I follow teh Moo!
8th May 2004
im getting lot of lag when playing bf2, not because of bad conection, its just i have got a crappy pc but im buying a new 1 in a month i have a p IV 1.7 512 ram and a ati radeon 9600 pro integrated audio card, and the mother card was bought with the processor too, its a little old too what will be the uber pc to run it good? audio card and other additions to it greatly too, only 1 thing. it must be a PENTIUM
The Internet ends at GF
26th June 2005
I'm a pentium die hard fan but I have to say at the moment the AMD64's are the chip to have at a reasonable price. 2 gig of duall channel ram, and as much as you can spend on the Graphcs Card, either ATI or NV (i've got a nvidia 6800gt and it rocks). The only reason I favour Pentiums, is that if they overheat they throttle back to avoid smoking. That never used to be the case with AMD's afaik and I once in a moment of madness turned on and AMD without cpu fan and it started smoking pretty fast.. Kind of gets you wondering when you leave the machine on whilst at work doesn it. Slim
How many dogs are Pb'd?Maybe 2
30th April 2004
Actually your system should handle playing on medium settings. You could use another 512 of ram in that rig ..but other than that you are ok .... I have been using pentiums myself. My current rigs are as follows: Rig 1 p4 3.0 800 fsb HT 1 gig pc3200 ram Radeon x800 Pro 256 Rig 2 p4 2.26 533 fsb 1 gig pc2700 ram Radeon 9500 pro 128 Never had an issue. You don't need to max out your video card as slim says. It is opinion. would i get an x800 or 6800 gt at the moment ? yes. But you don't Need to. You can go one or two gen's down, if you don't mind the small sacrifice in graphics. I know many people playing this game on 9600 series cards , and having a great time.
The other guys have done well talking about helping you with BF2 specs, so let me tackle your question about Call of Duty 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., etc. The basic problem there is simple; nobody has ANY idea what the specs will be. COD2 will probably be middle-of-the-road, they don't want to turn people away who have "average" systems; no real shock there. However, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is another matter entirely. We literally have no idea what the specs will be, and they promise amazing graphics and all kinds of wonderful things. So the "best machine" for BF2 right now will very possibly not be fantastic for new games. The same goes for Oblivion and a dozen other "next gen" titles. In this field, six months equals obsolescence. :D It's not an easy fact, but unless you have oodles of money you CAN NOT keep ahead of it all. Plan for that, and buy wisely. In the case of video cards, that means never buy the brand new $400, such is folly. Instead, buy the one that is from the same generation but just a few steps behind it. Why buy a 6800 Ultra when the 6600 is almost exactly as fast but 25% cheaper? (an example) Each step you go down gives you tremendous savings with very little loss.
I didn't make it!
naaa not allways obsolete i built my pc a yr ago and its still damn good.
P4 3.4 HT 2 gig DDR300 dual memory ati radeon x800xt 250 gig hard drive
I didn't say obsolete, now did I? ;) Look up the word I did type, please.
Lord of the Peach
19th April 2004
It all depends on what you want to spend. If you have $3000 to spend, you will get alot more than with $1100. Now if you need the best: 850watt PC power and cooling powersupply AMD64 Fx-57 Nforce 4SLI motherboard 2gb DDR600 140gb raid 0 raptor array 2 XFX 7800gtx's Dual DVD/rw drives Water cooling system on chipset, ram, video card and processor. Audiy 2zs That would run about $3000 without monitor/keyboard/mouse/speakers.
Very true, but good lord man! Who has that kind of money? :D
PE(A)CE and LOV(E)
22nd February 2005
I/O ErrorSo the "best machine" for BF2 right now will very possibly not be fantastic for new games. The same goes for Oblivion and a dozen other "next gen" titles.
im pretty sure that a game that runs BF2 perfectly can run all the new games coming out. i dont see to many dream like games coming out that will need to much. so im pretty sure if you can run bf2 great you dont need to worry at all. me and my 6600 still have a long time before we split up.
I'm saying the same thing about my 6800 GT. I get the feeling I don't believe a word I'm saying, though. :D I certainly hope you're right, but Stalker and Oblivion are both games that are (from all the press) pressing as hard as they possibly can for the best graphics they can squeeze from their workstations. An upgrade might have to loom large in our futures, my friend...