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August 30, 2007 6:10:55 PM

Hi


I am planning to get Bioshock but i want to know how well my hardware will play it first before getting it
this is what i got

P4 3.2
7600 GS
2x1 corsair 800
80 Gb sata

Thanks

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August 30, 2007 9:50:56 PM

I have a somewhat similar set up, which can be seen in my signature, and I have Bioshock for PC. In order for the game to run as smoothly as I like it, I put the graphics setting on low, with the exception of the textures, which I place at medium.

I think it is the video that is holding me back, and will likely hold you back as well. With your current setup, I would say that is certainly playable, but the 360 may be a better option for you.

EDIT: It seems my sig isn't showing up. You can check out my profile for my set up.
August 30, 2007 10:31:54 PM

Bioshock is (i think) very much dependant on your graphics card, as their doesn't seem to be much that your processer has to do
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September 1, 2007 1:06:40 AM

There is a lot of physics going on which is cpu driven when you blow things up or toss things around, so try keeping that a minimum. It is a shame that such a piece of art cannot be fully experienced by everyone due to hardware, the game feels like reading a book, looks like a movie, and plays like a dream.
September 8, 2007 3:41:26 AM

I'm getting about 20 to 26 fps with an x2 6000+(3.02gh) , 2 gigs ocz dual channel (800 mhz) and an 8500 gt with 512 worth of mem. I'm getting the occaisional stutter but no serious problems !
September 8, 2007 9:55:34 AM

MickyDee... if your graphics card was decent.... that setup would be great
September 8, 2007 12:11:58 PM

fire_storm said:
Hi


I am planning to get Bioshock but i want to know how well my hardware will play it first before getting it
this is what i got

P4 3.2
7600 GS
2x1 corsair 800
80 Gb sata

Thanks


Yea It will run but without any "extra" eye candy settings or high resolution, 1024x 768 tops, but you will just have to see, My 7900GT barely runs it at 1680x1050 with everything off and even it stutters every once in a while but Ive read bioshock is not friendly to 7900GT's
Maybe download the demo first and try it.

btw in case anyone is wondering:
Sys specs
4gb Crucial Balistix
C2D 6320 @ 3ghz
7900GT
WD 250s RAID 0
September 8, 2007 2:52:37 PM

Quote:
btw in case anyone is wondering:
Sys specs
4gb Crucial Balistix
C2D 6320 @ 3ghz
7900GT
WD 250s RAID 0


Dang. I bet you're really anticipating a vid-card upgrade. :D 


I played the demo, but on a machine that well outspecs yours. Though for the power (+5000, 8600gts, 4 gig of ram) It played it very well on high settings at 1024X1280 (I'm not big on insane rez's.)
September 8, 2007 3:26:10 PM

I just wanted to post my specs & frame rates to give perspective, hope this helps:

Playing Bioshock on the following graphics settings:
Resolution in game 1350X768 although higher settings lends same FPS
Everything is set to high, and detailed surfaces is set to DX10

Having said that and looking at my system specs below (or in my profile) utilizing the Fraps utility this is the FPS I'm getting through the first 3 levels
Avg FPS 89 High 110 Low 61

Once again, hope this helps. = )
September 8, 2007 7:04:09 PM

curnel_D said:
Quote:
btw in case anyone is wondering:
Sys specs
4gb Crucial Balistix
C2D 6320 @ 3ghz
7900GT
WD 250s RAID 0


Dang. I bet you're really anticipating a vid-card upgrade. :D 




After attempting to play bioshock, the 8800 gts is in the mail :sol: 
September 9, 2007 4:21:24 AM

Yeah, the 8800gts runs it FINE. I have 2.4ghz quad core, 2gb ram, and the 8800 and I stick it on full settings with no lag ;-)
September 9, 2007 4:40:05 AM

*Update*
I put the older drivers for this experiment and set the Virtual memory to the 5.7GB windows recommended for max and min on the settings and defragged the harddrive it will run pretty good at max rez of 1920x1200 now, I was amazed. I need to try the beta drivers to see if that will help any now :bounce: 
September 10, 2007 6:47:52 PM

I Got the game about a week ago and was surprised to find out that i can play it on max settings with just a FX-57 and a pair of 7800GTX 490/1300 in sli and 2 gig of ram. :D 
September 11, 2007 8:23:37 AM

I do 20-25 avg anywhere "rough" with an OC:D  7900GT on max and 1280x1024.
It's actually quite hardware friendly for a new game.
September 11, 2007 6:42:08 PM

fire_storm said:
Hi


I am planning to get Bioshock but i want to know how well my hardware will play it first before getting it
this is what i got

P4 3.2
7600 GS
2x1 corsair 800
80 Gb sata

Thanks


my best guess would be 20fps average at 1024x768 with respectably medium-high settings. You'll dip down under 20 quite frequently but should not go under 15 very often. It will make the experience a bit... un-fun. There are times when a dip in framerate really screws with your camera and control and that is not fun. At 800x600 you should be able to keep the framerate above 30 with conservative settings. It's really tough to say how good the game is going to look when you finally get it running smoothly during combat. Everyone has different tastes and a different tolerance for framerate pain!
May 27, 2009 6:51:38 AM

I am playing Bioshock right now with all settings at their highest and it's simply amazing. The graphics are so good and the colors so rich and brilliant that this is how the authors want it to be seen. They did a lot of work to make this thing look so good.
I first tried playing this a year ago with a Radeon 9600 card. I have an AMD 3500 w/ 1 gig of ram. It would not even begin to play. I just replaced that card with a new AGP Radeon Sapphire 3850, 512 mb.-This is supposedly the fastest agp card on the market. I paid $111.15 for this and it's been amazing. I can now turn all games all the way up on the video settings and there has been no crashed or errors at all. If you have an agp system and don't feel like doing a complete upgrade I would suggest getting this card.

I also use a small free program called Game Booster. This shuts off all background programs running while your playing so you have alot more resources going to the game. When I'm done playing I just flick it back to normal mode from game mode. Really works great and it's free-Here's a link and there is a new upgrade for it. I'm just starting Bioshock and love it-great game!

http://game-booster.en.softonic.com/
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