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Pr0metheus 1962
03-16-2005, 03:21 PM
I'm about to buy a new computer, and it's really important that it plays this game well, so this question is only for those people who are playing SH3 with no problems at all, who had no install problems, and who are running the game with decent framerates:

What are your system specs?

1. What CPU are you using?
2. What motherboard?
3. What brand of memory and how much?
4. What hard drive?
5. What video card?
6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player?
7. What sound card are you using?

I'd like to get a rig that will play this game as well as possible. Hopefully this thread will help me (and folks like me) figure out what computer to buy to get the most from this game.

Thanks in advance for all responses. I really appreciate any help you can give me, because I really don't know what I'm doing when it comes to computers.

DutchySA
03-16-2005, 03:34 PM
SHIII runs great on my system !

-Pentium 3.0GHZ (Prescott)
-ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe
-1024MB RAM (Kingston Value Ram)
-Seagate Barracuda 7200RPM (180GB)
-ATI Radeon 9800 Pro graphic card
-LiteOn DVD drive
-SB Live with Dolby 5.1 home theater set.

I hope you can use this info! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Pr0metheus 1962
03-16-2005, 03:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by DutchySA:
-LiteOn DVD drive <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that a DVD burner or just a player? I'm wondering because a bunch of people seem to be having problems installing from a DVD burner

P.S. Thanks for the info http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Alpha_456
03-16-2005, 03:53 PM
I think Ubirazz is the person u have to ask.
He did that saturday trick with the ten guys.

I assume he was aware of the nvidia or any bug so he had 10 machines prepared not to show the game but to hide its defficiances. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

pzrshrek
03-16-2005, 04:02 PM
runs flawless on my computer:

1. What CPU are you using?

Intel 2.4hz

2. What motherboard?

MSI 865PE Neo2

3. What brand of memory and how much?

512 DDR

4. What hard drive?

Maxtor 200gb newest brand i guess

5. What video card?

ATI radeon 9700pro

6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player?

LG DVD reader

7. What sound card are you using?

Audigy 2

STEFOSTEF_FRANC
03-16-2005, 04:10 PM
works fin with my sig

dvd burner

Pr0metheus 1962
03-16-2005, 04:35 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by STEFOSTEF_FRANC:
works fin with my sig

Soltek EQ3801 M Rev 1.6 250watts Athlon 64 3400+ 2.448gh 512ko Win xp SP2 1go twinmos pc 3200 timing à 2.5 3 3 7 1T X800 PRO Gigabyte 500@500 2 dd maxtor 160go sata 150 in raid 0 LG GSA-4120B Track-ir 3 Saitek X45 Microsoft wireless optical desktop Elite +MX1000 TFT 19 Belinea 10 19 20 Audigy2ZS+Créative DDT100+Logitech Z5300 5.1 <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sorry, I have absolutely no idea what most of that means. Like I said, I'm an absolute duffer when it comes to specs, so unless it says it's a DVD drive, as far as I'm concerned it might be the latin name for a type of squirrel. Maybe I shouldn't be buying a configurable rig, but I'm tired of paying premium prices at Gateway and getting second class computers.

Please help me, I'm computer-illiterate. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Forbidden1
03-16-2005, 06:48 PM
Now don't laugh....3yr old Compaq system. P4 1.7Ghz, 80gig HD, 512MB sycDRAM, FX5600 XT (replaced a GF 2 MX), 12X DVD rom, 19" Monitor. Runs this and most games just fine. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

stevenwhiting
03-16-2005, 06:57 PM
AMD 64 3200+
Abit AV8 3rd Eye Mobo
1Gb Cosair Value DDR400 RAM
Geforce 6 6600 GT 128MB (Suffer from the UZO bug)
DVD Lite-ON Rewriteable/combo DVD drive(Thats a drive that writes CDs and DVDs)
80GB HD
20GB HD
120GB External HD

Pr0metheus 1962
03-16-2005, 06:59 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Forbidden1:
Now don't laugh....3yr old Compaq system. P4 1.7Ghz, 80gig HD, 512MB sycDRAM, FX5600 XT (replaced a GF 2 MX), 12X DVD rom, 19" Monitor. Runs this and most games just fine. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's great! Gives me hope that I might not even need to buy a new rig for a few more months.

Messervy
03-16-2005, 06:59 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Beeryus:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by STEFOSTEF_FRANC:
works fin with my sig

Soltek EQ3801 M Rev 1.6 250watts Athlon 64 3400+ 2.448gh 512ko Win xp SP2 1go twinmos pc 3200 timing à 2.5 3 3 7 1T X800 PRO Gigabyte 500@500 2 dd maxtor 160go sata 150 in raid 0 LG GSA-4120B Track-ir 3 Saitek X45 Microsoft wireless optical desktop Elite +MX1000 TFT 19 Belinea 10 19 20 Audigy2ZS+Créative DDT100+Logitech Z5300 5.1 <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sorry, I have absolutely no idea what most of that means. Like I said, I'm an absolute duffer when it comes to specs, so unless it says it's a DVD drive, as far as I'm concerned it might be the latin name for a type of squirrel. Maybe I shouldn't be buying a configurable rig, but I'm tired of paying premium prices at Gateway and getting second class computers.

Please help me, I'm computer-illiterate. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Beery drop me a PM and we will work it out!

P.S. Illiterate that makes mods. That just doesn`t add up! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

hauitsme
03-16-2005, 07:03 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Beeryus:
Sorry, I have absolutely no idea what most of that means.
Please help me, I'm computer-illiterate. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Soltek EQ3801 M Rev 1.6 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Motherboard</span>
250watts <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Power Supply</span>
Athlon 64 3400+ 2.448gh 512ko <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">CPU</span>
Win xp SP2 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">O.S.</span>
1go twinmos pc 3200 timing √ 2.5 3 3 7 1T <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">RAM</span>
X800 PRO Gigabyte 500@500 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Graphics Card</span>
2 dd maxtor 160go sata 150 in raid 0 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Hard Drives</span>
LG GSA-4120B Track-ir 3 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Gadget</span>
Saitek X45 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Gadget</span>
Microsoft wireless optical desktop Elite +MX1000 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">K.B & Mouse</span>
TFT 19 Belinea 10 19 20 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Monitor</span>
Audigy2ZS+Créative DDT100+Logitech Z5300 5.1 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Sound Card + Digital Dolby Theatre + Speakers</span>

At least that is how I see it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Pr0metheus 1962
03-16-2005, 07:04 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Messervy:
P.S. Illiterate that makes mods. That just doesn`t add up! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hehe. I know software, but I don't know hardware. I regard computers like WW1 pilots viewed their planes - as long as I can fly it, I don't care what's inside it (or at least I didn't until today).

KarlLute
03-16-2005, 07:10 PM
Hi here are my specs.
HP Pavilone. i gutted some of it and put in other things. but uses the same mother board and hard drive and dvd drive.

1.5gb cruical mem

pentium 4 3.0 ghtz hyperthread

Xp home edition service pack 2 installed

Radeon x700 pro ati viedeo card 256 ram

creative audigy sound card

Hp dvd +rw sohw-8225 drive

40gbyte harddrive from HP
i hope that helps

Messervy
03-16-2005, 07:12 PM
You see, even Hauitsme is offering a helping hand to you.
You are becoming increasingly popular http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Tell me how much are you willing to spend on a new rig and I will build one for you, taking the above posts into concideration.
I will make my choices from www.newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com) since I sincerely belive it`s the best choice.

foxhound01
03-16-2005, 07:23 PM
Installed the game today and I dont have any problems. So here are my specs:

Tower: antec 1080 siver tower with 430 true power supply

Motherboard asus p4c800-e deluxe

Processor pentium 4 3,2 ghz

Memory corsair Twinx 1024-3200LL.

Harddisk(s) 2x hitachi deskstar 7k250 160 GB

Graphics card club3d radeon 9800pro 128MB

aopen cd-rw/dvd 52x24x52/dvd 16x

CD / DVD drive DVD +/-RW NEC ND-2500A 8x

Soundcard SB Creative Audigy 2 ZS (5.1)

OS windows xp home

Pr0metheus 1962
03-16-2005, 07:27 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Messervy:
Tell me how much are you willing to spend on a new rig and I will build one for you, taking the above posts into concideration.
I will make my choices from http://www.newegg.com since I sincerely belive it`s the best choice. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks. I'd love to get your advice. I was thinking of getting Cyberpower.com to build me one - they're pretty cheap compared to the places I used to shop and they seem to offer plenty of choices and configurations - sort of an intermediate step towards perhaps building my own computer next time I have to upgrade. Is Newegg better? I have heard of them vaguely. I have $3500.00 to spend, so I should be able to get something decent. What do you think?

On the other hand, I'm considering just upgrading my current system. I was thinking of giving it to the wife because her computer is on its last legs, but I'm hearing that some people are getting good results even on medium-range machines, so I'm considering my options in that regard too.

bcarle
03-16-2005, 07:35 PM
Sony Vaio RX650 1.6 Ghz 512 Meg , Nvidia Geforce FX5700 Ultra 128meg 80 gig hd.

Messervy
03-16-2005, 07:37 PM
For that money you can get excelent comp.
One question though. Are you intending to use some components from your old one, or you go for completely new one.
I suspect the latter. I`ll check that store for comparation but I don`t think I will be able to do it by tomorow. It`s 03.37 here and I should be getting some sleep.
You are not planing to jump that store tomorow morning are you?


Sorry this link is no good: http://www.cyberpower.com/

Pr0metheus 1962
03-16-2005, 07:43 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Messervy:
For that money you can get excelent comp.
One question though. Are you intending to use some components from your old one, or you go for completely new one. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm going for a completely new one. The wife is getting my old one, and it doesn't have any components that are up-to-date.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I`ll check that store for comparation but I don`t think I will be able to do it by tomorow. It`s 03.37 here and I should be getting some sleep.
You are not planing to jump that store tomorow morning are you? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

No. No plans yet. I just looked at Newegg, but I can't see anything that indicates that they will build a computer for me. Maybe if you can tell me a good combination of components I can get Cyberpower.com to build it for me. That way I don't have to build it myself (I'm afraid of building one from just components, so I want to use Cyberpower.com to do it for me if possible).

So get some rest. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif We'll talk again tomorrow.

Messervy
03-16-2005, 07:49 PM
O.K. I will get some sleep, but I would still ask you for a working link that will take me to that Cyberpower of yours.
I`d like to see their offer and prices! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

hauitsme
03-16-2005, 07:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Messervy:
O.K. I will get some sleep, but I would still ask you for a working link that will take me to that Cyberpower of yours.
I`d like to see their offer and prices! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
This is the place! (http://www.cyberpowersystem.com/)

And NewEgg (http://www.newegg.com/) is the place to get almost anything you need for your system. They have a GREAT reputation for support, returns, satisfaction, shipping, etc.

Aviar
03-16-2005, 08:15 PM
Runs great so far. No problems that I can see so far.

Aviar

Messervy
03-16-2005, 08:24 PM
@Beeryus

I went to your cyber.whatever and build this one:
They only lack 1066 FSB CPU which is a must with this lightspeed motherbord.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v675/Messervy/Beeryuscomp.jpg

Note: you should add peripherals to that so the price comes out about 3400$

Tommorow I will run a Newegg comparation.

Pr0metheus 1962
03-16-2005, 09:03 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Messervy:
I went to your cyber.whatever and build this one... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks so much!

Hehe, now I'm going to second guess every choice - sorry, but I'm an information junkie so I must know. So what is the advantage of having the 3.6GHz CPU vs. an extreme edition one? I heard that the Extreme edition ones were faster - but are they less stable?

Also, since you included two identical hard drives, that means it's a RAID configuration, right? I was looking into that the other day, but I couldn't find any info regarding how RAID affects gaming. How does that affect my gaming experience?

Finally, what do the different cases do? Seems there are a lot of different types, and I've no idea what they actually do.

Thanks again.

Oh, one more thing - I have terrible hearing, and I can't usually tell the difference between a great sound card and a really bad one. I also have a love/hate relationship with Creative Labs - I trust them more than I would an integrated sound card, but is there really a reason for me to spend $$ on a really good sound card - are there really neat effects that I will miss if I just buy an older Creative labs card?

Cardenal799
03-16-2005, 09:16 PM
CPU: AMD 2800 XP
Motherboard : KV7 Abit
Mem : Corsair Value 512
HD : 80 G Seagate
Video : Radeon 9600 XT from Sapphire 128mb
DVD : Samsung DVD ROM Player
Soundcard : Creative Audigy

The game works fine, had one "crash"(program exited), but thats all. No lags. When it loads I drink coffee.

Messervy
03-16-2005, 09:40 PM
@ Beeryus

I can`t sleep anyway.
The motherbord I specified from "your" store is 800 FSB (front system bus) as well as CPU.
The one I will buy in couple of months and I recomend it to you to, is identical except it has 1066 FSB. So it is wisely to use Extreme Edition CPU with it.
They are overclocked and tested by Intel and tests are quite riggorous. No worries there.
With this goes 533 RAM which is dual channel and thus making combined nominal Bus speed of 1066.
If you intend to go into overclocking this maybe isn`t the best choice since the name of the game in that particular aspect of ram is somewhat different.
But let`s not get into it for now.

The system I recomend utillizes proven technology (no SLI GPU) and is extremely fast. With this rig you should be able to spend several years of comfortable playing without giving it a thought of un upgrading.
Raid O array means data stripping. That means that every data file is split in half and simultaneously written on separate disks.
These disks have 10.000 rpm comparing to standard IDE drives that runs on 7.200 rpm.
It helps with loading times and is usefull in systems low on RAM since the data shuold be red from disks which are offcourse many times slower than RAM.
In your case with 2 gigs of RAM that doesn`t really matter.
It will be great for gaming and (since you intend to mod things) will allow you to run different programs simultaneously.
Anyhow RAID arrays are now becoming standard feature in every computer.
There is one big drawback of this array. If one disk fails, if controler fails, you lost all the data.
I am having a third disk which is normal IDE disk where I make a backup of important data.
You can however chose a different array Raid 1, which doesn`t improve speed but acts like an instant back up for data, or Raid 5 which is both but requires four identical disks.
Finally a case:
Well it depends very much what you intend to do with your system. If you are an overclocker you want it to be spaceous, well ventilated, with a strong PSU and has additional displays for temperature.
If you use a lot of disk space you want it to be able to house several disks. (my case - I intend to have 5 of them in my new rig)
Basicaly the case is the least important of all, but generaly bigger is better.
I hope I shed some light, but this is a very brief summary.
Drolling in some geek forum would yield all the details you crave for! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

LostGunner
03-16-2005, 09:46 PM
@ Beeryus,Check this out.

http://www.alienware.com/

Last year ( January 2004 )I had the "Aurora" built for me, took one week ( they called me three times to let me know what was happening ) , Alienware shipped it free overnight from Miami to My home just south of Chicago via Fed-X.

Computer specks:

Full tower, Asus A7N8X Delux REV 2.0 Motherboard, AMD Athlon XP 3200+, Samsung 512MB DDR PC3200 Ram X2 ( 1 GIG Memory ), 16 DVD-ROM ( DVD & CD reader ), Seagate Barracuda 120GB 8MB Cache Serial ATA Hard Drive, Lite-On 52/32/52 CD-RW ( CD read, write, and erase ), Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS 7.1 Sound card, BFG Geforce FX 5950 Ultra 256MB, Win XP Home ver 1.1, 420 Watt power Supply, 10 cooling fans ( including CPU fan ), Cyberlink PowerDVD 8 Channel 7.1 XP, Eight ( 8 ) USB ports, US Robotics V.92 56K PCI Modem ( this last one I've never used as I have SBCGlobal with an external Modem for high speed internet, but who knows what may happen ?).

Many more things came with computer like Keyboard,Microsoft intellimouse explorer USB, etc.

Cost me $2400.00 U.S. but that was a little over a year ago and most prices have gone down that is unless you want todays top end stuff then the price goes up ( of course ).

This machine ( sofar ) has not caused me one problem aside of a couple crashes to the desktop while playing "FarCry" with everything to the max., new Nvidia drivers took care of that.

Anyway there are a lot of machines out there and the choice is yours.

I hope I have helped in some small way.

Good Luck.

hakentt
03-16-2005, 10:00 PM
I just played the game 1 hour and its great.

The only problem that I found is when using UZO its all fog and you can't see anything. Am using Nvidia card. I havent used the time compression yet, I need to play the game more to see if I can find more bugs. So far its hard to get used to controls.

Grafics are sharp, no problems with game being slow on my PC.

Here are my specs.

2.00 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Windows XP Professional (build 2600)
1024 Megabytes Installed Memory
Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. 'K8N' Rev 1.xx
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
NVIDIA nForce3 250 Parallel ATA Controller (v2.6)
NVIDIA nForce3 250 Serial ATA Controller (v2.6) NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE

Pr0metheus 1962
03-16-2005, 10:22 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LostGunner:
@ Beeryus,Check this out.

http://www.alienware.com/ <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks. I had looked at Alienware. They have a good reputation, but I had also heard that they were a bit of a 'designer' outfit, concerned with looks more than quality. However, I'm wondering if that isn't just the prejudice of some reviewers. Their machines are pretty, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're of lesser quality, and they do offer that 1066FSB thingy that Messervy was talking about. Does anyone else have anything to say about Alienware?

spe720
03-17-2005, 12:31 AM
No problems yet! Awesome graphics and gameplay

Pentium 3.0GHZ 800
-ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe
-1024MB RAM Kingston
-2 Maxtor 7200RPM 80gb
-ATI Radeon 9700 Pro graphic card
-LiteOn DVD drive
-Sony DVD-RW dual layer
-Asus onboard sound

I installed from ROM so I wouldn't know about RW issues.

ezfox
03-17-2005, 01:34 AM
Here are my specs.
The game runs smooth, except a little lag
when viewing on exploding ships and in the harbours,
specialy with AA&AF On (4x).

1.) AMD Athlon XP1800+ FSB133 (Palomino)
2.) Soyo Dragon KT333
3.) 1024MB PC-333
4.) 120GB MAXTOR 6Y120L0
5.) ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB
6.) DVD Burner, type unknown atm
7.) onboard (CMI8738)
OS: Windows 2000 Prof.
GC-Driver: Omega Driver, latest level

DutchySA
03-17-2005, 05:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Is that a DVD burner or just a player? I'm wondering because a bunch of people seem to be having problems installing from a DVD burner <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Beeryus,

It's a LiteOn DVD player (the specs: 32x reading, i'm not sure(approx 1 year old). I have no problems installing it, the install runs without any problems (auto-run is enabled). Also the CD check runs without a problem. Starforce isn't bothering me at all !!!!

If you have any questions, youre welcome!

BenvZijl
03-17-2005, 05:24 AM
AMD 64 3400+
2048MB DDR 400mhz
2x 160GB Maxtor diamondmax 10 7200rpm
xfxGeforce 6800Ultra
ASUS K8NE-Deluxe Mainboard
1 NEC 1300 DVD Writer
1 Plextor double layer DVD writer
Onboard sound.

i play the game with absolutely no problem except for the geforce bug.

Pr0metheus 1962
03-17-2005, 06:33 AM
Thanks for all the replies, folks. Hopefully this thread will be of help to others like me who are upgrading or buying a new computer.

It seems to me, judging by this thread, that a lot of different types of computers (even older or less powerful ones) have no problems running this game. That's great news and it serves as much needed balance against all the threads out there that are focused on the game's incompatibilities. I'm not saying that the negative issues that some are reporting aren't real, but it's good to know that many folks are having no problems.

Messervy
03-17-2005, 06:44 AM
Since you got this relieving info I bet I`ll have my rig built before you! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

stevenwhiting
03-17-2005, 06:46 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by hauitsme:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Beeryus:
Sorry, I have absolutely no idea what most of that means.
Please help me, I'm computer-illiterate. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Soltek EQ3801 M Rev 1.6 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Motherboard</span>
250watts <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Power Supply</span>
Athlon 64 3400+ 2.448gh 512ko <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">CPU</span>
Win xp SP2 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">O.S.</span>
1go twinmos pc 3200 timing √ 2.5 3 3 7 1T <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">RAM</span>
X800 PRO Gigabyte 500@500 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Graphics Card</span>
2 dd maxtor 160go sata 150 in raid 0 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Hard Drives</span>
LG GSA-4120B Track-ir 3 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Gadget</span>
Saitek X45 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Gadget</span>
Microsoft wireless optical desktop Elite +MX1000 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">K.B & Mouse</span>
TFT 19 Belinea 10 19 20 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Monitor</span>
Audigy2ZS+Créative DDT100+Logitech Z5300 5.1 <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Sound Card + Digital Dolby Theatre + Speakers</span>

At least that is how I see it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That power supply is NOT NEARLY enough to power what you've got in your system. I'd advice you get a new, higher rated one. 400Watt min.

Krycek1972
03-17-2005, 06:51 AM
Installed fine but cannot get it to play on either my :

NEC-3250 DVD Burner

or

NEC-3500 DVD Burner

No emulation/virtual drive software, game installed fine from the NEC-3520 and its not the SH3 disc as I have 2 originals in my possession.

So unless anyone has had success with these drives im now vary wary of them (the work fine for everything else I have)

System Specs :-

Athlon 2800XP
1Gig Mb Mix of samsung and ebuyer value
120 Maxtor ATA133
40 Maxtor ATA133
ATI 9800 Pro
Audigy 2 PCI sound card
MSI Socket A Motherboard
NEC-3520 DVD Burner
NEC-3500 DVD Burner
19" Iiyama Monitor

MoZirry
03-17-2005, 07:22 AM
CPU: Athlon 64 3500+
Motherboard: Abit Av8
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 80g
Memory: 2x512 (1g dual channel corsair value select DDR 3200)
Video: XFX Geforce 6600GT (yeah!)
sound: Onboard http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif
DVD: DVD read-only Liteon
CD: CD-burner Liteon

For the guy whos wanting to spend $3500 on his computer, DONT DO IT!!! AHHHH DONT DO IT!
You sound eager to learn how to build your own computer, and honestly, its not that hard, however you can get some MAJOR headaches. The setup that I have now (with Syncmaster 955df Monitor) will cost you a little over 1,000$. And the performance will get you EXTREME performance on games like half life 2 and pacific fighters. It may not be the most expensive rig, but it gets the job done. For me, anything above 2,000 on a computer is just overkill. In my experience as a computer builder, a 3500$ computer will go out of date just as fast as a 2,000$ computer (so long as its built properly), so their is really a small advantage on spending extrorbant amounts of money on a first PC.
Newegg is a great place to get computer components. But I will warn you, even the most seasoned computer techs can get a simple computer build and have headaches for weeks on how to put it together. Just go to abit's website and look at the tech forums, its insane. But then again, it could go flawleslly.
If you are interested in saving money and having a quality rig that can handle any new games, build it yourself. If money aint a thang, then have someone, like cyberpower im assuming, do it for you.
Video cards to look for: Geforce 6600GT (xfx version comes overclocked standard) or any Geforce 6800 series
any Radeon x800 card (stay away from 9800, a cheaper nvidia 6600GT will blow it out of the water, just go to anandtech.com to find out)
Memory:I use value ram and it works great, but you always want the fastest memory your board can handle
Hard Drives: Go with a reliable company that puts out quality products (example, seagate)
CPU: CPU, for the most part, takes a back seat to the power of your video card. A cheap athlong 64 3200+ will perform just as nicely, in most instances, as the newest pentium 4.

Q: Will Raid increase performance of my games?
A: No, never, no how, Nicht, Nein! If there even is a performance gain, its so minimal that you could never possibly notice it.
Q:How much ram will I need?
A: 1 gig is what I recommend, Some people do great with 512, but if you are using value ram, go a head and get the extra 512, its worth it. Anything more than 1gig, your computer will not utilize.
Q:Should I overclock?
A:Sometimes the gains from even serious overclocking are not worth the risk. You also must have a highly capable motherboard, highly capable ram, a stable OS, and some method of cooling your "overclocked" components. Some people do massive fans, water cooling (very cool), and large heatsinks. In my opinion, its too loud and not worthwhile, especially if your computer already runs games great.
Q:Should I get PCI-express or AGP 8x video card?
A: If you have the option, go for a motherboard which has PCI-express. I didn't but I wish i did, because it will give you a better option to upgrade your video card in the future since most next generation cards are moving towards the PCI-express format. Oh yeah its slightly faster too.

ivoloos
03-17-2005, 01:05 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Beeryus:
What are your system specs?

1. What CPU are you using?
2. What motherboard?
3. What brand of memory and how much?
4. What hard drive?
5. What video card?
6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player?
7. What sound card are you using?
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
1. 3GHz Pentium 4 (northwood) at 800 MHz w/ HT
2. Asus P4C800 Deluxe
3. 2* 512MB DDR400 corsair @ DC
4. 2* Maxtor DM+9 80GB
5. Gainward GeForce 6800 ultra (AGP)
6. LG CD-RW/DVDROM combo
7. onboard sound

(CPU edited)

SOF_Timber
03-18-2005, 09:29 AM
Asus AV8 Deluxe Rev. 2
AMD FX-55
eVGA 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition
Creative Audigy 2 Platinum Soundcard
Crucial 2048mb DDR PC3200 "Ballistix" Ram
Seagate 160GB SATA 7200RPM HD
Seagate 160GB SATA 7200RPM HD (Storage)
Acer DVD-Rom 16X/40X
Plextor CD-RW 16X/10X/40A
PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 510w PS
Windows XP Professional (NTFS)
Sony CPD-E540 21" Monitor
Logitech Z-680 5.1 Speakers

I had no problems, so far, other than the "auto-run" installer gave me a error message...I had to explore the DVD for the setup exe and the nVidia bug.

Stuntcow
03-18-2005, 12:17 PM
Pentium 3.0GHZ (Prescott)
ASUS P4P800-E Deluxe
2 gig RAM (Kingston Ram)
Seagate 7200RPM SATA (80GB)X2 Raid0
XFX 6600GT
Rosewell CD-DVD combo CD-RW, DVD-ROM
Lite-on 52X CD-ROM
Audigy 2 ZS w/ Creative 5.1 speakers

Runs the game great.

JG27_Arklight
03-18-2005, 10:39 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>What are your system specs?

1. What CPU are you using?
2. What motherboard?
3. What brand of memory and how much?
4. What hard drive?
5. What video card?
6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player?
7. What sound card are you using? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

1. Intel 2.4C @ 3.42 SL6Z3 / M0 Stepping / Default Volt / BUS @ 1142
2. ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe Bios. Rev. 16
3. Mushkin LvL 2 Black PC3500 @ 2-2-2-5
4. Western Digital ATA133 7200rpm HD
5. PNY Verto GF 6800GT FW 66.81
6. NEC DVD-RW
7. Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Gamer

Game Settings (Patched to 1.1) :

All graphics settings maxed with 4xFSAA and 16xAF.

Otelito
03-19-2005, 07:48 AM
1st
AMD 64 3000+
EPOX NForce 3 250GB
Corsair 2x512 MB
Seagate 250GB NCQ SATA
ATI X800XL 256MB Catalyst 5.1
Creative Aud. 2ZS
Pioneer DVD Player 116
WinXPHome SP2
19" TFT

no problems



2nd
EPOX Via 333
AMD 2200+
Samsung 512 MB CL2
SBLIVE 5.1
Samsung DVD Player
Maxtor 80GB IDE 133
Nvidia FX 5900XT 128 MB Forceware 71.84
19" CRT
WinXP Prof.

no problems


3rd
ASROCK Via 266
AMD 1700+
Samsung 512 MB CL2
SBLive 5.1
Pioneer DVD Player 106
Maxtor 60GB IDE 133
ATI 9600 PRO 128 MB catalyst 5.1
WinXP Prof.
19" CRT

No problems

all drivers on my systems are up to date

Robotron3000
03-20-2005, 09:34 AM
AMD 2400+
1gig DDR400 mem
Ati X800XT PE graphics card
200gig SATA hdd

Runs a-ok most of the time, but weird framedrops every once in a while (nothing else is running on the machine).

Now if only the **** game would run at other resolutions so I could play on my widescreen (1280x720) projector.

DEFkon2005
03-20-2005, 09:58 AM
Works fine.

Dell Dimension 8300 "Stock"

( i gave up building PC's a few years back cause it was just too much hassle vs compatibility for little savings. As a result i really don't know much beyond what my device manager tells me.)

Mainboard ? - no idea
Intel 2.8Ghz
1GB of Ram
ATI 9800 Pro 128MB
Samsung CDRW/DVD-ROM SM-348B
Creative Soundblaster live!
40GB Hard drive - no idea
Win XPHome SP2

TedHealy
03-20-2005, 10:22 AM
asus p4p800
p4 2.6 ghz overclocked to 2.8 (I had it up to 3.2, but lowered it because I was getting hard lock ups playing this game, now I don't at 2.8)
9600xt
1024 mb ram

Lowest fps I've seen is 35 in a storm with some ships nearby. It usually is about double that in better weather.

GT182
03-20-2005, 10:32 AM
Beeryus, do yourself a favor and build your own pc. For around $1700 or so you can build a great rig including a 19" LCD monitor. It's not as hard as you think it is... if I can do it, you can too. This was my first time doing a homebuilt too, and it works. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif It's all in reading the manuals that come with the parts.

Windows XP Home oem
P4 3.2E CPU oem - not overclocked
Asus P4C 800-E Deluxe Canterwood oem
1gig Corsair DDR 3200RAM, 2-512 sticks in a matched set
Western Digital 120gig HDD
Plextor 712A DVD+-R/RW
LiteOn CD-RW with Nero Express 6
cheap floppy drive
Geforce FX 5600Ultra 256mb graphics card
Hyundai L90D 19" LCD
480watt Thermaltake SilentPurePower PSU
Thermaltake XaserIII v1000A case
Logitech MX-500 cordless optical mouse
any keyboard you want http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

All came from NewEgg'Daily Specials except PSU, case and 5600Ultra. But, NewEgg does the v1000A. You might not find the Hyundai in the Daily Specials. Just look in LCD monitors section, it's very reasonable and a great monitor.
Go with a OCZ 520watt PowerStream PSU from here... http://www.magnum-pc.com/

This is way better than spending $3400, which I figure mine would have cost, if made by someone else. You'll have money leftover to take mama out to diner a few times. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Anyone that spends $3400 to by a ready-made, or have a pc built, has rocks in their head. Sorry, but why give your hard earned money away to someone else when YOU can do it cheaper and better.

Sorry for spouting off and getting carried away.... but I got it from LuckyBoy. He's taught some of us over at the IL2 forums how to do it right for a better machine.

peteuplink
03-20-2005, 10:48 AM
I had initial sound problems with my SBLive. With the setup below I have no problems at all

Win XP Home OEM
AMD Athlon XP 2400+
ASUS A7V8X-X Motherboard
1 GB RAM (not sure of make or type)
HD Seagate 40GB 7200RPM IDE
ATI Radeon 9600XT 128MB
Not sure what make my DVD drive is.
Onboard AC '97 sound

ltz1972
03-20-2005, 11:02 AM
Alienware built PC

AMD Athlon FX53
2 Gig 3200 Ram
Raid 0 array 240 gig
Nvidia 5950 (overclocked) 61.21 drivers
installed a compusa DVD-Rom PLAYER (16x) ($40)
Audigy ZS (7.1)

Runs great all smooth great FPS

Pr0metheus 1962
03-20-2005, 11:19 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GT182:
Beeryus, do yourself a favor and build your own pc. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I would, only I'm the kind of guy who has to know EVERYTHING about a subject before I wade in. I would probably spend about $1000 just getting to know all I felt I needed to know about computers before I started, and then it would be a real hassle to do the work, and what would take a professional a few hours work would take me days. After I'd finished, while it's true that I'd save $$ the next time and I'd know a heck of a lot more about hardware, I wouldn't save much in the short term, and I'd have undergone a process similar to pulling teeth.

So here's my breakdown of costs:

$3000 - New computer from Alienware.

vs.

$1500 - Computer I build
plus
$1000 - reading materials, books, magazines, etc.
plus
$500 - what not having the hassle of building it is worth to me
plus
$unknown - lack of warranty and service.
minus
$unknown - long term advantages in knowledge gained (this could be a plus if I really hate the experience)

So to me, it's not so cut-and-dried. If I really hate the process of building a computer (and experience putting in new video cards tells me it would be torture), then no amount of money saved would be worth the torture involved. Whether a person who buys a computer has rocks in his head depends a lot on his temperament and his feelings towards messing about inside a computer case. I would rather spend time cleaning out a sewer than building a computer.

GT182
03-20-2005, 01:31 PM
LOL I felt the same way Beeryus. It took me 3 months to figure out what I needed, get the parts and to put it all together.... that part cost nothing. Just ask questions from the guys here or over at Comunity help in the IL2 forums.. http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=frm&s=400102&f=49310655 and ask LuckyBoy, Steve_v and the other guys. They'll all help. Their advice is worth more than any book you can read. Besides the manuals you get with your parts will tell you most all of what you need. The hardest part is figuring out what you want for your own personal build. I didn't read any books on building Pcs except got a few magazines, which didn't help at all.

Warranties are with the maker of the parts you get. Usually 1 to 3 years. Return the defective part and they sent another. Wiithin 30 days for some and they send a new OEM part. About the same as a store bought PC. You can get all the tech support you need from your friends here and where you live. I'm about as dumb as it gets with a comuter, but I've had more help than any phone call to a Technician could give.

Another option if you insist on buying one to your specs is here.... www.magnum-pc.com (http://www.magnum-pc.com). Joe and Hunter82(Bill) will do the best and cost you less than anywhere else. Here's their contact page.... https://magnum-pc.securewebsiteserver.net/contact_us.php?osCsid=049c012da418989d295d77c92b22 a149 and they'll send you their phone number if you ask. Try em out and see what they can do for you... It doesn't hurt to ask andit's free.

cousinvinnie777
03-20-2005, 04:36 PM
After replaceing my dvd-rom the game works great.
asus a7n8x-e deluxe w/amdxp2500 "barton " non oc'd
1-1024 ddr3200 corsair xms
nvidia ti4600 128
onboard nforce2 sound
adaptec ultra 19160 scsi controller
2 seagate 36gig 10,000 rpm scsi 160 hdd's
1 hp cdrw scsi
1 generic 16x32 dvd-rom
windows xppro w/sp2

VoodooNinja
03-20-2005, 10:56 PM
3400+ 62W Mobile Clawhammer @ 2607mhz, 1.6v 11 x 237 1:1
DFI 250GB Lan Party
Corsair XMS 3200LLPT V1.1 256MB X 3
ATI X800XT
WD 74GB Raptor
WD 80GB SE
ASUS 52X
Lite-On DVD Burner 1673S
19" Trinitron
Enermax Noisetaker 485W V2.0
Water Cooled

HeibgesU999
03-21-2005, 08:31 AM
Check out www.cpusolutions.com (http://www.cpusolutions.com)

Talk with Bo.

It was cheaper for me to have them build me one, than buying the exact same parts from www.newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com)

htintin
04-01-2005, 02:36 AM
SHIII works perfectly, with good fps (with the patch, which correct the UZO white curtain problem) and all details set to full

on my notebook

HP Pavillon zd7112ea
P4-2.8
Geforce FX Go5200 256Mo
512 Mo of RAM
Conexant AC-link audio
Fujitsu MHT2060AT
Toshiba odd-DVD SD-R6252
win xp pro (sp2 and all update)

Sparhawk162
04-01-2005, 04:27 AM
Hi. Silent Hunter 3 works fine on My System:-

Windows XP Pro + SP1

AMD Athlon 3000+ Processor O/c to 3200+

ASUS A7N8X Motherboard with Nvidia Chipset

MSI NT6800GT AGP Graphics Card (256Mb)

Creative Labs Audigy 2 F/wire (model no.sb0240)

1024 Mb DDR 400 (Dane Elec)

60+40+13 Gig Hard Drives

Pioneer DVR 108 (16x Dual layer DVD Writer)

17" Belinea Plug + Play monitor

I hope this helps..

BigDaz99
04-01-2005, 04:41 AM
Athlon 2.4Gig CPU
Epox NForce2 8RDA+
1GB Crucial DDR RAM
Western Digital 250gig HD
ATI 9800XT 256 Graphics Card
Samsung DVD-ROM
Onboard Sound

With latest drivers, no probs here.

Qbeesh800
04-01-2005, 05:44 AM
Athlon 1700xp+
ecs k7vta3
768 mb of ram 333 ddr
gf4 ti4200 128
40gig hard drive
dvd r/rw liteon
onboard sound

omega 61.77 graphic drivers
game runs very good. I have nice fps. mostly between 40-50 with aax2, particles 100% and text quality high. But bugs and unfinished work...!@#&^$%

diveatc
04-01-2005, 07:46 AM
My Dell works great with no problems

Mal_Function
04-02-2005, 09:09 AM
1. What CPU are you using? P4HT 3GHz
2. What motherboard? Epox PLAI
3. What brand of memory and how much? 1024 MB
4. What hard drive? 160GB, don't really remember the brand.
5. What video card? HIS Excalibur ATI 9800 Pro 128mb
6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player? Slow protection checking with the Nu DVD burner, changed to DVD player.
7. What sound card are you using? Onboard Realtek AC97

eddie_wood
04-02-2005, 10:02 AM
1. What CPU are you using? P4 3.2Ghz HT
2. What motherboard? MSI GM2
3. What brand of memory and how much? 1Gb Generic
4. What hard drive? Western Digital WD1600JB 7200rpm
5. What video card? MSI 6800GT (o'c Ultra) 66.93 driver
6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player? Sony DDU1612 READER
7. What sound card are you using? Audigy 2 ZS


Second machine as above except it had Radeon 9800Pro Cat 4.11 driver and Audigy 1.

Nubarus
04-03-2005, 02:31 PM
1. What CPU are you using? (AMD64 3700+ 1mb cache)
2. What motherboard? (ASUS K8V Deluxe)
3. What brand of memory and how much? (2x512MB AData matched pair)
4. What hard drive? (2xWestern Digital 80 gigabyte with 8mb cache)
5. What video card? (ATI Radeon X800 Pro 512MB)
6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player? (LiteON DVD Player)
7. What sound card are you using? (SB Audigy2)

Game runs great and didn't had a CTD or error of any kind so far.

Cabe5
04-03-2005, 05:53 PM
posted Wed March 16 2005 14:02
runs flawless on my computer:

1. What CPU are you using?

Intel 2.4hz

2. What motherboard?

Abit IC-7g

3. What brand of memory and how much?

1024 DDR

4. What hard drive?

WD 140 MB SATA drive

5. What video card?

ATI radeon 9800XT

6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player?

Sony DVD RW DRU-720a
Writes and reads

7. What sound card are you using?

Audigy 2 ZS


I never had any problems execpt the occasional lock up (very rare). I did buy thgame after the first patch so I may have missed out on a bunch of fun bugs that they fixed. Thank god I will never know

duck722
04-03-2005, 07:00 PM
Works great here

CPU: AMD64 3400+ 2.2Ghz

Mboard: ASUS K8V SE Ultra

Memory: 1.0 Gig Ram (can't remember brand at the moment)

Hardrives: 2 200Gig SATA Serial in Raid configuration

Audio: Sound Blaster Audigy 2ZS Platnium

Video:Gforce FX 5950Ultra AGP 256Mb on a
17" LCD widescreen

DVD: LG 8X DVD+RW

Fish40
04-03-2005, 07:11 PM
So far, no CTD's: Dell Dimension 8250; p4 3.06gh cpu, 1gig 1066RDRAM, ATI 9800 pro graphics card, Audigy2 ZS Gamer Sound card, Dynex DVDrom, 425wt psu from pcpowerandcooling.

bweiss
04-03-2005, 08:44 PM
1. What CPU are you using? AMD Athlon64 4000+
2. What motherboard? ASUS A8V Deluxe
3. What brand of memory and how much? 2 Gig -Twin Corsair 1024 PC3200 DDR
4. What hard drive? 2 x Seagate Barracuda 120 Gig Via Raid Mode 0
5. What video card? Nvidia 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition
6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player? Sony CD-RW CRX320E (DVD Player-Only)
7. What sound card are you using? Audigy2 Gamer ZS

Qbeesh800
04-04-2005, 04:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by bweiss:
1. What CPU are you using? AMD Athlon64 4000+
2. What motherboard? ASUS A8V Deluxe
3. What brand of memory and how much? 2 Gig -Twin Corsair 1024 PC3200 DDR
4. What hard drive? 2 x Seagate Barracuda 120 Gig Via Raid Mode 0
5. What video card? Nvidia 6800 Ultra Extreme Edition
6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player? Sony CD-RW CRX320E (DVD Player-Only)
7. What sound card are you using? Audigy2 Gamer ZS <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You've got some diamond mine, right?

Rommel332005
04-06-2005, 08:23 PM
I just bought this computer do you think it will be able to play the game?

What are your system specs?

1. What CPU are you using?
AMD Athlon 64 FX-55

2. What motherboard?
ASUS A8N-SLi Deluxe Motherboard

3. What brand of memory and how much?
4 Gigabytes of Crucial Ballistix DDR-500 Kit

4. What hard drive?
4-400 GiG HGST Sata 7200 RPM

5. What video card? 2 - nVidia Geforce 6800
Ultra SLi

6. What brand of DVD drive did you use to install the game, and was it a DVD burner or just a DVD player?
Pioneer Dual Layer 16X DVD+-RW or LiteOn 52-32-52 CD-RW

7. What sound card are you using?
Soundblaster Audigy2ZS Platinum Pro