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11-05-2004, 11:22 AM
i was thinkig about up grading my pc
because i want to run half-life 2 to at the best graphics possible...
i've got 465 to do with.
thats $857

my specs:

P4 2.66
512 pc2100 ddr sdram
ati radeon 9200

don't know motherband but its a Intel Brookdale-G i845G chipset.

so what should i buy??
i've already found a geforce 6800 128mb ddr ram for about 170 that's $311.

another question is is it worth it?? 'cause i
wont have that kind of money again for some years.
so if i use it i wont be able to upgrade my pc
again for a long time.

11-05-2004, 12:02 PM
Where are you from? You have dollar signs on both your sums. Canadian? Aussie?

Anyway, i would say 1gig ram, video card and PSU. Maybe you could wait until after christmas and find a blowout sale on the 6800 gt (or ultra)or the x800.

http://www.komusa.com/pcduchddr2.html this site seems to have good prices on ram. but check around. www.pricewatch.com (http://www.pricewatch.com) or google what you want. I'll check around to see I find anything interesting for your board.

11-05-2004, 12:50 PM
My 2 cents:
The game runs fine on 512M, yeah there is some intro jerkiness.

I just got a 6800Gt for the bday (from the wife no less) and all I can say is WOW! I have been playing on a NV5900SE and it was ok. But the difference is amazing.

I was playing at 1024x768 no AA, 1xAF no shadows and getting ~20-25fps indoors and ~30-50fps outdoors. With just the graphics card upgrade I now play at 1280x960, 4xAA, 4xAF all settings on Ultra and I get ~100fps indoors and 50-90 outdoors. PS my fps do drop to the 10's on that DAM level.

Yes I know the 6800 is not the same as a 6800gt but it will be a huge improvement. Then you could still add the extra 512M of memory and not suffer any jerkiness.

Do it.

11-05-2004, 01:27 PM
sorry about the mistake it was meant to be a pound sign on the first once. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif
but thanks probatly right about the after chrismas thing..

11-05-2004, 04:39 PM
I didn't find a whole lot on your MB. Seems its a business/home pc solution....


Seems it only supports up to ddr 266 (non-ecc) ram and agp 4x...

Here is the driver download page for what is worth.

I really don't know what to tell you. Email intel about approved memory and email the videocard manufacturer to see if that card is compatible with your board (also keep in mind cooling and power requirements.

One idea is to get another stick of the same 512 ram and go with a lesser vidcard (9700/9800 pro/xt) to get you by and save for a complete system upgrade.

11-05-2004, 08:10 PM
get georce 6800GT, its da best, my system is pentium 4, 2.4 ghz and with the geforce 6800 GT i can play every game on the highest graphics at 1024*786 resolution at nice fps