Right,as we know, AOE3 is coming soon, and everyone here wants to be ready for it. So this is a guide as to what you should need to see most excellant performance within the game. RAM-Random Acess Memory: We know we need it, we know we dont have enough of it, but we dont know what it does or why we need it.
- AOM needed a minimum of 128 Megabytes to run. Ensemble Studios says that Age 3 wont be demanding on the common computer so we should expect atleast a minimum of 256 Megabytes needed. This should be enough but even with it, you WILL see LOTS of lag, especially when playing online.
- RAM is easy enough to obtain and install. Going for as low as $75 for 1 gigabyte of it on newegg, anybody can be prepared long before the game comes out and enjoy a HUGE increase in performance
1 GB RAM-$79.99 (lowest price on newegg) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820236102 Processor Power-Most processors these days can play Age 3, but if you do ever find the need for an increase in performance and calculation processing, try buying an AMD Athlon 3200+ 64 bit. This processor clocks like a Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz but is atleast 1.2 ghz below that. Graphics-Big deal. If you bought you're computer stock from Dell, or any other manufacturer, you would most likely have an integrated card, which would be bad because integrated cards drain system resources such as RAM and Processing power and create extreme lag (Especially if you have 'low ram'-Anything under the level of 512 these days)-So opt for a graphics card instead.
- Any card over an Nvidia 5200 up to an Nvidia 5900 including would be able to work with AOE3 at medium-low settings
- Nvidia 6200s should be able to handle medium settings fine.
- Any card from a 6600 to a 7800 GTX should be able to run Age 3 at high settings.
Sound- I couldnt care less for sound cards or anything like that. Integrated sound is fine for me. Note: I didnt include ATI, because...well, I dont know much about ATI's cards. :D
I've got a Geforce 6800, and 1 gig RAM, good to know I'll be able to run it at full/high settings. Good find t0m.
-Ghost-I've got a Geforce 6800, and 1 gig RAM, good to know I'll be able to run it at full/high settings. Good find t0m.
Find?!?!!? I WROTE THE DAMN THING!
Heh, even better, I gave you karma either way. :p My sound card isn't too great, only 24-Bit Audio Live! card, but it does alright for most games.
Alright this is a pretty handy guide, so I'lll sticky it...for now.
i have 2.0 GHz and nvidia NV11 MX200 TV out graphics so it works perfectly
The cream of the crop
19th August 2003
-Ghost-My sound card isn't too great, only 24-Bit Audio Live! card, but it does alright for most games.
oh you poor thing.......................................:vikki:
i will be able to run it... but at what levels, i dont know. im not looking into upgrading anytime soon. perhaps a new HD but nothing else. *crosses fingers for good gameplay*
Part 2 of the all-pwnz0rz guide. AGE3: WHAT TO EXPECT GUIDE V.2.0.2 Contents 2.1.0-Intro 2.2.0-CPUs 2.2.1-Intel Cores 2.2.2-AMD Cores 2.3.0-Graphics 2.3.1-Cards that will not work 2.3.2-Cards that will work at low settings 2.3.3-Cards that will work at low-medium settings 2.3.4-Cards that will work at medium settings 2.3.5-Cards that will work at medium-high settings 2.3.6-Cards that will work great 2.3.7-Cards that will work exceptionally 2.4.0-Sound 2.5.0-Closing statements 2.1.0 An Intro. This is a guide to help computer illiterate people and the like choose cpus, graphics cards, and sound boards for best performance in game. Please point out any mistakes I made during the writing of this guide. CPUS 2.2.0 As you may recall, we went over cpu's rather briefly. But most people are still likely to have trouble with this so here is a more in-depth explanation. 2.2.1 Assuming most people have these cpus: Pentium 3 -Might as well buy a new cpu Pentium 4 505 (2.66 GHz)- Should last you well. This CPU is decent for gaming Pentium 4 505 (2.4 Ghz)- This should also work well, but don't expect it to do great Pentium 4 520 (HT) (2.8 GHz)- Almost ideal cpu. Should work well too Pentium 4 520 (2.8 Ghz)- Not HT but also alright for a cpu. Pentium 4 530 (3.0 Ghz)(HT)- Ideal CPU. 2.2.2 (OMG li3k 3 nubm3rs in 4 r0w!!!) AMD Cores: Duron Applebred 1.6 -Low performance. Reccomended upgrade Duron Applebred 1.8 -Low performance. Reccomended upgrade Sempron 2200 -Medium performance. Good to upgrade but if you want, you could keep the core. Sempron 64 2600-Good performance because of it's ability to process 64 bits rather than 32. Sempron 2800- Good performance. Athlon XP 2600- Medium performance Athlon XP 2700- Medium-Good performance Sempron 3000+-Good performance Athlon XP 3000-Good performance Athlon 64 2800-Good performance Athlon 64 3000-Good performance Athlon 64 3200-Reccomended core. Overall good performance Athlon 64 3500-Best performance Athlon 64 3700-Best performance GRAPHICS 2.3.0 And now an in-depth explanation on Graphics. In my last post, I suggested cards you should buy, but not really how the cards will run with AOE3 so here is a list of cards that should run with AOE3 at different settings. 2.3.1 Cards that WILL not run Age3 Geforce2 MX400 Geforce MX4000 Geforce4 MX440 Geforce4 MX440-8X Radeon 7000 Radeon 7500 2.3.2 Cards that will work on low resolutions and settings Geforce FX5200 Geforce FX5500 Geforce FX5700 Geforce FX5700LE Geforce PCX5300 Radeon 9000 Radeon 9200SE Radeon 9250 2.3.3 Cards that will work on medium-low resolutions and settings Geforce PCX5750 Geforce PCX5900 Radeon 9550 Radeon 9550 SE Radeon X300 Radeon X300 SE 2.3.4 Cards that will work at medium resolutions and settings Radeon 9600 Radeon 9600 PRO Radeon 9600 SE Radeon 9600 XT Geforce 6200 Geforce 6200 TC Radeon X300 SE Hypermemory Radeon X550 Radeon X600 PRO Radeon X600 XT 2.3.5 Cards that will work at medium-high resolutions and settings Geforce 6600 Radeon 9800 Radeon 9800 SE Radeon 9800 XT Radeon X700 Radeon X700 PRO 2.3.6 Cards that will work at high resolutions and settings Geforce 6600 GT Geforce 6800 Geforce 6800 GT Geforce 6800 LE Geforce 6800 Ultra Radeon X800 Radeon X800 PRO Radeon X800 SE Radeon X800 XL Radeon X800 XT 2.3.7 Cards that will run Exceptionally (Highest FPS, Highest Resolution, Highest Settings) Radeon X850 PRO Radeon X850 XT Radeon X850 XT PE Radeon R520 [Yet to be released] Geforce FX 7800 GT Geforce FX 7800 GTX [SLI...*Drools*] SOUND 2.4.0As for sound cards, I couldn't care about them. I'm happy with integrated audio. But if you really need a sound card bad, I would reccomend this card. It's a nice audio card with 8 channels. And it runs in PCI (!!!). FIN 2.5.0 In closing, I hope this mini-guide helped you choose out your new components. Have a great time playing AOE3 with your new components and don't feel bad to make any corrections in this guide. I'll be sure to look at it. Thanks for your time. Thanks to Newegg for uh...displaying the cards and cores for me for 2 hours. :lookaround:
Sweet, according to your guide, i should be able to run AoE3 at medium/high settings on my dear old lappy. :D Thanks for the info t0m.