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Maxing out details Starcraft 2 on 1680X1050 with 7600GT?

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July 28, 2010 6:16:33 PM

Do you think I will be able to play starcraft 2 with full details with my

EVGA 256-P2-N554-AX GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card?
July 28, 2010 6:24:27 PM

I have an AMD 5600 Dual core processor (~2.9GHz?), 6 GB of DDR2800 RAM, Vista x64. If this card will not cut it, what card would it take to play this on max details?
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July 28, 2010 6:31:17 PM

This article from Guru3D might be of use.
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July 28, 2010 6:37:43 PM

GTX260/5770 or better if you want to max out all the details/AA/AF etc..
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July 28, 2010 6:47:32 PM

Mousemonkey said:
This article from Guru3D might be of use.


So all 13 cards in this test group are 3 or 4 generations ahead of mine, and the worst of them can not play 1600X1200 at 40+ FPS (with 4XAA).

I was considering buying the July "best card for $105" Radeon HD 4850 512 MB, but that was not even on that chart. If I bought this, I do not know if the rest of my system would keep up? And even if I did, I can't play at the settings I wanted to.

So up to a $230 GTX460 1GB (only $30 more than the 768MB)? Then I am fairly certain my CPU or PCIeX16 1.0 would bottleneck this card? Thoughts? Whole new computer?
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July 28, 2010 6:48:27 PM

OvrClkr said:
GTX260/5770 or better if you want to max out all the details/AA/AF etc..


Would the rest of my ancient system keep up?
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July 28, 2010 6:49:05 PM

5770=4850 or so i've read. I run 2 4850's and seem to only have an issue with theres a ton of stuff on the screen.
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July 28, 2010 7:11:29 PM

jricha51 said:
Would the rest of my ancient system keep up?


yes..

a GTX 460 768mb will be more than enough power for that game

your 1.0 slot is not going to cause any major FPS loss as its basically running @ 8x speed. If anything you can upgrade your board later down the road for cheap and not have to worry about the PCI-E limitation.
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July 28, 2010 7:12:47 PM

drinkingcola86 said:
5770=4850 or so i've read. I run 2 4850's and seem to only have an issue with theres a ton of stuff on the screen.


4850 = gts250

4870 = gtx260 = 5770

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July 28, 2010 7:23:20 PM

OvrClkr said:
yes..

a GTX 460 768mb will be more than enough power for that game


Is there a lower cost option that is just enough? I buy 1 or 2 games a year, usually 2-3 years old, but I really loved SC1 and want to try SC2 and get the full effect without breaking the bank.

Thanks to everyone for helping me out with this decision. I am probably waiting for Tom's best cards article for Aug. before I pull the trigger.
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July 28, 2010 7:40:40 PM

jricha51 said:
Is there a lower cost option that is just enough? I buy 1 or 2 games a year, usually 2-3 years old, but I really loved SC1 and want to try SC2 and get the full effect without breaking the bank.

Thanks to everyone for helping me out with this decision. I am probably waiting for Tom's best cards article for Aug. before I pull the trigger.


In the 100-180$ bracket you have anything from a 4850 to a GTX 260/5830

In the 200-280$ bracket you have anything from a GTS 460 768mb to a 5850.

these are the options that you have ATM, toms article is not going to show you anything different unless new cards are released for that specific date.


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July 28, 2010 8:10:12 PM

Remember this is a RTS so unless you plan on being a hardcore player online you could go with the cheaper card 4580 and probably be ok with frame rates dipping every once in awhile. Honestly your best bet is to have the money ready to buy a card but first buy the game and play a couple of levels or even online only and see how your current card holds up. Then you can look at the charts and decide what type of performance you want out of the game vs how much you have to spend.
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July 28, 2010 8:42:24 PM

ikaz: Are you saying the FPS is less important for an RTS? I want details and I do not want choppyness or lag when playing single player or 8 person FFA.

I think people have confirmed that the rest of my system is plenty to max out the details and AA @ 1680X1050 resolution for this game.

I am now looking for the lowest priced card that will give me ~50+ FPS at these settings. Then I will decide if it is worth it to me after trying my ancient 7600GT.
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July 28, 2010 8:47:26 PM

jricha51 said:
ikaz: Are you saying the FPS is less important for an RTS? I want details and I do not want choppyness or lag when playing single player or 8 person FFA.

I think people have confirmed that the rest of my system is plenty to max out the details and AA @ 1680X1050 resolution for this game.

I am now looking for the lowest priced card that will give me ~50+ FPS at these settings. Then I will decide if it is worth it to me after trying my ancient 7600GT.

A GTX460 is your best bet until ATi sort their drivers out.
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