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Doom III and HL2 with ATI AIW 9700 Pro

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May 27, 2003 5:52:10 PM

Just wondering what you guys think this setup would hold against Doom III and HL2?

Pentium 4 2.4C GHz
ASUS P4C800-DLX
KingMax PC-3200 DDR400 SDRAM 2 x 256MB
Western Digital 36GB S-ATA, 10K RPM
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9700 Pro

I really doin't want to send the extra money on a 9800, but what do you guys think about how this system would far agaisnt Doom III and HL2 @ 1024x768? FPS? I'll be buying this system in about a month, so I won't be able to try the Doom III Alpha till then.

Thanks for info in advance.
May 27, 2003 6:09:53 PM

No, that system will be very, very bad for Doom ]I[! Go ahead and by the parts though and when you get the 9800 pro, you can give the '97 to me:) 

jk, the 9700 pro will be great. Even the 9500 pro can run it ok.

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May 27, 2003 6:29:22 PM

The Doom 3 Alpha test I saw had the 9800 PRO running high quality at 1024X768 at 60+ FPS. Keep in mind, it's an Alpha test and probably will be further optimized. Now, if I remember correctly, that was on an Athlon 3000+. So figure your setup should be able to pull 50+ FPS by the time all is said and done--more if you go medium quality. And Radeons do vertex shading a little better than GeForce FX, which should be very helpful in HL2.


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May 27, 2003 9:47:32 PM

Should be just fine.

At the first E3, Carmack demo'ed Doom3 with an Atlon 2000+ and the Radeon 9700 PRO.

By the time it comes out, Drivers and code will be optimized more. Should be juuust fine.
May 27, 2003 10:12:35 PM

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At the first E3, Carmack demo'ed Doom3 with an Atlon 2000+ and the Radeon 9700 PRO.

Actually it was an P4 2.4GHz but that's just a detail :) 

ya, doom3 should run fine on your system, no need to update

BTW, why don't you buy a single 512mb RAM stick? That way you can later on more easily upgrade to 1 gig of RAM if you notice that doom3 alpha runs very sluggish with 512mb memory :) 
May 28, 2003 1:56:10 AM

AS long as u get more the 30 fps in doom 3 ur good~~~~~ (stares at my Ti4200) u useless piece of thing lol



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May 28, 2003 9:22:48 AM

Hey vacs if I remember corectly that board has 4 ram slots so he can get 2 now and still add 2 more latter. That way he can use the dual ram.
May 28, 2003 2:24:22 PM

vacs, endyen pretty much took the words out of my mouth. I'm getting 2 sticks because I want to utilize the Dual-channel on my motherboard which doubles the bandwidth of your system memory. And I still have the option to get another 2 sticks to upgrade to 1G.
Thanks for your guys info.
May 28, 2003 9:45:43 PM

it's maybe just me, but I prefer 1 gig of single channel RAM to 512mb Dual Channel DDR RAM... but this is maybe just because of the work I do on my PC...
May 29, 2003 9:41:25 AM

'cause like I said, there are programs which run better with 1 gig of RAM than with 512mb Dual-Channel because they are memory-intensive and not bandwidth limited... got it?

Of course if you only play games, 512mb Dual Channel DDR RAM is the way better choice.

why is everyone so agressive the last few months, geez
whatever you say nowadays, there at least 2 people which reply with "you don't know what you're talking about" or "let me tell you how it works"... hey, calm down people, we're not at war!
May 29, 2003 5:15:47 PM

Why not use two sticks of 512 meg RAM for a total of 1 gig and still enjoy the benefits of Dual Channel?


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May 30, 2003 9:11:52 AM

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Why not use two sticks of 512 meg RAM for a total of 1 gig and still enjoy the benefits of Dual Channel?

That's exactly what I suggested in my first post :)  but people are no longer listening to anyone because they are too busy bashing everyone...

Although for 2x512mb DDR333 RAM sticks one can almost buy a GF FX 5900 Ultra, so that choice is not for everyone...
May 31, 2003 12:09:15 AM

you pay 250 dollars a stick?

i only paid 189 for all three sticks of 512 333
unless they seriously dropped the price of video card in question :) 
May 31, 2003 3:56:15 AM

im building the exact same system except with a 9800 pro or a fx5900 ultra.
i play d3 now on an 1800+ with a gig of pc2700, on a 266a via chipset, it isnt great but it is playable for the most part, the setup WE are building will run it nicely.
i play viet cong i cant wait to see how it plays on the rig you mentioned.
May 31, 2003 8:04:54 AM

I have to say i just upgraded from 1 x 512 PC3200 to 2 x 512 and suprisingly ive noticed a differece!!!

Namely that swapping has been reduced to ZERO.

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