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StrangeTastingFish
03-07-2008, 10:52 PM
Hi everyone. This is my first post. I used to play unreal tournament 2003/2004 alot. I don't anymore because the new UT came out. I loved playing UT, it was quite fun. With the most recent one, UT3, I decided to go out and buy a medium to high end graphics card and the game. I'm wondering if this will work. I have a 350 watts power supply, and I bought a XFX GeFORCE 8500 GT graphics card. It cost me $119. I had one of the frys eletronics people tell me the graphics card recommended on the specs (on the back of the game) is a $600 graphics card! yes, $600. That's crazy. I don't believe him :eek:

I'm pretty sure this will work, I might need a better power supply. Please note that when I tried the demo of this came online or offline, the game was moving REAL slow, and the graphics were grainy. Very low graphics in a game that s supposed to have high graphics. So I needed a new video card. I'm going to eventually upgrade my motherboard, memory etc as soon as I have more money. But the game and graphics card cost me in total around $181.

Finally, here's my computer specs:
3500+ AMD Athlon 64 processor
1.0 GB memory
200 GB hard drive
DVD drive
Model #: SR1750NX
Microsoft Windows XP media center edition 2005

Graphics:
Integrated ATI RADEON XPRESS 200
PCI EXPRESS SLOT

COMPAQ Presario

Thanks!

Metal_Militia
03-07-2008, 11:00 PM
You can get an 8800GT for $250 bucks or less, which will run circles around the 8500GT, and is more than adequate to run this and all other modern games. You need another GB of RAM, and your processor worries me a little--dual-core or better would be great!

bclagge
03-07-2008, 11:06 PM
The guy from Fry's was spinning a real nice yarn for you. The recommended card on the box is a 7800 GTX which sells new for $200 - $250. Used you can pick it up for less than $150 on ebay. The 7800 new would be a waste, seeing as you can get an 8800 GT 512mb for the same price.

Judging from your specs the 8500 would probably be fine, as long as you have PCI-e motherboard.

btw, the 8500 is not a med-high graphics card, in fact it's the discount model. Not that it's not a decent card.

StrangeTastingFish
03-07-2008, 11:11 PM
The guy from Fry's was spinning a real nice yarn for you. The recommended card on the box is a 7800 GTX which sells new for $200 - $250. Used you can pick it up for less than $150 on ebay. The 7800 new would be a waste, seeing as you can get an 8800 GT 512mb for the same price.

Judging from your specs the 8500 would probably be fine, as long as you have PCI-e motherboard.

btw, the 8500 is not a med-high graphics card, in fact it's the discount model. Not that it's not a decent card.

Thanks guys. You really help. Understand I will get a new motherboard, better card eventually but I wanted a card that would run the game without being basically unplayable or having the graphics grainy and terrible.

Hopefully this will work for now :)

damour007
03-08-2008, 05:56 AM
Well dont forget to buy a new powersupply 650watt with 30a about 150$

oldkawman1
03-08-2008, 03:57 PM
Hi everyone. This is my first post. I used to play unreal tournament 2003/2004 alot. I don't anymore because the new UT came out. I loved playing UT, it was quite fun. With the most recent one, UT3, I decided to go out and buy a medium to high end graphics card and the game. I'm wondering if this will work. I have a 350 watts power supply, and I bought a XFX GeFORCE 8500 GT graphics card. It cost me $119. I had one of the frys eletronics people tell me the graphics card recommended on the specs (on the back of the game) is a $600 graphics card! yes, $600. That's crazy. I don't believe him :eek:

I'm pretty sure this will work, I might need a better power supply. Please note that when I tried the demo of this came online or offline, the game was moving REAL slow, and the graphics were grainy. Very low graphics in a game that s supposed to have high graphics. So I needed a new video card. I'm going to eventually upgrade my motherboard, memory etc as soon as I have more money. But the game and graphics card cost me in total around $181.

Finally, here's my computer specs:
3500+ AMD Athlon 64 processor
1.0 GB memory
200 GB hard drive
DVD drive
Model #: SR1750NX
Microsoft Windows XP media center edition 2005

Graphics:
Integrated ATI RADEON XPRESS 200
PCI EXPRESS SLOT

COMPAQ Presario

Thanks!

The sales person was spinning you a tale. You can get a really good card for $140 for UT3.

The 8500GT, however, is a very very poor video card for UT3. It's made for HDDVD playback, not games. You will not like it if your monitor is larger that 15".

The 8600GTS with 512Mb of DDR3 memory will be OK. Your CPU will limit you in any case. Buying a more expensive card will not get you anything more. But the 8500GT is limited to 800x600 res with low quality settings.

I would recommend this $140 one;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500009

Skill
03-08-2008, 05:20 PM
xfx 8600 gt "xxx" from tigerdirect (canada) is 69 bucks, hear people who get 61 fps on gears with it. Used to have one from evga that came with lost planet, but i cant find that anymore.

That should run most games well, won't run crysis on high, but it should play well on medium. U can also get 2gb of 800mhz ram for 35 bucks. U also probably want to get dual core, huge performance increase there.

StrangeTastingFish
03-08-2008, 05:48 PM
Double post sorry

StrangeTastingFish
03-08-2008, 05:52 PM
The sales person was spinning you a tale. You can get a really good card for $140 for UT3.

The 8500GT, however, is a very very poor video card for UT3. It's made for HDDVD playback, not games. You will not like it if your monitor is larger that 15".

The 8600GTS with 512Mb of DDR3 memory will be OK. Your CPU will limit you in any case. Buying a more expensive card will not get you anything more. But the 8500GT is limited to 800x600 res with low quality settings.

I would recommend this $140 one;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500009


oldkawman1, will this one work OK? If so I can go and pick it up at frys eletronics today.

http://shop1.outpost.com/product/5416549;jsessionid=3jybmWoHfBydAulTA51saw**.node2? site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

oldkawman1
03-08-2008, 06:07 PM
oldkawman1, will this one work OK? If so I can go and pick it up at frys eletronics today.

http://shop1.outpost.com/product/5416549;jsessionid=3jybmWoHfBydAulTA51saw**.node2? site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Yes, that is a good one, evga brand as well. Go for it.

StrangeTastingFish
03-10-2008, 12:44 AM
Yes, that is a good one, evga brand as well. Go for it.

Oldkawman1, thanks for your input and help. I bought it. Is this a medium to high end card? I paid $177 for it so its only $137 with the rebate.

JUNGLIST MOVEMENT
03-10-2008, 02:24 AM
weird, outpost.com & frys.com are completely similar, why have two sites for one store?
no sort of redirect or whatnot. wtf?
scam?

haslo
03-10-2008, 04:23 AM
Medium to high end with emphasis on medium :) I had a 8600GT, and it can run UT3 properly in world and texture detail on 4 (out of 5), in 1152x864 - I'd have had to tune down details in order to run on 1280x1024, which was what made me buy a 8800GT in the end. The 8600GTS is about 10% faster than the GT though.

With your rig though, the processor will definitely be the bottleneck and the 8600GTS will be able to show anything the processor tells it to, simply because the processor isn't fast enough to give it enough to do.

As I guess you know, you'll have to switch mainboard and RAM (unless you want your older, slower RAM to bog down the system) as well when you upgrade to a new processor.

oldkawman1
03-10-2008, 08:36 AM
Oldkawman1, thanks for your input and help. I bought it. Is this a medium to high end card? I paid $177 for it so its only $137 with the rebate.

yes, it's better than any 7900 series card, but not as good as the 8800 or 9600. It's the best part of your system now.