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Author Topic: Agh Elder SCrolls 4!!!THe graphics!!! help me find a card  (Read 4320 times)

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anyone else played this game, it has high praise form my brother and his roommates so i picked it up on saturday.

the thing is that it wrecks my comp at around 800*600, i don't play many graphic intensive games(more of a tetris and trance music guy) anymore, so I only have a geforce fx5200 i beleive. it can't handle the graphics, anyone recommend a good upgrade graphics card that wont put me in the whole mroe than $100 or is this impossible?

i even cleaned out my comp before i installed too, like 3 hours of uninstalling and virus scanning and then i install and can't get through the character create because it is too slow.
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« Reply #1 on: 10 Apr 2006, 19:38 »

This list will help you a litttle bit.  

http://www.elderscrolls.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=270923

Supported Video Card Chipsets:
* ATI X1900 series
* ATI X1800 series
* ATI X1600 series
* ATI X1300 series
* ATI X850 series
* ATI x800 series
* ATI x700 series
* ATI x600 series
* ATI Radeon 9800 series
* ATI Radeon 9700 series
* ATI Radeon 9600 series
* ATI Radeon 9500 series
* NVIDIA GeForce 7800 series
* NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series
* NVIDIA GeForce 6600 series
* NVIDIA GeForce 6200 series
* NVIDIA GeForce FX series

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« Reply #2 on: 10 Apr 2006, 22:38 »

I wouldnt mind a little more in depth, ie price breakdowns, and bang for your buck opinions on those cards.

Back in teh day I coulda told you everything about any vid card on the market, but I am no longer an emo teenager with nothing but time :S
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« Reply #3 on: 11 Apr 2006, 01:05 »

Okay, now that I'm not at lunch, I can go into this a bit more.

Firstly, it's helpful to know the rest of your system, to see if it's even worth upgrading your card.  Going off just what I know about your existing card...

You're more than likely running AGP, which is a dying technology.  If you want to stay AGP, this is going to limit you.  You're better off getting a PCI-Express motherboard and card, which will set you up for the future.

However, there's no way in heck you'd be able to do this for $100.  In fact, it will be difficult to get a better card for $100; and AGP variants of existing PCI-E cards are more expensive than their PCI-E brothers.

Are you willing to spend a little more on this?  If not, buy the ATI X800GTO (~$169).  It's the cheapest option with good performance on AGP.

If you are?  Get a PCI-E motherboard (~$100) and either the PCI-E version of the 6800GS or a 7600GT (~189).

eVGA makes good nVidia based cards, and both Sapphire and ATI make good cards for ATI chipsets.

http://shsc.info/PCPartsPickingGuide  is a great source for PC parts info and is where I gleaned a bit of my knowledge for this post.

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« Reply #4 on: 11 Apr 2006, 03:04 »

Dude, I am totally bookmarking that page.  I might even put up a link to it after I've read through it.  We were talking about doing something like this a while back, but if I can just link to an external source that seems to be updated regularly then that is just aces & spades.
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« Reply #5 on: 11 Apr 2006, 04:12 »

The nvidia 6600gt is know to be quite good for it's price
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« Reply #6 on: 11 Apr 2006, 05:07 »

The elder scroll forums have some good advice but finding it can be a bear sometimes since posts fall off pages faster than fast.

My advice is to go PCI-E since AGP is going to die sooner or later.  Why invest into a new mediocre card when you can save up some more money and get a really good card and a new motherboard?  The 6600gt is a good recommendation for the price though.

Also there is a whole thread on Oblivion here.
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« Reply #7 on: 11 Apr 2006, 07:38 »

Why invest in a mediocre card? Because you're poor.
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« Reply #8 on: 11 Apr 2006, 07:40 »

No if you are that poor you have better things to spend money on than a video card.  Trust me, I was in college forever :P
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« Reply #9 on: 11 Apr 2006, 08:41 »

http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/genmessage.php?board=924363&topic=27071162
hope that link helps, it's a thread over at gamefaqs.com made to help people run this game

i personally use a nvidia 6600gt and am happy with performance
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« Reply #10 on: 11 Apr 2006, 18:22 »

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No if you are that poor you have better things to spend money on than a video card.  Trust me, I was in college forever :P


No I have better things to spend my money on then a large chunk of my money on my computer.

If I wanted to spend $600 on my computer Id go spend $600 dollars on it.  But I dont want to invest alot of money into a time sink, I want to invest a smaller amount of money into it.
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« Reply #11 on: 11 Apr 2006, 18:26 »

I've got a brand-new AMD dual-athlon mobo, a gig of ram, and a PCI-X nVidia card arriving tomorrow. I can't wait to see how they handle Oblivion.
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« Reply #12 on: 11 Apr 2006, 22:21 »

Jeph, I run a very similar setup and Oblivion runs like a dream.

The memory and multithreading tweaks http://www.tweakguides.com/Oblivion_9.html">here gave me about a 10-15 fps increase on average.
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« Reply #13 on: 12 Apr 2006, 11:27 »

Handling Oblivion isn't the problem.  The game issues are.
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« Reply #14 on: 12 Apr 2006, 11:37 »

I haven't had any games issues other than needing to tweak it for performance.
Is it really as bad as Morrocrash?
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« Reply #15 on: 12 Apr 2006, 12:13 »

I went into a house.  I try to leave.  Always crashes.  Try prior save game.  Crash.  After that I'm like three quests back.  Grr.
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« Reply #16 on: 12 Apr 2006, 12:56 »

Now that does suck.
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