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LaughingCheese

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#1 11 years ago

It's just the computer[tower box] only, I already have a monitor and speakers so it wouldn't matter:

Compaq AMD Athlon64 3800 1GB DDR2 200GB HD

OS: MCE[which I assume means Windows Media Center Edition :confused:]

Plus video card[separate purchase]: ATI Radeon X1600Pro PCIE w/512MBPCIE

Is that good enough to play most modern games at pretty high graphics detail?

I mean, it's not like I need an overkill system...Alienware is rediculous:rolleyes:

It'll certainly be an upgrade to what I have now:

AMD Duron 700Mhz :D 640MB RAM

OS: XP Pro

Video Card: ATI Radeon 7500

I don't really need a dual core system, besides, doesn't the software have to be written to support dual core?

Just any random game isn't going to automatically support dual core architecture right, it has to be written for it.

So I've heard...




marvinmatthew

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#2 11 years ago

Yeah, that would be an incrdible upgrade to what you have now.

I would recomend adding a second gig of ram it.




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#3 11 years ago

Anything would be an incredible upgrade to what I have now :D [except the OS]

But back to the OP, I don't need anything more powerful than that to play modern games do I?

The measuring rod I'm using here is how much detail can that system get out of a game?

I.e., in the options on games you can select the detail level...like on Battle for Middle Earth you can select Very Low, Low, Medium, High, or Ultra High.[something like that...]

I think UT2k4 is the game to test it on 'cause I've heard it's very power intensive, although very scalable; I can run in on my current machine :D

So, will that system be able to play UT2k4[or the next one for that matter] at full graphics detail?




marvinmatthew

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#4 11 years ago

I would go with a 7600GT instead of the x1600. The 7600 is a fair bit faster, but can be found for around the same price.

With that card, you oughta be able to run most every setting maxed out.




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#5 11 years ago

marvinmatthew;3304124I would go with a 7600GT instead of the x1600. The 7600 is a fair bit faster, but can be found for around the same price.

With that card, you oughta be able to run most every setting maxed out.

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Oh wait...

There seems to be a lot of different 7600s...

Could you be a little more specific? I'm not well versed on video cards.....:D

Nvidia Geforce 7600GT I assume?

I looked at pricebrabber and if you follow the link, there's a lot of different 7600s...so I'm a little confused :(




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#6 11 years ago

7600GT, yeah. BFG, XFX and eVGA are good choices.




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#7 11 years ago

Indeed, the 'GT' is the way to go here. If you're a little strapped for cash, then go with a 'GS'. But stay far away from any card that either bares the name 'LE' or dosen't have the GS or GT aconims in it.

Are you in the US? If so I would go with NewEgg.




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#8 11 years ago

marvinmatthew;3305092Indeed, the 'GT' is the way to go here. If you're a little strapped for cash, then go with a 'GS'. But stay far away from any card that either bares the name 'LE' or dosen't have the GS or GT aconims in it.

Are you in the US? If so I would go with NewEgg.

Yep...good ole USA :D

So you're saying Nvidia's the way to go? Not ATI? [Not that I care either way :D]

So are the BFG, XFX and eVGA just brand names?

I'm still confused on that...

~Thanks for all the help guys.

~LC




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#9 11 years ago

Laughing Cheese;3305122Yep...good ole USA :D

So you're saying Nvidia's the way to go? Not ATI? [Not that I care either way :D]

So are the BFG, XFX and eVGA just brand names?

I'm still confused on that...

~Thanks for all the help guys.

~LC

In the mid range card market (ATi x1600 and Nvivdia 7600), Nvidia has Ati on the ropes. Nvivdia is indeed the way to go.

As for BFG, XFX, and eVGA, yeah, they're the guys that package the Nvivida graphics processing unit onto the video card. It would be these guys that you would actually be buying the card from. There are several different vendors to chose from, but BFG, XFX, and eVGA are some of the best.




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#10 11 years ago

marvinmatthew;3305308In the mid range card market (ATi x1600 and Nvivdia 7600), Nvidia has Ati on the ropes. Nvivdia is indeed the way to go.

As for BFG, XFX, and eVGA, yeah, they're the guys that package the Nvivida graphics processing unit onto the video card. It would be these guys that you would actually be buying the card from. There are several different vendors to chose from, but BFG, XFX, and eVGA are some of the best.

Ah, ok, so they're the vendors.

Which means I suppose there's some to watch out for? :D

Which would you recommend out of those 3 as the way to go?

~Thanks again.