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Trust system requirements lab or not?

by Urfriendlynhoodflyinas / February 7, 2009 9:55 AM PST

Hello Happy
my system is:
two intel core 2 6200 1.80 GHz processors
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 TurboCache video card
1 gb and windows xp home edition
MSI P965 Neo motherboard.

The system requirements lab tells me that my system can run games such as farcry2 and crysis if i get a new video card and have at least 2gb ram. I've heard that you will need a monster system to run crysis so im a little confused. the requirement meter goes below minimum requirements and when i'm playing half life 2 the frame rate goes below 10 if there is a little smoke. If i buy the recommended video card and some gb ram would i be able to run those games properly? Can i still improve the system or should i just buy all new?

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More Of Everything Would Be Better
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 7, 2009 10:05 AM PST

..but it much depends on how big a gamer you are.. The processor is just so-so for gaming.. Yes, d2 GB of RAM would sure help.. And Yes, for Crisis, you need the best graphics card you can afford.

It's your decision..

Hope this helps.

Grif

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by repete_smile / February 7, 2009 11:21 AM PST

You can run just about any game on low settings and resolution on that hardware with acceptable framerates. If you want good graphics or have large screen: UPGRADE

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by FrankQC / February 7, 2009 2:18 PM PST

With specs your computer might be able to run it... but on very low graphics. If you don't care about details in graphics then sure, try it.
If you're into cutting edge you should get a gaming pc.

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hl2
by chickenorfish / February 8, 2009 10:02 PM PST

if you lag in half life 2 i doubt crysis would be very fun

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Crysis doesn't require triple-digit graphics cards...
by (Display Name) / August 15, 2009 12:03 AM PDT

Your graphics is the bottleneck for a lot of games right now...
!!!UPGRADE!!! Half-Life 2 should run silky-smooth with any $50 card (maybe less). Even some of the ultra high resolutions should be ok with many of the modern cards that are in the $50USD minimum price range.

You don't need too powerful of graphics anyway - especially for your system. a $80 graphics card should be able to run Crysis with a number of the higher quality settings (barring the large resolutions...you'll be stuck around 1280x720 at the most)...but you're going to find that your CPU will soon be too slow (if not already becomming problem) for all apps.

RAM is something to look at for sure; 2GB is becomming the required standard. RAM is different though, it's not as hard of wall when it comes to performance (except when speaking of the more demanding modern-games which WILL require 2GB)... that said, Vista (x64) really gets great use out of 4GB of RAM. RAM always helps.

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