External hd question

By Tha General ยท 7 replies
May 26, 2008
  1. I just added a highspeed 2.0 pci card in my tower, only because my computer is old and didn't ship with 2.0 highspeed usb slots. Anyways, i was wondering was it safe to play games on a external hd?

    Is an external hd just like and just as powerful as an internal one?

    I install painkiller black edition on the external hd and it works fast and seems to be ok, i was just wondering.
  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,474   +126

    You can, but it depends on the CPU in the system, and the video card sub system? What do you have for the old PC.

    256-bit GPU for graphics
    128-bit for 128-mb for DDR

    CPU 2.4- 2.6GHz L2 cache 512KB or 1024MB
  3. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    Well painkiller black edition works perfectly on it and works very fast.

    I have a PIII / 600MHZ with 512megs of ram, and my GPU is the New Visiontek 2400 HD PRO PCI , 64bit DDR2.
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,474   +126

    Pain Killer BE
    * OS: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
    * CPU: 1.5 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon processor
    * RAM: 384 MB
    * DVD-ROM Drive: 4X or Higher
    * Hard Drive space: 2.6 GB available
    * Video: 64 MB DirectX 8.1 compatible video card (NVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS or better)
    * Sound: DirectX 8.1b or better compatible sound card
    * Input: keyboard and mouse

    Then you're luckly, but I bet the video card your using is what is making it quick. AMD ATI. How much RAM is on that video card?

    With stock PIII 850MHz with 512MB ATI 2xAGP 8MB of RAM my other clone is PIII 1GHz I move the CPU off one and add to another. These are DELL D600 laptops.. I also remove stock slow HDD to 40GB 72000 rpm 2.5 drives in each. They both run XP Pro SP2

    I can run
    Quake3 full
    Half Life
    Lan base games.. Is your Pain Killer BE a lan base game?
  5. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    256.0MB But keep in mind, the best PCI card is the 8500GT. I hope to get it one day.

    Btw, i played Crysis on this computer the other day on the external hd lol. The game doesn't play fast on this computer obviously, but it was ok.

    I only plan to play one game on this external hd tho, don't over do it. :)
  6. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    Oh and btw, you should upgrade your card. You arent using PCI, you have more choices and your cards are way cheaper then mine. I bought the 2400 for 137 dollars haha.

    If i had AGP , i would get a much better card.
  7. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,474   +126

    Well you can get that card for 8x AGP, which is what I would like to get but the price is still high. So you got the PCI one. Those see to be cheaper than the 8x AGP, but yeah you're right. I have mix of ATI and Nvida, I rather the Nvida though for game play.
  8. Tha General

    Tha General TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,106

    Painkiller has multiplayer :)

    And yea the agp version of the 2400 is 80 bucks, that is kinda high for that type of card. Good luck finding a good card tho, newegg has plenty of good agp cards.
    They also accept money orders, which i use :)
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