View Full Version : SH3 screen shots with my new PC

09-15-2008, 05:54 PM
I decided to put my new PC through its paces and venture out into the Atlantic again...

My new PC specs:

Intel Core 2 Quad Pro Q6600 2.40GHz
ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
OCZ 2GB (2x1GB) PC2-8500C5 1066MHz Reaper HPC Edition Dual Channel DDR2
2 x Samsung SpinPoint F1 750GB SATA-II 32MB Cache
Asus P5K Premium/WiFi-AP Intel P35 (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
Noctua silent case fans
Be Quiet! Dark Power Pro 750W PSU
Microsoft Windows XP Pro

I have to say that this PC set up (plus OLCE2's amazing lighting effects on top of GWX2.1) have turned SH3 into a new game (again)! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Graphics card turned up to full quality - 8x AA, 16x anisotropic filtering. Movement is silky smooth all the time: frame rates are around 30-50 fps in port and 80-90+ out at sea! The navigation map noticeably less jumpy during high TC settings too. I guess that's more to do with the RAM and CPU.

So here's a few snapshots from Kaleun Erwin Brandt's first few patrols, Aug-Nov 1940:


















I'm thoroughly enjoying every minute of every patrol! Huge thanks as ever to the GWX crew and OLC for squeezing even more immersion and eye candy out of SH3 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

09-15-2008, 06:39 PM
Nice pics!
I see two torpedo tracks in #12, one explosion in #13 ... did the second hit as well?

09-15-2008, 07:26 PM
Thanks AE http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Yes, the second torp also hit... And the DD sank shortly afterwards!

09-15-2008, 08:16 PM
Wow VG. So crisp and clear, I'm jealous. I'm putting a new PC on my Santa's List. Hmm, unless Ubi will send me a new one for my outstanding moderator service. After all, we got company cars, why not a PC. Wouldn't that be a great promotional tool ? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

09-15-2008, 08:25 PM
Very kewl lookin pics there, VG. Looks like the PC upgrade was well worth effort. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-16-2008, 07:32 AM
Great stuff VG! I'm glad it all got sorted in the end http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Shame I can't spin the 'New rigs must be Moderator approved' line on you! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

09-16-2008, 06:06 PM
Thanks guys! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

@ Tuddley - the high settings for AA and AF on the new gfx card sure do make a difference, compared to what my old Nvidia 7600GT was capable of. The most noticeable change is the smoothness of elements such as rigging and radio antennae wires, and the sharpness of texture features such as limber holes or deck planking. When viewing these textures at sharp angles, the textures remain crisp. Also, thin lines of rigging get realistically thinner as they recede into the distance...

NEW card:

NEW card:

...no blurred textures or jagged lines like I used to get with my old gfx card:

OLD card:

OLD card:

@ Tambor - yep, the upgrade was worth all the effort (I had to learn from a lot of mistakes during the build!). And (touch wood) I've not had any graphic glitches that some people have had running an older game like SH3 with modern gfx cards. I did consider getting Vista after reading your recommendation in another thread, but in the end I decided to max out my budget on hardware, and re-use my existing copy of XP. I'll upgrade to Vista eventually I'm sure, if only to get DirectX 10 which newer games take good advantage of (do you know if DirectX 10 improves SH4 at all?)

@ RJ - http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif nope, I can't let you borrow my new rig...! But it's thanks to you I made some good hardware choices - they all came from 'Custom PC' magazine, which you recommended to me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-17-2008, 02:51 AM
Nice machine VG http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

09-18-2008, 02:54 AM
I am thoroughly jealous VG!!

I'm still running SH3 on my pathetic Dell laptop! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif


09-18-2008, 03:05 AM
nope, I can't let you borrow my new rig...! But it's thanks to you I made some good hardware choices - they all came from 'Custom PC' magazine, which you recommended to me

OK, I'm on my way up to you then for a patrol http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

09-18-2008, 10:36 AM
The ATI 4870 is an awesome card. Good choice, VG.

09-20-2008, 01:29 PM
Originally posted by klcarroll:
I am thoroughly jealous VG!!

I'm still running SH3 on my pathetic Dell laptop! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif


Then you've got virtually a whole new SH3 experience to look forward to when you eventually upgrade! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

This is the first time I've put together a PC with a gfx card that's more high-end than mid-range. It was definitely worth waiting longer to save up for it.

09-21-2008, 05:26 AM
wow VG yr new setup is awesome

I cant wait to be able to upgrade my system which will prob be in the next 2 years. I am still running the FX5500 GPU but my CPU is 3.2 intel CPU with 80gig HDD and worste of all AGP mother board with 512 DDR ram

yes I know no one has to tell me my system is ****

09-22-2008, 01:34 PM
Originally posted by mad_poseidon:
I am still running the FX5500 GPU but my CPU is 3.2 intel CPU with 80gig HDD and worste of all AGP mother board with 512 DDR ram

Have you considered upgrading one or two aspects of your old PC while you wait? A 500GB hard drive (SATA if your motherboard can do it) and either 1 or 2 GB of memory would make a noticeable difference for not a lot of money http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

The extra RAM would be of huge benefit to SH3 in particular (I could be wrong, but I don't think SH3 can run with 512MB memory?)

If you got a SATA hard drive it could be probably be used in your next PC too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-23-2008, 08:13 AM
I tried out the Crysis demo last night on my new rig. Looks great! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

I set all graphic settings to 'high' and it ran very smoothly. The demo wouldn't let me set anything to 'very high' - not sure if that's a restriction of the demo or maybe Windows XP (no DirectX 10)?

The game itself seems like Far Cry all over again though, except for the suit thing which is a pretty clever gameplay idea.

09-23-2008, 12:57 PM
VG, If I play FPS, I tend to stick to WW2 or at least 'present day' settings. However, Celeon MADE me buy Crysis http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I was concerned the 'aliens and space ships thing' would put me off, but it's very well done, and the mix of alien opponents and human ones are well balanced. I can't deny it's reminiscent of Far Cry of course.

There are truly some genuine 'WOAH!' moments in this game visually.

If ever there was a game to demonstrate the powers of your new rig, I'd suggest Crysis is it! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Bioshock was the same for me, to begin with I thought it was all too far fetched with the sci-fi bent, but after a while I forgot about that and really enjoyed it, proving I guess I was becoming absorbed into the gameplay and storyline.