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Will Demandin Games":bioshock" run on a high end system /full specs?

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September 9, 2007 3:54:09 PM

I'm going to get a system with either the top most high end cpu or the next one to it, and SLI cards, either the ultra or the gtx/ 4gigs ram.

will I be able to max out on demanding games, spending that much $ was the point, thou I hear there are issues with bioshock...
September 9, 2007 4:21:07 PM

You can play maxed out on a single GTX card, you don't need SLI for that.
September 9, 2007 7:58:09 PM

usually getting extreme edition CPUs is a complete and utter waste, especially for the price you pay. (QX6850 3.00Ghz is like $1450 vs Q6600 2.4Ghz $270)

Right now the only 2 CPU purchases that make ANY sense are the E6750 or the Q6600
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September 9, 2007 9:58:41 PM

so is the new nvidia card comming out this Nov?
September 9, 2007 10:03:45 PM

Id like to know what kind of resolution youll be playing at 2... SLI on a 19" LCD is a waste... but SLI on a Dell 30" at 2560x1600 now that is needed
September 9, 2007 10:41:45 PM

Yes it is coming out, however it's not a "Top of the line" card, but instead a card to fill the gap between the 8600GTS and 8800GTS, rumored names are 8700GT and 8700GTS. So if you're shooting for a top of the line rig, then waiting is pretty pointless (SLI GTX).
September 9, 2007 10:48:38 PM

i thought it was 9x series
September 9, 2007 11:19:37 PM

It never was, just a horribly spread rumor that some guys in theinq and xbitlabs forums decided it would be fun to do, but people actually believed them and started saying how the G92 would be the renaissance of graphics cards etc etc... When most of us with a brain kept insisting it would be a refresh.
September 9, 2007 11:31:12 PM

I just bought a new rig not too long ago, here is the specs:

E6750 (clocked to 3.2ghz)
Gigabyte p35-DS4
2Gb Corsair 800Mhz C4 RAM
8800GTS 320MB OC

Runs Bioshock at max settings on 1280x1024 without a problem in the world, yu only need a better video card atm if you want to go 1600x1200 res or above!
September 9, 2007 11:33:05 PM

and thats running vista 64 bit (which ive had no trouble with at all, apart from some auto-install batch files not running (coz there 16bit))
September 9, 2007 11:33:28 PM

Personally im still waiting for the G92 to come out too see how it does, before i got out and spend $$$ on a GTX.

I still think that all of this comes down to the res your playing your games at, im buying a 27" or 30" Dell soon which will need the power. If you dont have a high res panel SLI will be useless to you
September 9, 2007 11:59:43 PM

ok stupid question since I'm lond overdue in pc technology, well no too long, If i get 2 video card, how does it exactly work, the dvi connecdtion from 1 will go to a monitor, but both cards are being used?
September 10, 2007 12:00:50 AM

Yup, that's how it works :)  the software will use both cards, but you only need one connection to your monitor
September 10, 2007 12:06:03 AM

so whats a nice 22-28 inch monitor ? with good contrast ect.
September 10, 2007 12:40:04 AM

I run Bioshock at the max at 1680x1050; under Direct X9 it ran perfectly with 4xAA enabled too(renamed Bioshock.exe to R6Vegas_Game.exe, but FOV doesn't work then) and Direct X10 performance was flawless as well at the same quality.
September 10, 2007 12:42:28 AM

Here are my current specs I have messed around, " I dont know if I should get a higher cpu, and a different mother board? suggestions



CASE: CoolerMaster Stacker 830 Tower 420W Case W/ Side-panel Window
CPU: (Quad-Core)Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz 1066FSB 8MB L2 Cache 64-bit
MOTHERBOARD: (Quad-Core FSB1333) Asus P5N-E nForce 650i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard
MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)4GB (2x2GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Mushkin Xtreme w/ Heat Spreader)
VIDEO CARD: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO CARD 2: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA)
LCD Monitor: NONE
HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (1TB (500GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
Data Hard Drive: NONE
Optical Drive: Sony Q170A 18x Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: COMBO DRIVE (16X DVD-ROM & 52x32x52 CD-RW) (BLACK COLOR)
SOUND: Creative Labs X-FI XtremeGamer 24-BIT PCI Sound Card
September 10, 2007 1:09:30 AM

You will be just fine with that CPU, its great. Get a 680i board if you are doing SLI to get x16 on all the slots, That way you get full performance from the sli cards.

Do you really need 1TB of space? if you do that's cool. Everything looks good though.
September 10, 2007 1:28:41 AM

I didnt find Bioshock that demanding at all.

14x10 rez
max everything
Q6600 @ 2.7Ghz
GTS320 Stock.
3Gb

Even during intense battles i will get 30-40 fps easily.

I would NOT recommend an Ultra... total waste, nor SLI (depending on ur rez)
Just get a gtx + better cooling, then oc it faster than an ultra.
September 10, 2007 1:29:58 AM

680i mobo for sure... and wouldnt it be better getting 2x GTX and OCing them... thats all the ultras are.
September 10, 2007 2:35:02 AM

Get the GTX, not the Ultra. Find a GTX with a good heatsink like the EVGA KO series and overclock it yourself for free. Spend the extra money on something more worth while like a night at the strip club.
September 10, 2007 2:43:06 AM

DON'T SLI

and I'm starting to believe what EMP said. I don't think the next generation graphics card from Nvidia is coming out in November. There is absolutely nothing posted on nvidia website or legit source

bioshock isn't as demanding as i thought it was going to be
I run it at 1600 x 1200 max settings, with an extra 8xS antialiasing and 16x anisotropic on a 7950gt 512mb stock superclocked

get 8800gtx instead of ultra, no sense in spending another 100 for a couple frames

just DON'T SLI

computer:
cpu: e6600
motherboard: p5w dh deluxe
ram: 2gb 2x1 ddr2 800 pc26400
hard drives: 2 SAS 15k hard drives in raid 0
videocard: 7950 gt 512mb superclocked
September 10, 2007 2:49:25 AM

why not sli? what about for upcomming games that might need it
September 10, 2007 3:05:43 AM

i say you should wait till the crysis demo is released. you will have a better idea at what u should buy after the fact.
September 10, 2007 4:13:37 AM

reason to not sli

lets say you do sli two 8800gtx's and the next generation graphics card comes out 9x series. one card of the 9x series will almost always beat an sli'ed setup of the previous generation.

if i had an sli setup with my two 7950's i wouldn't be better off than one 8800gtx

there is no reason to blow another $5-600 more on an sli setup
-why not pocket that, get one 8800gtx, and have the extra $5-600 to use on the 9x series WHEN it comes out.

and i wouldn't worry too much about near future games if i had an 8800gtx. If can play bioshock all the way up on 1600x1200 max, with 8xS antialiasing, 16x anisotropic, with ONE 7950 then you can surely play crysis and UT3 at high settings with an 8800gtx.

check out tom's vga charts and you will see what i am talking about (about the next generation cards compared to the previous generation in sli)

and i restate- stick with gtx and dont go with ultra. you gain maybe 3 frames more with ultra but blow $100+ more to get it
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September 10, 2007 4:44:17 AM

lennyx said:
Here are my current specs I have messed around, " I dont know if I should get a higher cpu, and a different mother board? suggestions



CASE: CoolerMaster Stacker 830 Tower 420W Case W/ Side-panel Window
CPU: (Quad-Core)Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4GHz 1066FSB 8MB L2 Cache 64-bit
MOTHERBOARD: (Quad-Core FSB1333) Asus P5N-E nForce 650i SLI Chipset LGA775 FSB1333 DDR2 Mainboard
MEMORY: (Req.DDR2 MainBoard)4GB (2x2GB) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Mushkin Xtreme w/ Heat Spreader)
VIDEO CARD: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO CARD 2: NEW!!! NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA)
LCD Monitor: NONE
HARD DRIVE: Single Hard Drive (1TB (500GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD)
Data Hard Drive: NONE
Optical Drive: Sony Q170A 18x Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
Optical Drive 2: COMBO DRIVE (16X DVD-ROM & 52x32x52 CD-RW) (BLACK COLOR)
SOUND: Creative Labs X-FI XtremeGamer 24-BIT PCI Sound Card

Please tell me your not going to use that 420w PSU for that nice setup? I would consider (at minimum if not OC'ing much) this PSU for 8800gtx setup for $80 shipped!
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W Active Power Supply Retail ***Free Shipping***
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

but I'd recommend this deal for a good solid PSU for $65 shipped after MIR (assuming you trust MIR's):
Antec NeoPower NeoHE 550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 100 - 240 V UL, CUL, TUV, CE, FCC, CCC, CB, C-tick - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 10, 2007 12:44:41 PM

As soon as the rumored 9800 comes out there will be rumors of something even better and then people just wait and wait and wait.

120 FPS isn't better then 60FPS if your're already topped out at max settings - get what you need to enjoy your system now and upgrade when the "next greatest thing leaps beyond the 9800"
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