing at the moment of the crash? Before this new computer, I would pretty much crash all the time, if not with a blue screen of death then a driver error or sometimes my computer would just shut down completely because I guess it got overheated. I would never be able to run Second Life, Photoshop or a browser together. If I was running SL, that’s all I could run. But with this new computer, I was able to run SL, Photoshop and Chrome with a few tabs open. I did crash a couple of times during all of this, but I really do think it’s because of my inventory and also because I’m not a very technical person and don’t know what the optimal settings are for good performance.
  5. Do you know of any tips or tricks in the settings that would improve performance? Like I said, I’m not a very technical person but one thing that I normally do which helps me with lag is keep my draw distance all the way down and only put it higher when I’m doing a shot that requires it. I would love to hear any tips you guys may have to improve my performance, graphics quality or FPS.

I have been playing around with my new computer for a day now and I am very satisfied with the results so far. With my previous computer I constantly had blue screens or my display driver would crash. I would also crash like crazy from Second Life all the time. I still crash from Second Life with my new computer though, lol. My guess is that it’s probably due to my inventory. However, I did crash a lot less and I haven’t had any blue screens or driver crashes as of yet. I even went to several laggy sims and I didn’t feel much lag. The graphics quality is very similar to my previous computer but the performance is much better. I’m hoping this one should last me a while now. I may upgrade the video card in a year or two if need be.

I don’t do the Monday Memes on a weekly basis anymore but I will do them every once in a while when I get the chance. Please remember that you can participate in any of the memes/challenges at any time. You’ll find them all under my Blog Challenges category along with other memes and challenges I’ve done over the years.

Hope you guys had a great weekend, Happy Monday! <3

*Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae smokey/Midtone by Lara Hurley (@ Uber)
*Hair: TRUTH HAIR Blythe by Truth Hawks
*Outfit: Alchemy – The Pirate Wench – Pink RARE (flickr) (@ FGC)
*Pose: Label Motion by anne Dakun
Location: Black Spot Shipyard


Strawberry has been a Second Life Resident since 2007 and a Linden Lab employee since 2019.

37 thoughts on “My Computer Specs Meme

  • Hey Berry,

    Was this custom made? Also, how do I check FPS inworld? I forget.

    My computer is about a year old; I’ll send specs when I get home and have my Belarc report handy.

    On an average, I don’t typically crash and that’s with Firestorm running (usually med-high settings unless I try to use Ultra), Chrome (with multiple tabs open), Photoshop, sometimes Firefox (depends on if I have to check school email) and on occasion Skype all at once.

  • Hey Kilolo, yes I had this custom built and actually purchased most of the parts from Amazon. To check FPS, just hit Ctrl-Shift-1.

  • jackson redstar

    1. Dell XPS 17 notebook, about 3 years old. core i7 processor, 8 gigs ram and a dedicated 4gig nvidia card

    2. I use Black Dragon primarily. sometimes Firestorm

    3. 1 fps, if I am lucky, 2 or 3 fps

    4. Rarely crash, but if i do, it is always while shooting a wedding!

    5. There is not much to reduce lag in ultra. Keep draw distance down. often turn off particles de-render alphas then turn them back on to take the shot

  • Juliana

    Wow… You crash that much? My computer is over 4 years old and I rarely ever crash in SL. Maybe once every 6 months or so. I use Firestorm and have settings 2 clicks below ultra. I most generally also have Chrome open with FB and other tabs, and yahoo messenger, and sometimes Ventrilo. I have also been known to log into WoW while logged into SL. Curious about the inventory thing you mentioned… Mine has 9 years worth of accumulating stuff in it. (I hate to say how much stuff is in my inventory, someone might try and hold an intervention!!! haha) My computer is pretty outdated though, and I will be replacing it in the next 6 months to support some new games coming out.

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  • Sunshine Kukulcan

    OK..before everyone goes mental on me for these specs…i am a HEAVY gamer, and this machine was built for under $10K USD.

    1. Personally handbuilt computer in 2013
    EVGA Corporation Classified SR-X Patsburt-D–Mobo(this is a server)
    2.20 gigahertz Intel Xeon E5-2660–CPU
    6 HD- 1 SSD for OS for a total of 20008.97 GB
    2 GTX690 in SLI for a total of 4 GPU

    2. Use Firestorm primarily at Ultra settings
    Black Dragon for photos or machinima

    3. FPS 90-100 with Ultra, shadows and advanced lighting

    4. Rarely crash unless it is a full sim and i am camming around

    5. No tips to reduce lag in Ultra settings, perhaps draw distance down??

  • Sunshine Kukulcan

    One addition i forgot:

    64 GB RAM

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  • Trapez Breen

    A seriuous SL computer looks like this, large screen, powerful GPU. I just got it and I can highly recommend it.

    CPU: INTEL CORE I7 4790K 4.0GHZ 8MB,
    SSD: CRUCIAL MX100 512GB,
    Cooling: CORSAIR H105 HYDRO,
    Power: COOLER MASTER V850,
    Monitor: Asus 27″ LED PB278Q 2560×1440 PLS
    OS: Ubuntu 14.04 (for now)

    Viewer: Firestorm

    FPS: Anything from 30 – 140, depends where I am.

    Crashes: Only at sim crossings on a vehicle. LL simply aren’t capable of fixing this. I think they fired/lost all their capable programmers long ago.

    Improve performance: Not much more I can do.

  • I have a 5 year old iMac that keeps chugging’ along. My FPS on Ultra can be anywhere from 7-1 fps. Running around in-world without shadows I get about 12-60 fps just depending on the number of avatars, textures, and mesh. I primarily use Firestorm, because it works well on my machine and I don’t usually crash. The only times I crash is when I have shadows on and I’m taking photos. I don’t know exactly what causes the crash, but I’m guessing it’s because when you take high resolution pics, your computer is actually creating an image that is higher quality than what is shown on your screen, and that is pretty taxing. So sometimes my poor computer just says “AAAA ENOUGH I’VE HAD IT!”. But otherwise..nope don’t crash. I have little work arounds for running shadows. First of all, I don’t turn up graphics to ultra, I set to high, and then just use the advanced settings and tweak those. I turn draw distance just down enough to take my picture. I turn particles off, turn off things I don’t need like trees, or other avatars. I try other viewers all the time (I also like Singularity) but Firestorm works the best for me because it runs very well on my machine and I love all the gadgets. The photo tools make taking pics solo nice! If I get really frustrated I just use my husband’s computer…I don’t know the specs but I know I can run around in world on Ultra, full shadows, draw distance cranked to 600 and get between 60-80 fps. Here are my specs: iMac 24-inch, Early 2009, Processor: 2.66 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Memory: 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 256 MB (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA), Software: OS X 10.9.4

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  • Anyone with a system capable of running Second Life at fps rates over 30-60 fps should consider using frame limiting. The latest Firestorm viewer has frame limiting in the rendering tab of the graphics options. In theory humans can only see a difference up to about 30 fps and some say 60. The advantage in limiting frames is lower video card temperature up to 10C, lower gpu usage and lower power consumption reaping you benefits on your power bill. Now with gpu usage lower you could increase your graphic details which would be easier for your system to run at 30 fps rather than trying to do 140 fps. This is all verifiable by using a utility called GPU-Z and use the sensors tab while gaming. Also lets you see if Windows is recognizing your viewer as a game and running the video card at it’s full speed which in my case generally doesn’t unless I make a specific game profile for SL in the Nvidia Control Panel. If you have issues running shadow mode at 1080P try reducing the client window size to 720P. It can improve performance drastically and if you don’t like the smaller window change the monitor resolution to 720 also. Unchecking antialising and/or anisotropic filtering can be a big help on older systems. Newer systems don’t require anymore than 4x AA in my opinion.

  • Crim Mip

    Looks like a nice system. I have those same headphones and really like them. You shouldn’t be crashing that much. Are you using the 64bit version of Firestorm? It’s a LOT more stable. having the extra ram also helps. The viewer will eat up to 2.5 gigs. I just got a new system built as well though didn’t have the budget you did. With the Nvidia GTX 650, I’m getting around 30fps on ultra up to around 220m draw with shadows off or 20-25 with them on. That’s fine as far as I’m concerned. you can’t get a real rate greater than 45 since that’s the max SL will send. Any more than that and you’re just duplicating the same frame while the viewer waits for the next frame’s data. Even with that card of yours you’ll need to watch draw distance. If it’s too high things bog down. I generally use the official viewer when I’m flying because it’s a lot faster rendering after a sim crossing.

    With 16 gigs, you could easily set up a ram disk to use for cache. You’ve got dual channel memory going so the access time would be insanely fast. This all pre-supposes you have a decent stable net connect and aren’t using a lot of the bandwidth for other stuff while in SL. I mean if somebody in the house is streaming netflix, all bets are off.

    Oh one last thing, if you don’t need it, get rid of the ‘Nvidia Experience’ I’ve had several people tell me it slows down video permformance.


    I’m putting up a tech specs page because, as is tradition, Berry makes me Blog.

    My current machine was bought in 2010. It handles my needs well, the most system intensive thing I run on it is SL, though I am contemplating an upgrade to a quad-core CPU. Yes, I’m still running a dual-core system.

    It’s a HP/Compaq CQ5320F

    It’s a 2.8GHz dual-core machine that I’ve upgraded to 4GB of RAM which is the max that it can handle sad to say. I’ve installed an EVGA GT640 SC (the rev 2. GT640 with GDDR5) and a 550W Cooler Master power supply. I run Linux, specifically Fedora 20 64-bit. My monitor is actually a 22″ Vizio HDTV (that sits on my desk) so I run SL at 1920×1080. I’ve been running SL on widescreen monitors since 2008, first 1280×800 (former windows laptop), and then 1440×900 (my previous HDTV).

    I’m usually running one of LL’s Beta releases as my viewer. It usually runs somewhere in the mid 20’s in framerate. It should be higher, this system has better specs than Berry’s old system and she was running higher FPS than I do. Haven’t figured out why though I am running at 256 draw not 64 like she does.

    SL crashes fairly regularly for me, but I’m usually testing a beta so that’s expected. LL’s regular releases for Linux are much more stable. Crashes are usually caused by being in a very busy region and camming around. That said, when it doesn’t crash I can stay in SL for hours on end without much problem. I’m usually running other applications alongside SL, usually my terminal and Firefox (with several tabs open) at a minimum. Application crashes don’t take the system down on Linux, though I have seen an SL crash take down “X” as well, though not in a few years.


    SL doesn’t get along with GPU accelerated Flash/Video or using any other accelerated application at the same time like Minecraft. SL wants everything for itself. So try to not run such things.

  • Trapez Breen

    I’ll say a few more words about performance improvements.

    – Get an SSD! It’s the single most effective thing you could do for your system. With your OS and applications loading from an SSD, boot and load times will improve dramatically.

    – Set your SL cache to the maximum size, 10GB in Firestorm, then the places you visit frequently will load quickly. Hopefully you keep it on an SSD too.

    – Never delete your cache, it’s almost always the wrong thing to do.

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  • Thank you everyone for sharing your specs and also all your tips and advice on all this. I have learned a great deal. I have also switched to using the 64 bit firestorm completely the past week and it has been SO much better. I hardly crash now and for some reason my FPS is much lower on Firestorm, only about 20 to 30 but it seems to be running much smoother. So I think I am becoming a convert and going to just continue to use Firestorm from now on, or until it starts acting weird.

    I really appreciate all of you taking the time to participate with this meme. I know I said I wouldn’t really do them every week anymore, but I will try and do something once in a while or perhaps once a month. I do miss doing them myself.

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