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chriscu1
08-06-04, 08:28 AM
Here is my system:

P4 2.4 oc'd to 2.7
768 MB RDRAM
GF4 TI4600

I'm just now getting back into fps games...I'm not sure when I can upgrade my video card, hopefully soon but might have to be a while. I know I have to settle for medium settings in doom 3, but what about other games? Is Far Cry playable on medium settings on my box? Will I still be wowed at medium settings? What about Painkiller? I don't mind not having aa or af until I upgrade...I just want playable rates (if at all possible at 1024x768).

Also, I assume any q3-based games like Medal of Honor and Call of Duty will still be very playable even at high resolutions?

Thanks for any input.

Beeman
08-06-04, 09:27 AM
You might be hard pressed to play doom 3 at medium @ 1024x768. with my Ti4400 I had to play at 800x600 before the fps sags quit happening.

analogmaster
08-06-04, 09:42 AM
you won't win a price with your card in nextgen games like farcry, doom³ and all upcoming "highend" games....

i think ur card does not even support directx9.x which is essential for endless many shadingeffects and stuff....

better get yourself a new card asap cuz u won't have much fun in the near future with this card...

(but i think u will still be able to give these games a good with low quality (maybe in opengl games medium) and low res and no big effects)....

chriscu1
08-06-04, 09:56 AM
Hmmm...sounds like I will not enjoy the new games very much unless I turn them down really low. I guess I will just wait until I can afford to upgrade, hopefully in a few months.

kahloq
08-06-04, 10:05 AM
My sons pc has a ti 4600 with a 933mhz p3 in it and he can play UT2004 with no problems at 1024x768 and still looks really good. I dont think you'll have alot of problem playing games, its jsut the extra stuff you wont be able to do.....like higher resolution and aa+af. Some of the shadowing you wont see, but since your not used to seeing those anyways...its not going to be an issue. What you dont know your missing kinda thing.

ragejg
08-06-04, 10:10 AM
Welcome to nvnews, chriscu1...

As far as upgrading, your best bets would be an FX5900XT or Radeon 9700/9800 used for around $140-160, or new for $160-180... Between $180 and $300, the cards that presently occupy that territory aren't worth it because they're last generation's primo hi end cards that really only offer incremental performance increase over 5900XT/9700/9800...

@ the $300 mark, 6800NU offers great performance and reportedly can be softmodded with one click to 4 Quads (16 pipelines), effectively making it a lower clocked 6800GT, which is presently THE barnburner/bang for buck card at this moment.

saturnotaku
08-06-04, 10:48 AM
effectively making it a lower clocked 6800GT, which is presently THE barnburner/bang for buck card at this moment.

Lower clocked with 1/2 the video memory, let's not forget that. ;)

einstein_314
08-06-04, 02:30 PM
I've got a Ti4600 and I play far cry with everything at high except particle count which is at medium and water which is at ultra high. Also this is at 800x600 with 2x antialiasing. It also runs fine at 1024x768 with no antialiasing. I get playable framerates. Sometimes they become unplayable but not too often. Oh and I'm running a AthlonXP 1800+ slightly overclocked.

subbo
08-06-04, 02:58 PM
Doom3 was absolute murder for the Ti4200 on my friends pc. 640x480 at low is hardly playable.. so I would take any talk of "doom3+Ti4 series=good" with a huge bucket of salt. Far cry on the other hand runs great at medium and even high settings and 1024x768

SpiderWoW
08-11-04, 06:57 AM
i have upgrade from a GF 4600 to a 6800 Ultra two weeks ago
and i have to say - it was a good "investment"

but i also have to say that the GF 4600 did not so badly
on Farcry (High textures, Ultra High Water ...) at 1024x768
on UT2004 (all maxed out) at 1024x768
...
the framerates have been between 25 and 40 (farcry and UT2004)

but now with my new 6800 its running like silk (farcry all features maxed out)
and i can use higher resolutions, AA and AF (which i always had off on the 4600)

for UT2004 i have to say i only have to recognize a better image quality now
the framerate did not improve so much, because that game is absolutly CPU bound (have a 3 Ghz P4)

i cant say nothing about D3 yet (have to wait until saturday)
and i am looking forward to HL2 !!!

saturnotaku
08-11-04, 07:04 AM
On a Ti4400, Far Cry runs just fine at 800x600 with medium details. Doom 3 is good up to 1024x768 with shadows turned off. The GF4 Ti isn't a total slouch but if you want to enjoy modern games the way they were intended to look, you might want to consider an upgrade. As was mentioned, the GeForce FX 5900XT and the Radeon 9700 Pro are very good buys right now and would be a good band-aid fix until you scrum up enough cash to pull off a more substantial upgrade. Also, adding another 256 mb of RAM will help.

Hartley
08-11-04, 01:31 PM
DX9 effects are overrated.

Doom is another matter, but how many games like it will come out in the next 6-12 months ?

chriscu1
08-11-04, 01:46 PM
I downloaded the Far Cry demo, and was fairly satisfied with the performance on the ti4600. I know I'm missing some effects. I wonder, though, even with my cpu and ram being so inferior, what would be the best thing to upgrade to? Obviously a 6800 Ultra would be a fairly stupid decision with the other bottlenecks in my system. I'm guessing if i did upgrade a 6800 NU is the best? Would a GT still be worth the extra $100? I will not be upgrading anything else for a while.

It's tough going into Best Buy and seeing the 10 or so boxes of GT's just sitting there taunting me.