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# 1 Graphics card dilema
02-01-2010, 04:33 AM
Hello,I been running a redeon x700 card in my computer for months now and after attemptin to play sto with it,I ran today to get another card due to extreme lag and poor quality graphics .I bought a geforce 8400 gs and Im still experiencing lag at lowest graphic settings.So now a friend of mine said he would sell me his radeon x1950 pro but I wanted to know if this card would solve my problems before I actually buy it lol
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# 2
02-01-2010, 04:23 PM
bump plz help me out
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# 3
02-01-2010, 04:35 PM
Mate, neither of those cards are going to do you much good, the x1950 might, I used to run oblivion okay from one, but don't fork over any more than a tenner for it. ('bout $10) Best bet might be to upgrade to one of the cheap radeon cards, 4850s run pretty much whatever you like in decent quality and cost near on nothing at all
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# 4
02-01-2010, 04:36 PM
No it wont,that card is 3 or 4years old now.
Your 8400 is a pretty poor gaming card and the radeon x1950 wont do you any favours either.

If you want to play the game at decent settings you will have to get a more up to date gaming card.

Maybe best you post your PC specs so people can help you better.
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# 5
02-01-2010, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Sinhealer
No it wont,that card is 3 or 4years old now.
Your 8400 is a pretty poor gaming card and the radeon x1950 wont do you any favours either.

If you want to play the game at decent settings you will have to get a more up to date gaming card.

Maybe best you post your PC specs so people can help you better.


emachine t6410 64 processor 3200+ 2.19GHz 2GB ram. Im looking to spend 60 tops I just want something that will let me get by with little lag.This is the only game I play on my computer so I dont need nothing big lol
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# 6
02-01-2010, 05:11 PM
Honestly, you could upgrade your video card for a marginal improvement, but I think that your CPU is the biggest hinderance here...

Thats a 2ghz SINGLE core 64-bit processor. Well below minimum specs for STO (1.8ghz dual core, although I know of many who run the game on single core P4s 2.5ghz - 3.2ghz as well with little problem). If I were you I'd save your money for now and look towards getting a more capable machine. You can't expect the game to run smoothly with that CPU. Bottom line.
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# 7
02-01-2010, 05:34 PM
I'd agree I have the 8400 and mine runs perfectly fine on the recommended settings. I have no problems whatsoever anywhere so quite obviously the card is not the issue.
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# 8
02-01-2010, 06:27 PM
cheapest budget cards tend to be $80 and decent ones that play STO like ya asking for tend to be at least $160 at warehouse/street prices

also remember with a crap slow CPU even the best video card won't do well ya need a dual core or quad core to get full speed from current cards
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# 9
02-01-2010, 07:20 PM
The A64 3200 Venice Core may no be much by today's standards, but let's not overstate the problem. That chip will still blow most of the crap Netburst ('Pentium 4') chips people are successfully playing STO on out of the water due to the advantage of an integrated memory controller.

That CPU is old, but it is capable of playing this game when paired with 2GB or RAM. The problem is that an 8400GS will not play this game in any desirable capacity, and a Radeon X1950 will not be adequate to solve that problem. Honestly, that CPU will bottleneck most GPUs pretty quickly, as it was designed for use with Geforce 6/Radeon Xx00 series GPUs, and bottlenecks at anything above top-end Geforce7/Radeon Xxx00 GPUs. That said, it can handle things a heck of a lot more powerful than a Geforce 8400. It's also easy to run this game smoothly on video cards that cost a lot less than $160, or even $80. Remember, the OP didn't say he wanted to run the game on high, so he doesn't need a Radeon HD 5770 here; he just wants smooth framerates.

An appropriate graphics card for that system would be a Radeon HD 4650 (or similar card). The cheapest one I know of that doesn't have crap reviews and features a 128-bit memory bus (some have a 64-bit bus ) is THIS card. I am, of course, assuming that the system in question of PCIE-based and doesn't have an AGP board, but it would be atypical for a processor of that generation to paired with AGP. So, if that's not an issue, then pick up that GPU, pop it in, make sure there isn't crap running that's slowing down the system in the background, and then play STO. It's as simple as that, and the game should at least run smoothly at lowish settings and a respectable resolution.
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# 10
02-01-2010, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Undertone
Mate, neither of those cards are going to do you much good, the x1950 might, I used to run oblivion okay from one, but don't fork over any more than a tenner for it. ('bout $10) Best bet might be to upgrade to one of the cheap radeon cards, 4850s run pretty much whatever you like in decent quality and cost near on nothing at all
I'll second this. OP, the 8400 is a terrible card. its a video playback card, not a gaming card. If you are going to game on an 8*** series card, go for the 8600GT with ddr3 ram

But the ATI 4850 is fantastic. As the quoted poster pointed out, it runs almost everything you throw at it in good quality, and costs next to nothing.

Click for proof of 4850
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