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SimonS.

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#1 13 years ago

Next year when I go back to school for extra education I should be getting money weekly from the school, this will be a nice foothold for PC upgrades so I can keep up with new gaming.

Thing is, apart from GFX cards and ram I'm a bit brain dead with computers, especially with Processors

My current specs are: 2.52 ghz Pent 4 Radeon 9600xt 1gb crucial 2100 ram XP home with SP2

If I buy the top graphics card on the market I won't be able to get the full potential of it will I ? I get confused with Processors... [ultra nub] Infact I don't even know what they do ;o AMD...PENTIUM?[/ultra nub]

I could also benefit from some faster ram I'm sure. My current 'what ever the hell it's called' can only do 2100....What would I have to buy to make it so I can get faster ram.

I'll be getting roughly 40 dollars a week from my school direct into my bank account, so I should be able to accumulate a good budget for decent specs after a few weeks.

Help a newbie out! How can I make my PC the best as it possibly can.......for BF2 :p




MG42Maniac

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#2 13 years ago

That PC will run BF2 at med/low I reckon. If you were to upgrade the Graphics card I would recommend a 6600GT if you have around £130 or if you have £210 get a X800XL. A 6600GT will probobly just about allow max GFX at a resolution of 1024x768, if you put the res up alot and stick some AA and AF you will cripple the performance. The X800XL will probobly allow a resolution of 1280 x 1024 with 4 xAA and 8xAF. So the more money you spend the better GFX card you get ;) Your CPU isn't bad but it will bottleneck a new GFX card, but by how much i'm not sure.




Bikewer

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#3 13 years ago

I'm in the same boat to some degree. My nearly-4-year-old rig has been upgraded with a gig of DDR RAM, and I have a nice 9800 Pro card. But that 1.9 Pentium IV that was pretty hot stuff four years ago is looking a little iffy.

In order to upgrade the processor, I need a new motherboard as well. I figure I'm looking at about 500 bucks. Still loads cheaper than a new machine.

I begin to see why the next-gen consoles may well be threatening PC gaming, as some industry types are warning.




SimonS.

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#4 13 years ago

I'll save up for an X800xl then

I can get an x800xl on newegg.com for around 150-60 quid, which is good, for a good card.

edit: hmp, newegg only ships in US :(




Gen'l Knight

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#5 13 years ago

Simon, I'm in the same boat and that's why I ordered a new machine. With PC2100 memory, you probably got a 400 Front Side Bus (FSB) mother board as well. It's a bottlreneck as well as your CPU with any newer card. Not to mention power requirements and cooling, which affect speed to some degree. I'm to the point where everything outside of monitor, mouse, keyboard, soundcard had to be new. Bikewer, if their games/consoles provide for online multiplayer capability, I can see where you are right.




Bikewer

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#6 13 years ago

I watched a lot of the E3 coverage, and it seemed that both Microsoft and Sony were being rather coy about the multiplay capabilities of their "next-gen" machines. MS has the online capability now, but rather limited in terms of numbers of players. With real broadband capability, I don't know why these machines wouldn't be able to handle the same number of players as PCs over the net.

BTW, Sturmovik claims to be working on a system that will allow up to 128 players at one time. Hehe- you could just about do the battle of Midway!