Will this computer ever handle HL:Source games?

By Exdeath
Jul 10, 2008
  1. I have a Dell Dimension 2400 (yeah i know its terrible)

    Around 1.2GB of RAM
    Intel Pentium 4 2.2GHz
    Windows XP
    I only have PCI slots

    My video card is some integrated bullshit and I was going to buy a Sapphire 100114 LB Radeon 9250 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI v

    and I'm wondering if my computer would be able to run games from the Half Life 2 Series(ie:Counter Strike:Source, DoD, TF2 etc). If you know of a better video card then link it here.
  2. Exhonour

    Exhonour TS Rookie Posts: 36

    Can you tell us your video card first? I used to run CSS/HL2 on a similar computer, I didnt have too many problems. But my processor was a bit faster, less ram tho.

    Im pretty sure there might be demos, if not check if you have an nvidia card, if you do you can download halflife deathmatch for free, portal, and halflife lost coast. That will basically tell you how well you can run em.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    Yes, the 9250 will run them all, since the Source engine will default to using DX8 shaders with that card, providing pretty smooth performance IMO.
  4. Exdeath

    Exdeath TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I was also thinking about a Radeon HD 2400PRO

    would this card be able to run it better or worse?
  5. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Rage, I had several issues with my 9250 and CSS, but a 6200 ran it fabulously. I wonder why? Maybe because its a 64bit?
  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,427   +27

    I think it's more to do with the fact that the 6200 has a better architecture and is also a DX9 card as opposed to the 9250, which is a DX8 card.
  7. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Aaaah, that is very true. In fact, the 6200 runs it on EVERYTHING on top on high, with AF on 4x, but everything else on lowest at like 35-60fps, which is actually very smooth.
  8. Exdeath

    Exdeath TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Update:Radeon 2400 Pro Runs all source games at max resolution at 40-60 fps

    Im guessing this is the best card for PCI?
  9. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    No, the best cards are the 8500 and 8600. Then there is the X1550. What is your budget?
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