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Zymmin
09-17-2005, 04:20 PM
Does anyone have the Dream Machine recommendations for EOA? I just played the demo and I had a lot of lag. And I have a pc running *way* over the minimums (P4-3.2GHz, ATI Radeon 9550 128mb, and 1GB RAM).

Help! I want me last new Myst experience to be the best ever!

TIA

Zymmin
09-17-2005, 04:20 PM
Does anyone have the Dream Machine recommendations for EOA? I just played the demo and I had a lot of lag. And I have a pc running *way* over the minimums (P4-3.2GHz, ATI Radeon 9550 128mb, and 1GB RAM).

Help! I want me last new Myst experience to be the best ever!

TIA

Mr Zebe D
09-17-2005, 04:30 PM
I think we're going to have to do this by components. You've got the Intel / AMD strand and the ATI (Radeon) / nvidia strand. (And Apple / PC if you want to start there).

Do you have any preferences?

Jnathus
09-17-2005, 05:01 PM
Just add a better video card and your experience should improve greatly.

Nvidia recommendation: GeForce 6800 Ultra or 7800 GTX

ATI recommendation: Radeon X800 XL or XT (skip the Pro)

I don't know if you have PCI-Express on your motherboard, but the above-mentioned parts come in PCI-Express and AGP varieties with the only exception being the 7800 GTX, which is PCI-Express only.

If you want to build a dream machine for performance, I'd line the specs up with Dell's XPS 600, especially since the URU demo pimps the Pentium 4 Hyperthreading label (Dell is an Intel only vendor). Avoid Dual-core processors unless you are in need of more extreme multi-tasking power than Hyperthreading offers, because dual-core processors tend to be slower in games when compared with similarly clocked single-core processors.

I loaded up one on Dell with a 3.8 GHz P4 processor, 2 GB of Memory, Dual Format DVD Burner, 320 GB Hard drive (2x160 GB Drives in RAID 0), SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS and Dual GeForce 7800 GTX in SLI, which runs (without display) $3,638.00.

To me that's WAY too much for a system.

My system is similar to yours:
3.4 GHz P4 Prescott 1 MB L2 cache, 1 GB DDR2 Memory, Intel 925XE chipset, DVD-combo drive (don't need a DVD burner), 250 GB Hard Drive, SoundBlaster Audigy 2 Value and a GeForce 6800 GT, which I built for just under $1400.00 a few months ago. EOA's demo runs acceptably with high detail settings on 1152x864, and Alahmnat said that the retail game runs much better than the demo, so I'm looking forward to an improvement in performance when my copy finally arrives.

jjoonathan_
09-18-2005, 11:57 AM
I am running it on a single 1.8ghz g5 with an X800XT and its running great!

Zymmin
09-18-2005, 03:46 PM
Thanks for the scoop. I think that I am going to upgrade my video card (I wish I had PCI-e!) but I think I might get the ATI Radeon X800. The X850's are a bit stiff ($450+) and I couldn't find the X900's (I don't think they have been released yet), but I found the X800-XT for ~$300.

A little more RAM won't hurt either. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Jnathus
09-18-2005, 04:33 PM
If you're out for the Radeon X800, I recommend you look for the XT or the XL.

The XT was the part that ATI intended to compete with Nvidia's top end 6800 Ultra.

The XL is a slower clocked version of the XT intended to compete with the 6800 GT (which is a slower clocked version of the 6800 Ultra).

I found the X800 XT 256 MB AGP card for $329
and the X800 XL 256 MB AGP card for $269. You may be higher or lower depending on where you go.