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*The.Doctor

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#11 11 years ago

Why can't you upgrade your Sempron?

That thing is going to hold any 8800, or even a 8600 back a bit. Even if you could get a low end X2, or even a good Athlon 64, it would be much better than your Sempron.




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#12 11 years ago
arcadeplayer987;4038106You should buy this Newegg.com - Open Box: SAPPHIRE 100199L Radeon X1950GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card Until you upgrade your CPU any better video card will be bottlenecked by the Sempron

As arcade showed, go with a X1950GT. It blows the 7600 and 8600 out of the water in performance, but as others say, your really should get a new CPU.




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#13 11 years ago
RadioShackRob;4037583Lots of fun, but does not look all that great on my compy... Running 1280x720 on medium settings.

Have you tried bumping the texture detail to High and keeping the settings that impact visual quality the most (shaders, shadows, water, volumetrics) at Medium dropping the rest to Low? Some things when set to Low don't have a lot of visual impact, though things like smoke and physics will be more limited. You could also switch priority between water and volumetrics depending on whether the map you're in has lots of water or not via binding hotkey commands or just making console command adjustments when the level loads. Textures are definitely one setting that is dramatically different when going from Medium to High, especially if you are stretching a 1280x720 res onto a 32" screen. There are also performance tweaks listed [COLOR=blue]here[/COLOR] that may help with what settings you can use.




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#14 11 years ago

I'm not sure why you think you can't upgrade the processor, but from all of the motherboards that have two x16 slots can upgrade to atleast an X2, which would give you a lot better of performance and allow you to get an 8800GT, otherwise, I don't think Crysis will like your system.




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#15 11 years ago

It isn't that it isn't supposed to be upgradeable, it has to do with an ironic series of events that made it so that if I attempt to take out the CPU I would take out 1/3rd of the motherboard too.

If the 8800 or the 8600 will bottleneck my CPU, I will stick with the 7xxx series.

Does anyone know of a good 7xxx with 512mbs or 256mbs GDDR2 or GDDR3 that hasn't been confiscated by the FBI due to instant insanity upon looking at the price tag?

edit.gif I have a bad past experience with Radeons, especially sapphire. They have serious overheating problems and tend to fail fairly quickly. My GeForce 6200 worked better then my old Radeon 9700 pro (Which lasted 1 week under safe conditions), and it survived through cat scratches, hammer, coffee, coke, and even a nice hard jab from a pencil. It took a long-haired kitten AKA Static machine lying on it to kill it.

The CPU comes after the video card. My video card can't do Farcry on full detail. Enough said.




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#16 11 years ago
Person99;4038425It isn't that it isn't supposed to be upgradeable, it has to do with an ironic series of events that made it so that if I attempt to take out the CPU I would take out 1/3rd of the motherboard too.

Get a new Mobo? Quite frankily, no matter what video card you get you won't be doing much gaming on a Sempron.




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#17 11 years ago

Even if I find a way to replace the CPU, It is still a much lower priority then my video card. It can't do Farcry on high. Have I said enough?




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#18 11 years ago
Person99;4038472 It can't do Farcry on high. Have I said enough?

Your video card isn't the only reason why you can't do that. Its your CPU as well, you need to put both into factor here. Plus you can't judge Radeon cards by just one 9700 Pro you had. Thats an extremely old video card and ATI have made much better ones since then. Plus spending $150 on a 8600 when you can use that same cash to buy the X1950GT which is much more powerful is plain idiotic. Plus it doesn't really matter anyways because your current CPU will bottleneck your video card, whether its a 8600 or the X1950GT, your CPU will make them perform at slow speeds, that is why others and I have suggested a new CPU/Motherboard.




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#19 11 years ago
Person99;4038425Does anyone know of a good 7xxx with 512mbs or 256mbs GDDR2 or GDDR3 that hasn't been confiscated by the FBI due to instant insanity upon looking at the price tag?

You could go with a 7900GS, I think it would suit your PC; it's a good card at a good price, but it may still require more power (350w/20a) than your PSU can provide:

PNY 7900GS 256MB ddr3 $120 (PNY was massively cheaper than the XFX card, which is a little odd)




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#20 11 years ago

Oblivious;4038642You could go with a 7900GS, I think it would suit your PC; it's a good card at a good price, but it may still require more power (350w/20a) than your PSU can provide:

PNY 7900GS 256MB ddr3 $120 (PNY was massively cheaper than the XFX card, which is a little odd)

The reason is that XFX overclocks most of their cards, and the fact that the current XFX on Newegg are AGP. I currently have a 7900GS XXX, it has an effective core clock of 600MHz and memory clock of 1600MHz. However, the 7xxx series won't do crap for Crysis, any other games you should be alright on, but the newer ones are just too much for them to handle. But even for a 7900, you'll want at least a 450W PSU.




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