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7th October 2003
ive got athlon xp 2.600 1gb ddr 400mhz ati radeon 9700 pro 160 gb harddrive creative audigy 1 soundcard cambridge soundworks dtt 3500 digital speakers
I know these threads are repetitive, but any help will be much appreciated. Will my computer run Half-Life 2/ run it pretty good? Here are my specs (tell me if I missed something).
Pentium 4 - 2.4GHz 512MB DDR Nvidia GeForce4 Ti4200 128MB AGP
I am especially worried about the graphics card, as it is not ATI. I am pretty much broke (lets put it this way, I could buy a new graphics card, but only with some sacrifices in other areas of my day to day life). Can you tell me in what areas I am deficient in (graphics card, etc.)? Also, please include how well I can run Half-Life 2. Thanks for your time.
Respect My Authoratah!
1st March 2003
Well how much money can you get before April? If $150 to $200 you could get a regular 9700 or you could get a 9600XT (which come with HL2 free!) or if you have an extra $50 you could get a regular 9800 for $250. The new R400 is coming out in January so the prices on all the cards will drop ever more so I suddgest you wait till then. Go to www.pricegrabber.com, you can get awesome prices there. Thats where I got my 9800XT for less...
Well, I will get a new card if I absolutely have to. How well will it run with my current card?
EDIT: I forgot to mention, I will also be buying Doom 3, which is being developed using a Nvidia card.
you dont NEED an ATI card to play Half-Life 2. its just the most perferred one because thats what the developers of HL2 use. They wont write the game for people who only have high performance computers because not everbody has them and they wouldnt get any sales. Plus people arent going to buy a new computer just to play Half Life 2. They would write it for about a 800mhz, 128mb ram, 64mb graphics card system. So in answer to your question yes, your computer will run HL2, so dont bother about buying a new graphics card unless your really need to
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1st May 2003
well said, I applaud your intelligence in this matter - do not, I repeat do not waste money on a new gc, it just isn't worth it, your geforce is fine, and will be for a long time. The rest of the specs you have are powerful enough as well (too powerful if you ask me!) so there's no problem here
I know I can run Half-Life 2. What I really want to know is how much of a loss in quality will I get from using an Nvidia card? I have heard lots of things (true and untrue probably) about the poor test results of Nvidia cards and Half-Life 2. I have decided that I am not going to buy a new card, and my current setup should run Doom 3 quite fine. My question is just out of curiosity.
SpartanVIII know I can run Half-Life 2. What I really want to know is how much of a loss in quality will I get from using an Nvidia card? I have heard lots of things (true and untrue probably) about the poor test results of Nvidia cards and Half-Life 2. I have decided that I am not going to buy a new card, and my current setup should run Doom 3 quite fine. My question is just out of curiosity.
Well put it this way. I have a 2ghz, 512 DDR Ram, Geforce Ti4800 128mb computer. I have HL2 Beta and even with the graphics set on high it runs fine. Because it's only a Beta, in some spots its really smooth but in others it full on chugs. In other spots it says ERROR in red writing. And the AI doesnt work. The parts where it chugs means it hasnt been coded correctly. Whatever you hear about nVidia cards being crap forget it. They are good. Besides, you'll never, EVER have a computer that runs a game perfectly without frame loss, so you are bound to lag in some spots. Remember, its not just the graphics card that degrades performance. A lot of other factors contribute to lag i.e. Sound cards. The better the sound card the better it can process sounds without using CPU. Disk space - If you have less than 1 or 2gb left on your hard drive it's time to clean it up. Dont try overclocking your CPU or Graphics Card it will only make it worse. Hope this answers your quesiton. By the way Far Cry has a much better engine than Half Life 2 and has been coded to work well on medium performance PCs
Well, I guess there is no way to argue with someone who has tested their card with the beta.
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