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Video card upgrade for FEAR 2

By rogue12
Feb 5, 2009
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  1. Well new fear game coming out soon, i downloaded the demo to find it lags on lowest settings so i need a video card to run it lot better as i currently have the 8600GT.

    Budget- $200 AUD (maybe bit over if its not to much more)

    Power supply- Widetech 650 Platinum 500watt +12v 24A
    Motherboard- Acer ERC410M
    Memory- 2x Corsair DDR2 1GB PC2-4300 (266mhz)
    Graphic interface- PCI-E 16X
    CPU- Intel Pentium 4 524 3066MHZ
    Country- Australia

    thanks for the assistance.
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    get a 4870 1gb or a gtx 280
  3. rogue12

    rogue12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 49

    well my budget is $200 AUD not over $400 AUD which is what those cards are worth down here.
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    I doubt you're able to get a card to run fear2 without lag for that much. You can look into getting a 4850, but that's as low as I'd go with that game. Not sure what the price is there, its 150 usd here though.
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    I recommend this PSU upgrade and a 9600GT from eBay. Should be within your budget and will give you smooth performance on any game, including FEAR 2, with all image quality options maxed out (except AA), at any resolution upto 1440x900. I have no idea of FEAR 2's performance, since I have not played the demo myself. But I doubt it would be very stressful, since its based on the same engine as FEAR with some improvements.
  6. brotheryang17

    brotheryang17 TS Rookie

    I can run the Game at highest setting with a hd 3870 ( no AA) so i would think if you get get yourself a 9600gt or hd 4850 you should have no problem with the game
  7. PCIGamer

    PCIGamer TS Rookie Posts: 113

    Go the 9600GT. F.E.A.R 2 runs fantastic under this card.

    MSY have them priced at 512M 9600GT Inno3D / MSI / Gigabyte / ASUS
    143/143/156/156
  8. rogue12

    rogue12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 49

    thanks for the suggestions will i need a new psu to run the 9600gt?
    this is the site ill most likely be buying from

    http://www.techbuy.com.au/search.as...umRecs=20&srchSortBy=2&rbSrchType=ALL&x=0&y=0

    i was wondering if someone could skim through and pick the best on that website (ive got it all narrowed down to make it easier) that will work with my psu, ive also noticed a few 9800gt in my price range are they much better then 9600gt?
  9. PCIGamer

    PCIGamer TS Rookie Posts: 113

    your PSU will be fine.
  10. brotheryang17

    brotheryang17 TS Rookie

    i would get the Palit 9600gt from the site because the 1 gig card its just as cheap as some of the other brands but if you want a name brand maker i would go with Msi as its clocked alittle higher and they make quality parts, Hope that helps
  11. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    my 9800gtx+ runs fear 2 maxed out at 1680x1050, i love that demo but its way to short
     
  12. rogue12

    rogue12 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 49

  13. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Those are pretty high prices. I recommend this card and this PSU instead. About the same in total that you would pay at the other site, unless the shipping costs are greater.
  14. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,128

    im running my 9800gtx+ on a 500w psu with dual 19A 12v rails. i will upgrade soon so i can run two of them in SLI later on

    Rage the psu you linked to only has one PCI-E Connector, the 9800gtx+ needs two, rogue12 can still use it if the Gainward 9800GTX+ comes with a molex to PCI-E power converter
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    Yes, you are correct. Thanks for pointing that out.

    Molex-to-PCIE converters are very cheap though, and can be bought from any local computer store.
  16. ZaUcY

    ZaUcY TS Rookie Posts: 89

    but who wants to have to do that!
  17. FoReWoRd

    FoReWoRd TS Rookie Posts: 238

    9800gt or 8800gt, 4850
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