first off I need to know what hardwere that I have will be fine for next years games, im not sure how to check what is currently in my computer atm since its been so long since iv looked that up, but i know that i have:
Windows XP home edition, version 2002
AMD Athlon 65 processor 3700+
2.21 GHz, 1 GB of RAM
if any more info is required then please say how to search my hardwere for the more detailed things.
next ill need to know what exsactly makes a game run faster, i know a good amount but then again, its been about a year since iv even thought about most of it so i have already forgoten a quite a bit of what each part does, for example how does my graphics card effect how well my game runs? i remember there being a good site for this info but i have forgotten it, and if there is one that yall could give me that would be just as good, better yet summerizing each part would help best.
and then last i need to know what parts i need to make my game fit the needs of the next gen. (atleast all games untill 2008) without haveing to give a arm and a leg to pay it off. Oblivion came out a while back, not too long after i had custome made my first computer with the help of some friends. I had bought the game, waiting to see how well my computer would react to it, knowing that this was the bigest test for computer gaming for a while, so far WoW had run perfectly on it which alone made me very happy since i use to live with 1 FR per min. on my old computer (if thats correct, i only saw like 1 picture and then refroze every min or so) so i boot up oblivion, starts out just fine in the caves, then i go outside and start laging quite bad, i turn off grass completly and it stops the lag, yet still there is lag in some towns in certain areas. over all the computer costs 1000$, 1500 including new monitor, speakers etc. over all this was the only game that ever gave me trouble lag wise. since oblivion made me lag, that meens that the next gen games that im looking at (spore mainly) will give me quite some trouble.
over all i would like to spend only about 500$ on upgrades, 1000$ would be the huge limit, but i highly dont want it to cost this much. but then again im not sure whats all the best, buying the top type of hardwere, or buying a pretty good version and wait for what use to be the best version get cheaper. im not sure which would cost less money, buying the best so that i dont have to pay for both a part good enough for the present and then buying another one later on when the what use to be exspeinsive versions are now cheap, or just buying that exspeinsive version first off so i dont have to upgrade later on (untill say 2008 ofcourse) if that makes enough since, i tried my best.
if there are any programs that allow me to figure out what is required to fit the needs of a good computer for the next gen. please show me a link, if it costs something and is a fair amount ill buy it if its realy a good product.
one last thing, if this isnt the forum to ask these questions, like if its too technical then if possible guide me to a more detailed forum. thank you
Edited by jgweed, 29 October 2006 - 11:39 AM.