View Full Version : Upgraded my PC.

10-31-2004, 03:44 PM
Hopefully I am now SH3 ready.

All for 138. Thats 38 for a 256Mb DDR Memory chip (I now have 512Mb RAM)and 100 for a BFG GeForce FX 5500 OverClocked 256 Mb DDR AGP graphics card.

NOTE: GeForce MX series will NOT be compatable with SH3.

I tried the faster Radeon 9600X series 128 Mb card but somehow it wasnt compatible and kept crashing my PC, so unfortunately back it went.

The Nvidia chip of the 5500 FX plus the 512 RAM is great and gives me superbly high frame rates in 'Call of Duty' for example at 1024X768 at everything maxed out graphics detail.

Its a worth while investment that some of you on lower end systems may need to think about. What I mean by 'lower' would be say 32 MB card with 96Mb RAM.

Try to upgrade to a least 512 Mb RAM, memory is relativly cheap now and at least a 128 Mb graphics card, You will then be able to enjoy playing SH3 with maximum detail settings at 1024 x 768 resolution at least.

It would be a shame not to get the most out of this sim when it arrives as so much work has been put into it by the Devs, with detail galore it will be a joy to play.

10-31-2004, 04:21 PM
Makes my 700 build look a bit daft, my Gfx card will cost double what you whole upgrade was. I€m selling my old system to a friend so that€s a few hundred clawed back and the other 500 will be for the

midi tower
Asus mainboard
AMD 3400 64 CPU
Geforce 6800 GT
SATA 160gb Seagate hard drive
512 pc400 DDR Ram
And all the coolers etc and a sound card

I don€t want it just to run ShIII I want it flawless, the build is not for the game I do it every few years and its been three. I think it could be a rather CPU intensive game and my old Athlon 1800xp is showing its age with the G-force 3ti 128 card

11-01-2004, 12:04 AM
Thats great sav. I always say " get the best you can afford ! "

I would realy like a new PC but money is a bit tight and 140 is all I could realisticly afford. No way is my PC maxed out now but it will suffice for a while and plays some of the 'olde' games very very well.

I would love a new PC and there are some very very tasty machines out there for a grand with specs to make my mouth water and my brains to go doolally LOL http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

11-01-2004, 03:21 AM
Hey RedTerex, I'm looking to upgrade to a new PC. What sort of System can you get for a grand?
The system I've been looking at has a P4 550 3.4 Ghz motherboard with 1Mb cache, 1024 Mb PC-4200 DDR2 533mHz ram, 256 Mb Radeon X800XT card, 17" flat screen monitor, 250Gb hard drive for 1800.

11-01-2004, 03:27 AM
good upgrade RedTerex
good price for what ya got http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by RedTerex:
I always say " get the best you can afford ! " <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Very true, never cheap out. if you can afford the extra RAM or the faster/newer card then you should get it! you'll get a better experience and you won't have to upgrade as often to keep up http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BTW @ sav: curse u! i want that machine! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
and SHIII is going to be a pretty intensive game all round! i mean, look at it! lol

11-01-2004, 05:30 AM
The best thing ive done to get my comp faster is to buy more RAM.
Now i have 1536 meg DRR400 and i can disable the virtual memory in xp.
My comp completely run only on my RAM now (No writing to the slower HD anymore ) and it never hangs or crash no matter how much i stress it.

11-01-2004, 03:46 PM
you can NEVER have too much ram.the more the better!

11-01-2004, 06:10 PM
"NOTE: GeForce MX series will NOT be compatable with SH3."

So much for my New HP (bought back in March O4) to run SH3.

I have a GeForce 4 MX 440, with AGP 8x card w64mb of DDR memory (thats what it says on the computer)

So what should I buy to upgrade for SH3?
willing to pay what I need to play SH3 on my system.

System right now is: 2.80 Ghz pent. 4 processer, 512 DDR ram

11-01-2004, 07:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>So what should I buy to upgrade for SH3?
willing to pay what I need to play SH3 on my system. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
There have been at least 2 other threads here on this forum dealing just with that question. Go there.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/hauitsme/plug-in.gif

11-01-2004, 09:11 PM
sorry about that .......will do!

11-01-2004, 09:47 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by finchOU:
sorry about that .......will do! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
You have absolutely nothing to be sorry for! It was a legitimate question, and it deserved a lot better answer than you got.

But I'm sorry for the harsh tone of my post. I believe I was still angry for being attacked for nothing, and it carried over here.

Try this link for a pretty good comparison:Tech Report (http://tech-report.com/etc/comparo/graphics/)

11-02-2004, 12:11 AM
Finchou, Any GeForce FX card is OK apparently not MX. also any Radeon ATI powered card will be ok as well.

My old GeForce MX 420 64 meg card would not run Medal of Honour Pacific Assualt (demo)and I figured that a lot of new games coming out as well as SH3 would also suffer the same fate. In fact we have been told by the Devs that MX graphics are not compatible.

Graphics/video cards and RAM memory are now realtively cheap, my new card as stated was 100, a few years ago it would have cost bigtime megga bucks.

I hope you find a suitably priced card.

Word of warning though Finchou, My PC was used to running Nvidia graphics and the Radeon card with ATI graphics made my PC very unstable and it crashed everytime I clicked on an application, So therefore your PC might, just might be addicted to Nvidia like mine was so stick to that and the BFG Nvidia Geforce5500 FX (NOT mx) 256MB DDR AGP 8x/4x OC (overclocked) card should go straight in no messing, no bother, no incompatability with NVidia addicted Windows http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif at 100 I got a bargain, if you want to spend 200+ go higher anyway heres a link to the card I got.

www.bfgtech.com/5500OC.html (http://www.bfgtech.com/5500OC.html)

oh and er check this card out (link below), its water cooled LOL,check out the spec on that baby. A Mere $700 with its own 550Watt power supply!!! as its drinks electricity like an Irishman drink ******ss on St Patricks day !

www.bfgtech.com/6800.html (http://www.bfgtech.com/6800.html)

good luck

ps, yes I uninstalled all the drivers etc etc..still Radeon 9600XL ATI just bugged out...anyone else had the same grief? to spare others the hassle like I'm trying to do.
Not ****ging off Radeon btw, they are exteremely fast, powerful (25% more than Geforce FX 256meg even with 128 Meg !) and reliable cards, only my PC hated it !

11-02-2004, 08:32 AM
RedTerex wrote:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Not ****ging off Radeon btw, they are exteremely fast, powerful (25% more than Geforce FX 256meg even with 128 Meg !) and reliable cards, only my PC hated it !

What Motherboard do you use?
I never heard that PC would hate specific grafic card?
I suppose you went into great depth before you finally gave up and come up with conclusion like this.
I have ATI 9700 pro and I have an interesting issue with it. Whenever I install new drivers it keeps crashing for a week and then....without any tweaking it stabilizes itself. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

11-02-2004, 07:35 PM
I always try to stay with the same hardware for the longest time that it will allow me to run the game in highest quality, then upgrade.
I stil have a 1.8GHz Intel 4 motherboard, Geforce 4 Ti4200 AGP 8X and 5120RAM. This doesn't seem like a very powerful machine but it has been able to run everything perfectly so far, until now that my video card is giving me some very small problems, may have to upgrade it around December. The motherboard will become a 2.4 that my bother currently has and doesn't use it to play.
I also need help on what 3D card to buy, since there are so many, I don't know where to buy them or which price is good for the type of card.

11-02-2004, 08:44 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Carlos1123:
I also need help on what 3D card to buy, since there are so many, I don't know where to buy them or which price is good for the type of card. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>It all depends on 'where' you are. Will you buy 'local' or via the web.

This is just one of a 'few' of the places you can check for prices. It's not a 'store'. It compares prices from various places.
PriceWatch (http://www.pricewatch.com)

This 'store' has very competitive prices and their customer service is tops.
NewEgg (http://newegg.com)

This constantly updated site has a great graphics card comparison chart you can modify:Tech Report (http://tech-report.com/etc/comparo/graphics/)http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/hauitsme/candy.gif

11-06-2004, 09:54 AM
Have had many top Vid cards over the years and currently have a ATI 9800 Pro. This card is excellent for the price you can get it now. Of coarse there is the newer next generation cards from both ATI and NVidia, but are really expensive and don't really offer that much more than the 9800 Pro, unless you want to play the game in a higher resolution than 1024x768 and crank up the AA and AF.
I wonder which Vid card maker (ATI or NVidia) the devs have chosen as the preferred video card for Silent Hunter III? Also curious about what the name of the game engine is and if it uses Direct3D or OpenGL?