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Yorkie10
11-13-2015, 02:39 PM
My GT640 graphics card doesn't meet the specs for AC Syndicate. As a pensioner I don't want to be spending a lot of money on a new card. Can anyone recommend a budget card, preferably less than 150. Thanks. Meanwhile, I've reluctantly removed the game from my Christmas wish list.

strigoi1958
11-13-2015, 03:43 PM
I would advise the gtx 960 2gb you can get them on ebay new for around 138... there is a 4gb 960 but I'm not sure if it uses the extra vram very well. so I'd stay with the 2gb version. The 960 is a great card.

armyjoker90
11-13-2015, 03:56 PM
My GT640 graphics card doesn't meet the specs for AC Syndicate. As a pensioner I don't want to be spending a lot of money on a new card. Can anyone recommend a budget card, preferably less than 150. Thanks. Meanwhile, I've reluctantly removed the game from my Christmas wish list.


I have a GT640 and I've played AC Unity last year in medium settings. The system requirment of Syndicate are lower than unity..so I think we'll be able to play Syndicate. ;)

Yaseen0147
11-13-2015, 04:28 PM
i would agree with strigoi1958 ,960 is a very good card ....btw whats your PC specs?

YazX_
11-13-2015, 05:58 PM
to be honest i cannot recommend any card with less than 4GB vram nowadays, however, the choice of purchasing a graphics card heavily depends on your target resolution and graphics settings, so best way to answer this question is post your target resolution and on what graphics level (low, medium, high or ultra) you are willing to play the game on.

RVSage
11-13-2015, 07:03 PM
Based on the requirements here is the graphic card sorted, could be a useful reference

Minimum range cards
GTX 660, GTX 670,gtx 750, GTX 750 ti, gtx 950, r9 270, r9 360, r9 370 , gtx 680, 960 (2gb versions)



Recommended Range cards
GTX 760(4gb), gtx 960(4gb), gtx 680(4gb), r9 290 r9 380 4GB versions for safety



Above recommended
gtx 780(4gb), gtx 780 ti, gtx 970, gtx 980, gtx 980 ti and The titans, r9 290x , r9 390, r9390x, r9 fury series



Special mention gtx 770 falls somewhere between recommended and above recommended. Not sure where to put it

YazX_
11-13-2015, 08:47 PM
Based on the requirements here is the graphic card sorted, could be a useful reference

770 is like 10%-20% faster than 680, so the 2GB version will fall under min and 4GB version will fall under recommended.

Yorkie10
11-14-2015, 12:51 PM
Intel i7-2600 cpu @3.40GHZ
8 GB Ram

Yorkie10
11-14-2015, 01:01 PM
Game-debate.com says that the GT640 is way below minimum requriements. I've been playing Unity on the GT640. Other tests I've done state that Syndicate requires requires a 2mb card minimum and the 640 comes out at 1.9

Yorkie10
11-14-2015, 01:09 PM
to be honest i cannot recommend any card with less than 4GB vram nowadays, however, the choice of purchasing a graphics card heavily depends on your target resolution and graphics settings, so best way to answer this question is post your target resolution and on what graphics level (low, medium, high or ultra) you are willing to play the game on.

Settings I play Unity on, which are the same as I want to play Syndicate on are:
Ambient occlusion off
Antialiasing off
Display Full
Environment quality Normal
God rays off
PhysX particals off
Reflextion quality High
Resolution 1366x 768
Shadow quality Normal
Texture quality High
Volumetric fog Off

strigoi1958
11-14-2015, 02:18 PM
It is not ideal and you're missing out on so much when you game at that resolution.

I don't have all the settings on but resolution is very important. If you have a monitor capable of displaying 1920 x 1080 then you should play at that resolution. I cannot describe the incredible difference that makes to my old eyes (I'm not far behind you Yorkie ;) ) I'm already moving from 1920 x 1080 to a 2560 x 1440p monitor after Christmas (sale time :) ) so a full hd monitor would be my first priority and new 22" are 70 and used 24" are 40 (but I'd wait for the sales after Christmas) Same goes for a graphics card, after Xmas people with 960's who got 980 ti's will sell the 960's for 80 to 100).

Gaming is 1 of my biggest pleasures and I want the best I can get at a reasonable price because I owe it to myself :) and as I get older the more I appreciate the clarity that comes with higher resolution,

This is actually a TV image but it shows what I mean

http://www.hdtvsolutions.com/images/articles/Luther-Resolution-Large.jpg

Danny_rx7
11-14-2015, 02:54 PM
Intel i7-2600 cpu @3.40GHZ
8 GB Ram


Game-debate.com says that the GT640 is way below minimum requriements. I've been playing Unity on the GT640. Other tests I've done state that Syndicate requires requires a 2mb card minimum and the 640 comes out at 1.9


You will be able to run Syndicate, thats for sure! Probably with everything on lowest and 720p.

On the other hand, your i7 2600 is still very powerful for games. And if you need, you could just buy some high end graphics card like GTX980.

YazX_
11-14-2015, 03:59 PM
Settings I play Unity on, which are the same as I want to play Syndicate on are:
Ambient occlusion off
Antialiasing off
Display Full
Environment quality Normal
God rays off
PhysX particals off
Reflextion quality High
Resolution 1366x 768
Shadow quality Normal
Texture quality High
Volumetric fog Off

mmm, its hard to find a card with 3-4 GB vram with your tight budget, in my opinion your best choice is 750 Ti since getting GTX 960 2GB is useless because its 200$+ and also has 2GB which is the same as 750 Ti, the 960 4GB version is like 50$+ more which exceeds your current budget.

750 Ti can pull around 30 FPS on HD resolution on medium settings, so i think you will be fine with your current resolution, settings and most importantly your budget.

if you decided to get a high end card in future, you can always put 750 Ti as Physx card, so it will not go for waste.

tracer.prime
11-14-2015, 08:06 PM
GTX 2 gig 750 or higher is enough dude i have that and a i3 core and i can run fallout 4 on high... how u understand that and im gonna get AC to

Lignjoslav
11-14-2015, 08:06 PM
I took a quick look at amazon.co.uk and found a few Radeons R9 380 2GB (sorry about the mistake) for as little as 155. That should be a much stronger card than a 750Ti.

EDIT: I haven't played the game yet, obviously, but I wouldn't recommend 750 non-ti. A 750Ti could run Unity at 1600x900 high (more or less, people were often tweaking their graphics control panel a bit to get a smooth 30fps). A 750 non-Ti is around half way between a 750Ti and a GT640, which is what you've got at the moment.

YazX_
11-14-2015, 11:48 PM
I took a quick look at amazon.co.uk and found a few Radeons R9 380 4GB for as little as 155. That should be a much stronger card than a 750Ti.

are you sure its 4GB version, i have run a scan and its the 2GB version, however, even if its the 2GB version its a better choice than 750 Ti as you said.

Lignjoslav
11-15-2015, 12:21 AM
Oops, you're right! :o The 2GB models are ~150 and up and 4GB models start at 175.

Danny_rx7
11-15-2015, 12:45 AM
R9 380 (rebrand R9 285) is so much better than GTX750Ti.

Anyways, for the same price you should go for GeForce GTX960 4GB. It is very similar to R9 380, but keep in mind that AC Syndicate will surely run better on GeForce (Maxwell) cards. ;)

Yorkie10
11-15-2015, 01:17 PM
GTX 2 gig 750 or higher is enough dude i have that and a i3 core and i can run fallout 4 on high... how u understand that and im gonna get AC to

Thank you, I've added the 750 to my Christmas wish list.

YazX_
11-15-2015, 01:24 PM
Thank you, I've added the 750 to my Christmas wish list.

750 is too weak, if you insist on having Nvidia, then at least make it 750 Ti since price difference is trivial, although i still highly recommend AMD R9 380.

GhostAssassinLT
11-15-2015, 01:30 PM
This is the new PC issue. When a new game releases we need new hardware. It is soooo stupid.
What new PC issue?
I've had a PC for 20+ years and the gaming industry keeps pushing the envelope every year, meaning sooner or later you have to upgrade to better hardware.
A PC is good for 3-4 years if you buy bleeding edge, if you don't want that than stick to consoles.
Personally I'm glad modern games and game graphics are better than they were in the 90's.

Lignjoslav
11-15-2015, 05:06 PM
I "like" to criticize Ubi when there is an actual reason, but "new PC every year" just doesn't stand up to a reality check.


If you were able to run Unity last year, there's a 99.9% chance that you'll be able to run Syndicate just as well, if not a little better.
Similarly, if you ran the original AC, you were most likely able to run AC II, Brotherhood and Revelations, and if you ran AC III, more likely than not you had no issues with AC IV and Rogue (and Liberation, if we count that too).

strigoi1958
11-16-2015, 11:46 AM
I always look for a k model cpu to give it another year with an overclock, so many cpu's can go past 4Ghz on air cooling and still be stable.... and even my 6700k is only as fast as my old cpu so the only gain I got was going to Hyperthreading for my multitasking and video work....
But yes I tend to look at a new PC every 3 to 4 years and a gpu every 2. It might sound excessive but ... in the UK, smokers spend an average of 30 to 40 per week on cigarettes and drinkers spend the same... My new PC every 4 years and gpu every 2 years averages out 12 per week so my addiction is far cheaper ;)

Yorkie10
11-20-2015, 12:09 PM
Thanks to all for the helpful replies. systemrequirementslab.com says I can't run Syndicate. But they also say I can't run Unity and Black Flag, both of which run fine. Now I just have to decide one of three options:
Keep Syndicate on my Christmas list and treat myself to a new graphic's card if it doesn't run after Christmas at a discount on eBay
Get a new graphics card after Christmas and then buy Syndicate
Save up for an Xbox one and get the Xbox version of Syndicate
Andrew

Baned0n
11-20-2015, 02:57 PM
I'm currently playing ac syndicate with a Radeon r7 250 oc 2gb version, at 1680 x 1050 it runs ok but have to run my system on low setting but I'm not all about eye candy I prefer gameplay, but I do run a program from razer called razer cortex, it shuts down all the unneeded crap in the background and frees up all the resources I need to play, in w10 I had a massive drop in fps in unity until I found this and used it so now I run it all the time when gaming make a huge diff to some games I play. btw my specs are amd fx 6350 6 core, 16gb ddr3 and the Radeon r7 250,