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May 10, 2011 10:33:18 PM

Hey all i am currently trying to get Fallen Earth to run smoothly on my current system, not having much luck with 5-10fps... is horrible below are my system specs. I am looking to upgrade my GPU to an 8800GTX along with a new PSU 600-700watt. Would i be able to run this GPU smoothly with Core Duo 2.0GHZ i will also post the games requirements. Thinking about upgrading the CPU as well i will post what i have been thinking about

Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Gaming graphics 1790 MB Total available graphics memory
Primary hard disk 292GB Free (456GB Total)
Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium

System
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Manufacturer Gateway
Model GM5626
Total amount of system memory 3.00 GB RAM
System type 32-bit operating system
Number of processor cores 2
64-bit capable Yes

Graphics
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Display adapter type NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Total available graphics memory 1790 MB
Dedicated graphics memory 512 MB
Dedicated system memory 0 MB
Shared system memory 1278 MB
Display adapter driver version 8.17.12.7061
Primary monitor resolution 1680x1050
DirectX version DirectX 10

Would i be able to upgrade to an 8800GTX with a new PSU 600ish watt and run smoothly...

Does my problems lay with the CPU? If so would a upgrade to Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 Quad-Core (4 x 3GHz) CPU be able to solve that issue?
On top of the top upgrades i would include 2x 2GB DDR2-667 to bump me up to the system max memory

Here is the system requirements for the game.

System Specifications:
OS: XP SP3/Vista SP1
Free hard-drive space: 10 GB
DVD Drive
DirectX: 9.0c
DivX Codec

Minimum Specifications:
CPU: Intel P4 2.8 GHz or equivalent
RAM: 1 GB for XP, 2 GB for Vista
Video Card*: nVidia GeForce 6600/ATI Radeon X1300
RAM (dedicated): 256 MB

Recommended:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz or equivalent
RAM: 2 GB for XP, 3 GB for Vista
Video Card*: nVidia GeForce 8800GTS/ ATI Radeon 3870
RAM (dedicated): 512 MB

*Note: Integrated video cards such as Intel and SiS will NOT run this game.

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May 10, 2011 10:56:07 PM

Dominaz1 said:
A 8800 GTX ??? good card, but old technology.
You don´t need to upgrade your CPU, the first thing to do will be to upgrade your PSU and GPU.

GPU:
ATI 5770 / 6850 depends on your budget would be a good option

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

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

PSU:

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



Okay thank you for the heads up i was unaware of it being an older card. ATI 5770 looks nice my budget for the card is around 250. for the PSU would be under 100. Perfect reply thanks :D 
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May 10, 2011 11:17:30 PM

Posts above are exactly right. That 600W Corsair PSU is a great choice, and any 5770 will suit you nicely.
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May 10, 2011 11:19:11 PM

burnley14 said:
Posts above are exactly right. That 600W Corsair PSU is a great choice, and any 5770 will suit you nicely.



Perfect thanks for the information guys. I am looking to run the game with some decent frame rate what would this set up be after the GPU and PSU upgrade 50-70s?
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May 10, 2011 11:28:25 PM

Brue said:
Perfect thanks for the information guys. I am looking to run the game with some decent frame rate what would this set up be after the GPU and PSU upgrade 50-70s?

At what screen resolution will you be playing? And what detail level settings?
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May 10, 2011 11:29:31 PM

burnley14 said:
At what screen resolution will you be playing? And what detail level settings?



I will check the resolution when i get home, would like to run as high as possible setting wise.
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May 10, 2011 11:39:12 PM

Brue said:
I will check the resolution when i get home, would like to run as high as possible setting wise.

This article comes out every month and is an excellent resource. It can let you know which cards are good choices for you depending on the resolution of your monitor(s) and the level of detail you expect to play on.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card-...

Once you find out more about your setup we can give you better specific recommendations.
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May 11, 2011 3:42:26 PM

Well i must say thank you all for the help i ended up going with a Asus HD6850 1g along with a 750w PSU. Enjoying 80-110 FPS Now on highest settings... thanks again everyone :D 
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