anyways i love half life...maybe one of the most exiting things to do so far in my life, i just love it AMAZING...I LOVE SOLVING THE PUZZLES, like getting the battery down from the windmill, to open the gate on one of the buggy driving sequences and pushing a dishwasher into a pulley system for weight to make a ramp. I JUST LOVE IT, anyways im gettn off track. In my option i only have 1 option on high and that is textures, and everything else is medium at a 1024 x 768 resolution and the game works flawlessly almost in indoor places, but in outdoor locations it goes choppy then smooth choppy then smooth, and really ends up being a buzz killer, but its still enjoyable. But does any1 know whats goin on, i mean the game runs so good in inside locations but outside i gues its just too much stuff to render. I have a ATI 9800 PRO with the most recent drivers, 1.67 GHz, 512 RAM, and if its my computer what should i upgrade first, for under like 150$ HALF LIFE 2 OWNS. Oh and cs:s runs great too.
i'd say the upgrade would be a tossup between the 3 things you listed. how much ram does the 9800 pro have? if it's at least 128 MB, then i'd say up the cpu because the ai eats some cycles when it has a lot of space to run around. can't really beat adding system ram, either. the biggest gains i've noticed in the past year came from upping the cpu's in my system.
my 9800 pro is 126 mb, so u think go with processor?
Yea, go with the processor. I'd get at least a 2.4 ghz.
Yeah I have the same problem too, only it just jumps for a slit second every like 4 minutes, so it isnt even annoying. I have a Amd 64 2ghz 1gig of ram sound blaster audigy ls geforce 5700 le 256mb
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Hello! My PC is: Packard bell Celeron 2.8, 256mb ram, 128 Radion 9200 (not s.e!), 5400rpm ata100 2 mb buffer 80gb hard drive.
I have just got a new 7400rpm ata133 8mb buffer 80gb hard drive, if i install half life 2 on the new hard drive will it load between levels quicker? ( I may be dim!)
Plus, should I get a 512mb more ram or spend more money on putting a pentium 4 2.8 in instead?
I know my pc is poo but i bought it new for £200/$260
17th June 2002
What you need most of all is both a graphics card and some extra RAM. 512MB of RAM should be the minimum these days. Your processor is well above what HL2 needs, however, even if it is a Celeron. Although if you have the money to upgrade your processor, RAM and graphics card, you may as well. But I'd focus on your card and RAM first of all.
A faster hard drive should technically load levels slightly faster, but not as much as you'd probably like.
Regarding half life 2 the graphics card is certainly the most important. A Radeon 9800 pro i would say is the absolute minimum to play the game at a level to appreciate the game. 512MB of ram is also probably to little as this forces linger texture refresh. 768MB or 1GB would be more suitable.
I currently use:
Athalon 2700 1GB memory ATI Radeon 9800 XT 256 MB 80GB hard drive.
This set up lets me run Half life2 at 1600x1200 resolution with all the settings on high setting including antialiasing/ansitropic filtering on 4x at a very respectable frame rate. I do get some stuttering on the outdoor levels but this should be rectified with a patch that hopefully will be available soon.
-=StinG=-*ViolenT*Regarding half life 2 the graphics card is certainly the most important. A Radeon 9800 pro i would say is the absolute minimum to play the game at a level to appreciate the game. 512MB of ram is also probably to little as this forces linger texture refresh. 768MB or 1GB would be more suitable. I currently use: Athalon 2700 1GB memory ATI Radeon 9800 XT 256 MB 80GB hard drive. This set up lets me run Half life2 at 1600x1200 resolution with all the settings on high setting including antialiasing/ansitropic filtering on 4x at a very respectable frame rate. I do get some stuttering on the outdoor levels but this should be rectified with a patch that hopefully will be available soon.
Ummm what are you basing this decision on??? I have a geforce 5700 LE 256 meg, and I can run everything on highest setting exept texture detail is on medium for that extra frame boost, I definetly disagree with you.
The clues are in the posts! I/We could argue indefinitely regarding the subtle/obvious/oblivious points in system set up but that would take a great deal of time to explain on a gaming forum. I could furthermore mention the machine systems that I have access to and account for the relative hardware comparisons. Your 5700 LE 256MB is a fine card for Half life 2 and as such there is no basis for you to disagree with my post. You could mention the other hardware/system elements for a “true” comparison with the other aforementioned posted systems if you so require. The AMD 64 will clock much of the extra work that your graphics card cannot handle. Adjusting your texture memory would seem a good choice again considering the rest of your system. [color=black]How much did your AMD 64 cost? it would cost me less to buy and install a eVGA GeForce 6800 Ultra 256Mb AGP8X DDR3 256[/color][color=black]-BIT graphics card than to upgrade my motherboard and CPU. If i did this then running every option on half life on full with a huge frame rate would be a breeze. The graphics card is "pound for pound" (or dollar for dollar) certainly the most important component.[/color] If I let my post continue we will end up in a pointless argument regarding what can be defined as the recommended system set up. There are so many hardware software combinations that accounting for eccentric combinations will probably give rise to further arguments. Aside from that on a more personal point I am so pleased with the game that I really would like everyone to enjoy the game in a manner closely following what Valve’s design team would love us to see. So lads if you have a comparable system then I suggest an upgrade! Or you could buy Asskiker’s new system LOL!