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#1 11 years ago

Hey everybody,

I'm running Oblivion IV on this machine:

When I play, it has optimized to run in 600x800 based on my computer's performance. I'd like to run it in a higher resolution, as my monitor pretty much kicks ass and all the screenshots i've seen blow away what I'm actually running in-game.

Is this because it has no graphics card to speak of?

What graphics card would you guys recommend for not only Oblivion, but other FX-intensive games?




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#2 11 years ago

A good money-performance balance GFX card is the nVidia GeForce 7600GS. That's what I have right now; it cost me only $120 and it runs indoor areas at 30-40 FPS and 15-20 FPS outdoors. When checking automatically for a graphics setting, Oblivion defaults to "High" settings right away with this card. Search for it at Shopping.com -- that's where I got it, and it's always a good, reliable source. Hope this helps! I had this same exact question a while back, so I'm glad to try to be of assistance. Oh, also--here's a long list of graphics cards, ranked in order from Highest Quality to Lowest Quality. Keep in mind, though, that I did not make this list...I'm pretty sure I got it off the FileFront Forums. If anyone knows who wrote it all out, I give the author huge credit.

GRAPHICS CARDS FROM BEST TO WORST

KEY

[COLOR=red]Red[/COLOR] = ATI [COLOR=green]Green[/COLOR] = nVIDIA [COLOR=blue]Blue[/COLOR] = Other (SM x.x) = Shadel Model Version (Pixel Shader)

HIGH PERFORMANCE CARDS Cards expected to play newer games such as Half-Life 2, PREY, FEAR and Battlefield 2142 exceptionally.
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 8800GTX[/COLOR] (SM 4.0)
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 8800GTS[/COLOR] (SM 4.0)
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7950 GX2[/COLOR] (SM 3.0)
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1950XTX[/COLOR][COLOR=black] (SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7900GTX[/COLOR][COLOR=black] (SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1950XT[/COLOR][COLOR=black] (SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1900XTX [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7950 GT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1900XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7900GT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7800GTX 512MB [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7800GTX 256MB [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1950 Pro [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7900GS [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1800XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7800GS AGP [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7800GT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Gefroce 7600GT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1800XL [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X850XT Platinum Edition [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X800XT Platinum Edition [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6800 Ultra [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X850XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X800XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6800GT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6800GS [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X800XL [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X800GTO2 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X800GTO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X800 PRO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1600XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0) (held back by its 4 texture units)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X800GT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X800SE [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X800 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6800 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6800LE [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6800XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0) (generally equal or slightly faster than a 6600GT)[/COLOR]
MEDIUM PERFORMANCE CARDS Cards that are expected to run newer games at acceptable quality, however may not be powerful enough to take advantage of the latest eye candy.
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6600GT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1600 PRO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0) (held back by its 4 texture units)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X700 PRO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9800XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X700 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9800 PRO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6600 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0) (only available for laptops)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce Go! 7400 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0) (only available for laptops)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce FX 5950 Ultra [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce FX 5900 Ultra [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9800 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9700 PRO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 5900 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9700 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X700SE [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X600XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9500 PRO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X600 PRO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7100 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6200 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce FX 5900XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9600XT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
LOW PERFORMANCE CARDS Whilst being a step-up from integrated solutions and very low-end cards such as the GeForce 4 series, these cards are not particularly powerful and will struggle with the newest games - in order to get acceptable performance, you will usually have to sacrifice in-game graphical quality. They are, however, ideally suited for light gaming or media systems such as a PVR.
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7300GT [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1300 PRO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 5950 PCI-Express [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce FX 5700 Ultra [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 1.4)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9600 PRO [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 7300GS[/COLOR][COLOR=black] (SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce FX 5800 Ultra [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce FX 5800 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X1300 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X600 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X550 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce FX 5700 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 1.4)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=blue]Intel Integrated GMA950[/COLOR][COLOR=black] (integrated card - avoid if possible)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 6200 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 3.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce FX 5600 Ultra [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 1.4)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X300 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9550 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon X300SE [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0B)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9500 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA Geforce 5750 PCI-Express [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 1.4)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9600SE [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
VERY LOW PERFORMANCE CARDS AND INTEGRATED GRAPHICS SOLUTIONS Few of these cards have the horsepower to play the newest games at an acceptable level of detail, and they may struggle to keep the framerates of particularly high-end games above a playable level. However, they are all capable of at least somewhat decent 3D accelerator functions, making them ideal for older games such as UT2004 and Quake3 based games, DVD playback and very light gaming. Just don't expect stellar performance, especially not from integrated solutions.
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9250 [/COLOR][COLOR=black](SM 2.0)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4600[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4400[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon xPress 200[/COLOR][COLOR=black](integrated card - avoid if possible)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=blue]Intel GMA900[/COLOR][COLOR=black](integrated card - avoid if possible)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce 3 Ti 500[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 9000 PRO[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon 8500[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon xPress 1150[/COLOR][COLOR=black](integrated card - avoid if possible)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=red]ATI Radeon xPress 1100[/COLOR][COLOR=black](integrated card - avoid if possible)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=blue]Intel Extreme Graphics 2[/COLOR][COLOR=black](integrated card - avoid if possible)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce FX 5600[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=blue]Intel Extreme Graphics 1[/COLOR][COLOR=black](integrated card - avoid if possible)[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce FX 5600XT[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Special Edition[/COLOR]
  • [COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200[/COLOR]

[COLOR=green]nVIDIA GeForce 3 Ti [/COLOR]




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#3 11 years ago

thanks, Jedi. pretty much




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#4 11 years ago

The above list is posted on a Sticky thread in the Tech Discussion forum. It's been edited over the years by various moderators (myself included), so it's pretty much a community contribution.

Come to think of it, it does need updating a bit.




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#5 10 years ago

Will a nVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 with 256MB dedicated graphics memory work with Battlefield 2 and Flight Simulator X?:confused:




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#6 10 years ago

Will a nVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 with 256MB dedicated graphics memory work with Battlefield 2 and Flight Simulator X?:confused:




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#7 10 years ago

Elvis,

The 7600 is a good basic gamer's card, so it should work fine with the games you are looking to play. If you want to be safe, I would actually spend a couple extra bucks and grab yourself a Gforce 7900 which will definitely give you the fps you need to run the games with ease.




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#8 10 years ago

It will. I have a 7600 GT(512mb), and it's able to run it quite well, it can run most games at full specs, and high-range games like Oblivion at about mid settings. Flight Simulator X requires at least 32Mbs of Graphics Memory, and Pixel Shader 2; both of which the 7600 has; so you're set for the graphics card. But If I were you, I'd pay a little more and get a better graphics card, so you can play game like Oblivion better.=p




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#9 10 years ago

I had a 7600 gt before and it really is a good card so if you are looking at a inexpensive card then that is a good choice or for not too much more you could go for my previous one a 7950 gt which would enable you to run it on high and it looks stunning with everything turned on but obviously i am now in the extreme performance range now and well that costs quite a bit of money! As you can tell by my specs i'd hate to total up just how much my PC is worth :eek:




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#10 10 years ago

what about a NVIDIA Quadro NVS 135M? will it work for battlefield 2?




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