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snowcat_08
08-05-2004, 06:32 PM
I am really looking forward to the release of this sim and I have decided to upgrade my graphics card a few months before the release so that I can turn the graphics the highest they can go. The only problem is that looking for a good card that could handle it in REALLY confusing. I was hoping Ya'll could give me some suggestions.

THX

snowcat_08
08-05-2004, 06:32 PM
I am really looking forward to the release of this sim and I have decided to upgrade my graphics card a few months before the release so that I can turn the graphics the highest they can go. The only problem is that looking for a good card that could handle it in REALLY confusing. I was hoping Ya'll could give me some suggestions.

THX

ParaB
08-05-2004, 06:53 PM
Ugh, well... it would help a bit if you would tell us your current vid card, system and how much $$ you want to spend... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/blink.gif

From MY personal point of view, buy the top-of-the-line cards one year AFTER they've hit the shelves for the best 'bang for the buck'. That means by now, buy an ATI 9800 pro or the NVIDIA equivalent.

Of course, this is just this poor German's point of view...

snowcat_08
08-06-2004, 08:33 AM
I have a Gateway Microtower with a Penium 4 at 2.0ghz, 256mb of RAM,A 64mb graphics card with the Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics controller.

negus1
08-06-2004, 08:48 AM
for sure you need a new graphic card. but also more ram. but since SH III will also be very cpu-intensive you should consider to buy a new rig. just wait until it is out and then we all know more (and prices have dropped again).

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TASKFORCE1x1
08-06-2004, 12:53 PM
Good selections. Now also to find a good place to search for a good price and buy these selections for video cards I use primarily Pricewatch.com. there is a few others like Nextag but seems pricewatch always finds hardware I need cheaper. Hope this helps you too.

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WhiteKnight77
08-06-2004, 06:23 PM
One thing some will miss, is how big of a power supply does your rig have and does it use a standard ATX PSU with the standard ATX wiring. Many name brand PCs have smaller PSUs with propriety wiring schemes and no room to install a new PSU (I ran into this very problem in 2002 when I wanted to upgrade my Gateway, my first PC).

New vid cards (starting with the Radeon 9600 Pro) need to have a dedicated molex or floppy drive power connector plugged into it. In the case of a top of the line GF 6800m you need 2 molexs. You will need a PSU of at least 300W (the bigger the better thought)in order to run everything properly.

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CaptainCruise
08-08-2004, 11:36 PM
IMHO, the ATI Radeon 9800Pro 128MB, or the more powerful Radeon 9800XT with 256MB are the best cards on the market that are not "bleedin' edge". They've been out for awhile and the prices have come down nicely, especially now that ATI has released there newest graphics card, the Radeon X800 series which at about $500-$575 US is more than twice as fast as the 9800XT.

As was mentioned, a power supply of at least 300 watts is needed to power these beasts. In the case of the newest nVidia cards, the 6800 GT, Ultra, and Ultra Extreme, as was said they have insane power requirements...having TWO molex connectors and needing a power supply of over 400 watts...480 watts reccommended for the Ultra Extreme from what I've read... to power it and the rest of your computer. Also, the Ultra's take up two slots...the AGP and the first PCI slot next to it, and it runs hotter than the newest ATI Radeon X800. Personally, I avoid nVidia cards.

If you are looking for a quality online retailer to buy a video card, or any other computer part, try NewEgg.com. Their prices are good, the shipping is incredibly fast, and they have excellent customer support.

spearman_uk2002
08-09-2004, 04:36 AM
If you are on a budget get a Radeon 9600/ 9600 Pro

Try Ebay, you can usually pich one up for half price if you don't mind getting one a few months old. Failing that try www.pricewatch.com (http://www.pricewatch.com)

I am also going to have to upgrade my g-card as my current GeForce4 MX440 is not Direct X9 compliant. I am going to spend 100 and get 9600/9600 Pro as well as 256MB RAM.

Pappy55
08-09-2004, 06:36 AM
Irll be very suprised if my ATI 9800 Pro 128mb dosent handle it..

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Xajukan
08-09-2004, 08:39 AM
Well...hello guys...

my system spec(have to brag alittle):

Abit IC7-MAX3 mainboard
2.8 Prescott 1mb cache prosessor
1GB(2x512) PC2700
Geforce 4 Ti 4400(planning to buy Sapphire Radeon 9800 Atlantis Pro)

Do you guys think my comp will be to able to handle SH3 at full detailed grafikk?

spearman_uk2002
08-09-2004, 09:04 AM
Yes I should think so Xajukan.
The problem ofcourse will be (when u get ur card) can you get your head through a door http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

GropeForLuna
08-12-2004, 11:21 PM
Why not wait until christmas or shortly after when prices will be even lower? Maybe a good boxing day sale will present itself.