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    Question Graphics upgrade

    Hey,
    I've just started playing FEAR and NFSMW on my current machine (my first build) and it's struggling a bit. I wondered what advice you guys'd give for the next step - what will it take to run these on highest settings?
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    AMD Athlon64 3000+ Venice Core (not overclocked - yet...)
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    I'd rather not spend more than about £150 if this is doable, and would try overclocking (first time) if it'd make a noticeable difference.
    Thanks for any advice

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    THe ram obviously. THen the graphics card, 150 quid will get you into x800GTO2 territory, which should unlock to be essential an X850XT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herulach
    THe ram obviously. THen the graphics card, 150 quid will get you into x800GTO2 territory, which should unlock to be essential an X850XT.
    150quid can get you a X850XT outtight from OCUK, Powercolour brand. Great price.

    Definatly need 1GB of ram at least.

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    Not sure 150 is enough to run those games at full whack anyway. More RAM and a better gfx cards are obviously good things, but full details? You'll probably need a 7800gt at the least which doesn't quite go that low yet.

    You're probably better off swallowing your pride and running at reduced details for a few months until the power required comes in budget.

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    Need for speed will run at full detail on my machine, admittedly i have the motion blur disabled, but why would you want that anyway?

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    Well the question was about highest settings, not highest settings but with some things disabled (!=highest settings! )

    How does fear run on your rig? On maximum settings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel
    Well the question was about highest settings, not highest settings but with some things disabled (!=highest settings! )

    How does fear run on your rig? On maximum settings?
    Not a clue as i dont have it, never really appealed to me, I can run with the motion blur on, it drops about 2 or 3 fps, making it slightly jerky in places. Although im probably not the best person to ask as anything above anout 30 i cant tell the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by herulach
    Not a clue as i dont have it, never really appealed to me
    Dude, you have to try it! FEAR is awesome - switch the lights off, play it at 1am alone in the house, you'll be amazed. I never thought a computer game could scare me like that. The real fun is getting girls to play it, hehehe

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