Build or buy a new comp for BF Vietnam

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  1. mudghost

    mudghost Hot[Sauce]

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    I was trying to play tonight and my 1.4 Ghz was not cutting it. :wtc:

    So I need the cheapest way possible to either buy or build a comp that can cut it. It would probably require something like 2.4 Ghz of higher, at least a 64 meg video card, and 512 megs of ram. I've never built a comp before so any tips would be helpful.

    I NEED TO PLAY THIS GAME
     
  2. col_panic

    col_panic calm like a bomb Moderator

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    sounds like the video card is the bottleneck. i would buy a new one first and see how it affects performance before upgrading the rest
     
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    how much RAM you got? I could not really play BF on my 2.8GHz HT machine when I had 128MB of RAM and a 64MB Radeon 7500
     
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    unfortunately, I dont think my piece of shit Emachine can use one of the 128 meg cards because of power supply issues
     
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    I've got 384 megs of ram, but my processor is the holy-shit-its-slow Celeron 1.4 Ghz. I've got a 64 meg Nvidia video card. My comp played BF1942 fine but it is struggling with the foliage in this one.
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    figure out what your budget is first
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Buy yourself a 128 MB video card first, because regardless, you'll need that. The speed of the CPU is not going to make much difference, but the RAM speed and bus speed will.
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    ram of a card != performance of the card

    that is all
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Hey! Get back to work! :rofl:
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    ROFL I am in training now...at work, new job :wtc: :wtc: :wtc:

    I want to /myself right about now :(
     
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    Do you think my comp, a emachine T1440, can power a 128 meg card? Also, do they even make 128 meg PCI cards?
     
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    I'd like to spend less than $500 for a system.
     
  13. CyberBullets

    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    1) go grab a ATI 9600XT for $200cnd
    2) then buy 512MB of ur style (DDR/SD/RB)
    3) ????? mail it to me
    4) Profit!
     
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    mudghost Hot[Sauce]

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    Wow, that sounds like a great deal. I'll get right on it.
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    Emachines are crap

    if I were you i'd build myself a low/mid end system for that price that could probally play the game descently, and upgrade it slowly

    www.newegg.com

    processor: 2500 barton runnin @ 3200+
    mobo: nf7 or nf7-s
    ram: 1*512 pc3200 DDR400
    hd: use your current one, ior buy new one
    case + psu : buy new ones, see if you can get a good brand name 350watt that comes with a case for not too much...like antec or enermax or something, I know some come with psu's
    audio: use onboard the nf7-s has really good onboard, I use that myself
    video card: use your current one you will see a increse in performance and when you get a chance upgrade video card
     
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    mudghost Hot[Sauce]

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    How difficult is that to put together for someone who has a rudimentary knowledge but has never built a comp before? I'm def interested in this route, but a little apprehensive. What about an OS? I thought I heard Windows XP is for one comp only so I would be able to install the one I already have.

    I have a Fry's near me. Are they as cheap as newegg?
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    barton 2500 = 75$
    nf7-s = 99$
    1*512 ddr400 crucial : 88$
    ANTEC Solution Series Super Mid Tower Case with 350W Power Supply, Model "SLK3700AMB" -RETAIL = 64$
     
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    Leb_CRX OT's resident terrorist

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    not sure do some competitive shopping

    in terms of how hard, so a week or two of some reading and you'll figure it out, common sence, and a manual are all you need, but a good friend who's done it before doesn't hurt
     

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