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September 4, 2006 8:56:10 PM

Hello chaps,

Ive got an amd xp clocked @ 2600+ and 512ddr ram (333mhz).
I wish to buy a gfx card _just_ to play hl2 on and my agp gf3 ti200 doesnt quite cut the mustard.

I live in the UK and dont want to spend anymore than £80 (although cheaper is fine!).

Im reserved about asking people in shops as i dont trust their knowledge.

Any ideas welcomed!

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September 4, 2006 9:16:11 PM

well i dont know how much things cost over in the UK but take a look at these and see if any are in your price range. you may not be able to max out the Graphics but pretty close.

nVidia Geforce 7600GS
nVidia Geforce 7600GT
ATI Radion x800
ATI Radion X800GTO

all of these are pretty affordable and should be able to handle HL2 just fine. I used to use a 6800GT with my old athlon XP setup (2800+ Barton) and i could almost max out the settings on HL2 but not quite. looked fine though and got plenty of frames. good luck.
September 4, 2006 9:16:41 PM

Buy a used ATi 9800 pro or XT from ebay. It's sufficient to run hl2 and counter strike source.
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September 4, 2006 9:16:52 PM

Get a X800GTO but you also need to get more memory at least 1gig.
September 4, 2006 9:17:59 PM

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Buy a used ATi 9800 pro or XT from ebay. It's sufficient to run hl2 and counter strike source.

Yea, that'll be good, also, 1gb of RAM would also be good.
September 4, 2006 9:26:08 PM

dude agp puts a lot f constraints.........stil ur best bet wud b geforce 6600gt 256 mb or 6800 256 mb(agp version if dats available for d latter.)
both shd b in a price range of 40 - 60 pounds.
happy half life 2 ing
cheers :o 
hope dis helped
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September 4, 2006 9:37:15 PM

You want to buy a card just to play hl2? Sorry, but that is ridiculous. Can't anything else there... :?
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September 4, 2006 10:17:15 PM

gotta agree with the other replies to this thread £80 quid to play HL 2 thats dedication (or a need for medication :D  lol jus kidding) don't know where bout's in UK but it could be worth checking your nearest PC World you might be able to find a 6600gt\gs or a 9600 pro for around that always worth checking the manager's specials a.k.a end of line stock oh and don't forget to check out Hl 2 episode 1 it requires no more GPU oomph than HL 2, Good luck & happy fragging. 8)
September 4, 2006 10:55:00 PM

my X700pro played it perfectly, even with 4xaa and 8xaf, some drops in frames when id go out into a big area tho, but you could easily run at 30 fps+ with no aa or af.
September 4, 2006 11:29:38 PM

Quote:
Hello chaps,

Ive got an amd xp clocked @ 2600+ and 512ddr ram (333mhz).
I wish to buy a gfx card _just_ to play hl2 on and my agp gf3 ti200 doesnt quite cut the mustard.

I live in the UK and dont want to spend anymore than £80 (although cheaper is fine!).

Im reserved about asking people in shops as i dont trust their knowledge.

Any ideas welcomed!


Get another 512 stick of ram, and a 6600GT. It'll play HL2 on Medium-high settings.
September 5, 2006 4:03:26 PM

Pretty much anything produced in the last few years other than a Geforce FX should run HL2 fine. I played through it at 1600x1200 on my Radeon 9500 Pro when it was first released, with pretty much all options maxed out.
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September 5, 2006 4:12:03 PM

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nVidia Geforce 6800XT(same as 6800GT but cheaper i believe)


This needs to be corrected before the OP bites into it. The 6800XT is not the same as a 6800GT. It has 1/2 the pipes (8 vs. 16), and to boot most 6800XT's are low clocked like a 6800 vanilla, putting them below a 6600GT. The ones with 1000MHz memory clocks are not so bad, but I'd still think there are better bargains out there.


OP: a used 9700 pro or 9800 pro would handle HL2 just fine, but with no FSAA turned on. A 6600GT would be a little better. X800GTO just may be in your price range and is above a 6600GT & 6800XT.
September 5, 2006 4:15:36 PM

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nVidia Geforce 6800XT(same as 6800GT but cheaper i believe)


This needs to be corrected before the OP bites into it. The 6800XT is not the same as a 6800GT. It has 1/2 the pipes (8 vs. 16), and to boot most 6800XT's are low clocked like a 6800 vanilla, putting them below a 6600GT. The ones with 1000MHz memory clocks are not so bad, but I'd still think there are better bargains out there.

Glad someone said that.
September 5, 2006 4:16:06 PM

yeah sorry i didnt realize until after i posted. forgot to look at the pipelines i just looked at the clocks. ill edit my post now.sorry for the mix up.
September 5, 2006 4:18:54 PM

Quote:
Hello chaps,

Ive got an amd xp clocked @ 2600+ and 512ddr ram (333mhz).
I wish to buy a gfx card _just_ to play hl2 on and my agp gf3 ti200 doesnt quite cut the mustard.

I live in the UK and dont want to spend anymore than £80 (although cheaper is fine!).

Im reserved about asking people in shops as i dont trust their knowledge.

Any ideas welcomed!


I've got the same specs except 1GB PC2700 (333mhz). Any of the X8XX series would be perfect. I've got an X800XL, and HL2 runs smooth with everthing at max 1600x1200 and Source HDR.
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September 5, 2006 4:26:03 PM

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nVidia Geforce 6800XT
nVidia Geforce 6800GS(not quite as good but cheaper)

You need another edit :wink:

The 6800GS is much faster than the 6800XT. It has 12-pipes and is reference clocked at 350/1000 (like the better 6800XT's out there). Plus the 6800GS is more money, and probably not worth buying as they are near the 7600GT AGP prices. Personally I would take the 6800XT off the recommend list too, and replace it with a 7600GS.Not sure if he can find either in his price range.
September 5, 2006 4:28:03 PM

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my X700pro played it perfectly, even with 4xaa and 8xaf, some drops in frames when id go out into a big area tho, but you could easily run at 30 fps+ with no aa or af.

yea, 800x600...

No way Jose
September 5, 2006 4:35:10 PM

Quote:
Hello chaps,

Ive got an amd xp clocked @ 2600+ and 512ddr ram (333mhz).
I wish to buy a gfx card _just_ to play hl2 on and my agp gf3 ti200 doesnt quite cut the mustard.

I live in the UK and dont want to spend anymore than £80 (although cheaper is fine!).

Im reserved about asking people in shops as i dont trust their knowledge.

Any ideas welcomed!


I've got the same specs except 1GB PC2700 (333mhz). Any of the X8XX series would be perfect. I've got an X800XL, and HL2 runs smooth with everthing at max 1600x1200 and Source HDR.

I had a X800 Pro before I upgraded to a 7800 GS and it did not support HDR ...it did support bloom and that looked good too....
September 5, 2006 4:38:40 PM

Quote:
Hello chaps,

Ive got an amd xp clocked @ 2600+ and 512ddr ram (333mhz).
I wish to buy a gfx card _just_ to play hl2 on and my agp gf3 ti200 doesnt quite cut the mustard.

I live in the UK and dont want to spend anymore than £80 (although cheaper is fine!).

Im reserved about asking people in shops as i dont trust their knowledge.

Any ideas welcomed!


I've got the same specs except 1GB PC2700 (333mhz). Any of the X8XX series would be perfect. I've got an X800XL, and HL2 runs smooth with everthing at max 1600x1200 and Source HDR.

I had a X800 Pro before I upgraded to a 7800 GS and it did not support HDR ...it did support bloom and that looked good too....

Source has it's own version of HDR that is DOES support. It doesn't support OpenEXR HDR.
September 5, 2006 4:42:21 PM

there happy :p . Also looking at these prices i should have sold my old comp for more than i did. lol
September 5, 2006 5:31:05 PM

OCUK has an X1600Pro (scroll down) for £67.99.

While not the best card out there, it will easily play HL2 and CS:S. Other than that, go for eBay and see if you can pick up an X800 series or one of the 9800 flavors of cards on the cheap.
September 5, 2006 5:32:12 PM

I used to have a 6600GT 128MB and 1024MB DDR400 of RAM with Intel 530@3.0GHZ ...I played HL2 & HL2E1 ..with max settings with 4XAA , 8X AF . FPS were always aorund 35-45 even with HDR .

and there is nothing wrong to search for a special card for HL2 .. HL2 source engine became so popular that many other games will be using it in the future ..no to mention that we have already CS:S and Day Of defeat :Source ..

there is also another game called Sin Episodes ..and another RPG game ..but I don't remember it's name .

but to get ready for future adjustments in that engine (particualrly for Ep2 and Ep3 ) it's better to get a 6800 or 6800GT . may be consider an X800XT or X800GTO .
September 5, 2006 6:11:13 PM

the gf 6600 is a good card for its price :) 
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September 5, 2006 11:21:31 PM

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there happy :p 

Yup, ya made my day. :tongue:
September 6, 2006 1:29:41 AM

i've seen the 256mb 6600gt's around on ebay for about £70-80

good thing about them is they can output hdtv through dvi at proper resolutions, so you would be ok it you have or were to purchase an HDTV and wanted to run your computer through it
September 6, 2006 7:55:02 AM

Quote:
Hello chaps,

Ive got an amd xp clocked @ 2600+ and 512ddr ram (333mhz).
I wish to buy a gfx card _just_ to play hl2 on and my agp gf3 ti200 doesnt quite cut the mustard.

I live in the UK and dont want to spend anymore than £80 (although cheaper is fine!).

Im reserved about asking people in shops as i dont trust their knowledge.

Any ideas welcomed!


get a 6600 GT AGP.it will suit u fine
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