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Tis the season - Modern Warfare 2

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December 24, 2009 1:05:18 PM

Well, somebody just bought me COD4 Modern Warfare 2 but I'm not sure my system will handle it.

My processor and memory should be fine but I have an ASUS board with on-board Radeon video. It runs my older games like HL2, Doom3 etc great but I'm sure the newer games need a bit more.

I'm not a huge gamer but I would like to play this one. Can anyone recommend a low-cost card that will allow me to play this on my system with average settings? The minimum is listed as "Geforce 6600GT / ATI Radeon 1600XT or better" but that seems really weak. (The onboard card that I have now should be faster than those but it's choppy on the Modern Warfare 1 demo that I downloaded.) Think I'll need to do better than that.

Here's my system info:


ASUS M3A78-T AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Phenom 9850 Quad Core CPU @ 2.51 GHZ
4 Gig Ram
Radeon HD 3300


Thanks and Merry Christmas!


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a c 189 U Graphics card
December 24, 2009 1:38:45 PM

Well, since u already have that game, why wouldn't u just try it? :) 
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a c 148 U Graphics card
December 24, 2009 1:58:24 PM

I would ask what your Power supply specs are to recommend something.

COD4 and MW2 use the same engine, so it would play pretty much the same.

A 4670 would probably be a nice cheap card to get it running pretty well. A 5750 would be MUCH better, but we have to check your PSU.

MW2 is a fun game. The multiplayer kind of dissapointed me a bit because there are no dedicated servers, but I was able to get the game for $30 at best buy because a flier missprint :-P. What makes this game is the campain (about 6 hours of play). And the Special Ops missions (UBER FUN!).
December 24, 2009 2:07:10 PM

thanks for the replies. I have a 450W power supply.

I've installed it and it is pretty choppy. I'll need to upgrade for it to play smoothly.

a c 148 U Graphics card
December 24, 2009 2:09:48 PM

do you have the specs of your 450W PSU, you may have several video options depending on what the specs are.
a c 126 U Graphics card
December 24, 2009 2:13:31 PM

Need to know things like PowerSupply Make and Model, Amperage...

Also what resolution is your monitor?
December 26, 2009 1:43:58 AM

Sorry for the delay. Got tied-up with the holiday.

Anyway, I'm glad that you asked about the power supply because it's actually smaller than I thought. I forgot that I had to replace it 6 or 7 months ago with a smaller one.

Here are the specs for the one I'm using right now. It's a 350W Rosewill (rv350).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


As for the monitor, I have a 24" Samsung 245 BW. Max resolution is 1900x1200 but I'm not looking to get that high in the game. ...although it sure would be nice. :) 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a c 1428 U Graphics card
December 26, 2009 1:47:42 AM

That PSU might even have a hard time with HD4670
a c 189 U Graphics card
December 30, 2009 7:55:08 AM

Okay, now u want to crossfiring it?
Don't u want to upgrade your PSU too?
We don't want u regret it later...
a c 126 U Graphics card
December 30, 2009 9:14:11 AM

wow....crossfire on a roswell 350W : /

Why would you even crossfire two bad cards? two wrongs don't make a right.

If I were you I'd sell that PSU, and both of those 4670's, then buy a quality PSU and a 5770
a c 148 U Graphics card
December 30, 2009 11:15:08 AM

bjiggs said:
I ended up buying this card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm setting it up right now. Just need to figure out how to enable the Crossfire support to take advantage of both chipsets....


I think you are refering to the Hybrid Crossfire. You can not use the onboard video in crossfire with anthing other than a 3450 or 3570 card. It is only designed to be used in hybrid mode with the lowend cards. Just turn off the onboard and use the card.
December 30, 2009 3:22:59 PM

Yeah, I found that out when I checked the manual.

Thanks for all of the help! Everything is working fine now and Modern Warfare 2 is running great.

Not bad at all for a $70 card.
a b U Graphics card
December 30, 2009 3:27:59 PM

jay2tall said:
I think you are refering to the Hybrid Crossfire. You can not use the onboard video in crossfire with anthing other than a 3450 or 3570 card. It is only designed to be used in hybrid mode with the lowend cards. Just turn off the onboard and use the card.


It's only 3450 & 3470, not 3570.
A single 3650 blasts a 3300+Sideport/3470 setup, a 4670 blasts that.
December 30, 2009 6:12:36 PM

I swapped the power supply with an older PC that I have. Thanks for the heads-up though.
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