Even my 6200 Go could play HL2 and CSS on medium at 1280x800. Granted I never tried Episode 1 or 2 of TF2 on it, but still a 3450 not being able to take HL2 at that resolution does sound wrong...
18th November 2004
The only reason they even included a dedicated card option on my laptop model is to allow the HDMI port to output audio as well as video. With the Intel integrated graphics card, the HDMI port will still play video, but the audio signal does not get transmitted. The 3450, in terms of graphical power, does not perform notably better than Intel's newer integrated chips, like the 4500MHD.
Yeah but worse than a 6200? That's awful...
I didn't make it!
Heck, even my Fx5500 can handle the HL2 demo on highest settings and 1024x768 resolution with acceptable frame rates (for me anyways, most likely around 20-30 fps). The HL2 demo is actually the best looking game I've ever seen my PC handle ok though.
Here's the recommended specs for the only game I ever play on my PC:
I'd like somethin that can run it at max settings with a pretty good framerate. It's a very old game. The ps3 is what I use for gaming nowadays.
I also have another question: Is there a big speed difference between somethin like 2.8ghz and 3ghz for a Core2Duo? I'm still pretty lost about the ghz of a cpu. I plan on building the next PC I own so I've been wonderin about stuff like that. And if by some miracle I do end up refunding this Dell, I'll be shopping for parts as soon as I can.
Something just came to mind - if I lowered the price quite abit, I have a friend who'd probably buy this PC. This guy gets ripped off often since he's the type that likes to blindly attach himself to brands that he thinks are good, and I know he likes Dell. He actually just bought an external HDD from Best Buy (yup he's a fanboy). He could've got the same thing on Newegg but with an extra 120gb for only $10 more. He still thinks he got a good deal (he saw that it was on sale at BestBuy). I could maaaaybe convince him to buy this one. He almost bought the last PC I refunded, but it was also much cheaper......and much slower (2.3ghz Sempron).
18th November 2004
If Guild Wars is the most intense thing you'll be doing with your CPU, 2.8GHz is more than enough. Hell, you don't really need more than 2.0GHz for that. And the difference from 2.8 to 3.0 will be pretty much negligible in everything but synthetic benchmark tests.
Zamamee;4914508If Guild Wars is the most intense thing you'll be doing with your CPU, 2.8GHz is more than enough. Hell, you don't really need more than 2.0GHz for that. And the difference from 2.8 to 3.0 will be pretty much negligible in everything but synthetic benchmark tests.
The ghz was kinda unrelated - I was just wondering because when I was picking the cpu for this Dell, I had a choice bewtween 2.8ghz with 1066mhz and a 3ghz with 1333mhz. The reason I need the speed is for some music production programs. I just like to get on GW/Vent with some peeps on a few occasions.
This is the other processor I almost got: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206
And the one I have now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037
Is there a noticeable difference for cpu-intensive programs?
I just need any kind of low-budget card to run the game at the moment. This built-in video card makes the game look absolutely horrible. Some animated textures are frozen, post-processing won't work, and the lighting colors in some areas look awkwardly out of place. It's not really a pretty game to look at even with a good card, but right now it's a huge mess. My framerate is still very good at keast.
Now here's the biggest prob. The game has 3 expansions so far and the most recent one looks graphically better than the rest. All the worlds/towns are connected and I haven't visited the most recent expansion's towns yet, since I had no reason to. Well yesterday, a friend was taking us both to one of them so he could do somethin real quick. I assumed the town would just look fugly, but somethin worse happens: I get an error that shuts down the game. Now that character is literally stuck there because my pc can't properly load the town. The only way I can get him out right now is by having someone log into my accont and zone him out, and there's only one person I'd trust with that info so I'll ask her later, but that's just how bad things are with this built-in card.
There will be little to no difference when it comes to gaming on those processors. E8400 is more geared to overclockers while the e7400 is more for non-overclockers (but still overclocks pretty well). The biggest bottleneck in your system is going to be your video card by far. You should look around and see if you can pick something up like a Radeon 3870 or 8800gt for a good price since they're a couple generation old cards already.
Morbid_Murder;4913481building one in the first place would've saved me some money right there, and alot more down the road when I decide that I need an upgrade.
You could just buy another case and use all the components from the Dell and get a full sized card, obviously it would be a bit more expensive but it would be a very good investment for the future!
EDIT: Also kow those cards wouldn't fit in his case, he's looking for a low profile card.
Babeman;4914643You could just buy another case and use all the components from the Dell and get a full sized card, obviously it would be a bit more expensive but it would be a very good investment for the future!
That's interesting. I actually didn't think about that. What parts in the slim case would be able to transfer to a normal-sized case? If I could get a majority of those parts in a mid ATX case (is that what they're called?), then I'll definitely give it some thought when I get some cash, which should be late August possibly.