While participating at the latest Virtuebane Event (but also from previous such Events...) and hearing really many players lamenting serious LAG issues to the verge, for some, of making the whole Event hardly playable, I would imagine due to the many players participating and to the heavy use of heavy graphics spells, I was wondering what type of hardware had those players capable of playing such heavy participation Events, smoothlessly. I am not interested to hear about T1 connection lines and 10,000 dollars computer systems, I am trying to find out, for all those players who might be interested to play Ultima Online also under heavy stress conditions, a reasonable minimum configuration both in computer hardware and in connection, capable to run also heavily demanding Events. The number 1 Questions, before anything else, is whether you feel it is the computer hardware that helps the most OR the speed of the connection. Of course, having both the best is preferable, but was this not possible, can better computer hardware "make it up" for a slower connection OR can a faster connection "make it up" for a more average computer hardware ? Question number 2 would be, as for computer hardware, what would be the most crucial hardware to look at for any given player who'd like to improve their mass participation Events to a level of smooth playing. CPU ? System RAM ? Video CPU ? Video Memory ? Is there a difference in the hardware needed for those players using the Classic Client versus those players using the Enhanced Client ? In what ways ? Again, clearly having the best is preferable, but since we are trying to give a hand to players who might be on a budget, pin pointing the most important pieces of one's own hardware might help players to improve their gaming experience in Ultima Online without having to change their entire system....... Sometimes the easiest thing might be to add system or video memory to an existing system. So, if that could do the trick (assuming that one has the bare minimal CPU power or Video CPU power...), many players could improve their UO game play with a reasonably little expense.... Changing video card might be more demanding, not to mention having to change CPU or even motherboard and CPU to meet the computing power needed to participate smoothly at massively attended UO Events. The third question would be the connection. Since there is all sorts of connection speeds out there, depending on where one may live and of the costs that one might afford, what would be the minimal speed connection that one might need to ensure smooth playing at massively participated Events ? Not all can have in their area cable as available and DSL can have various top speeds. Lastly, the Operating System. Are there out there Operating Systems which would be preferable over others because they make a better use of the software running and their usage of the system memory so as to make a player's participation at massively attended Events in Ultima Online more smooth ? Thanks.