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Waffentraeger
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posted 04 December 2008 09:53 EDT (US)         
This is the "Can I run ETW" thread.
Please post either your DxDiag (Go to start > run > DxDiag, save then upload). Or post the detailed specs of your pc.

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CaesarVincens
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posted 04 December 2008 12:21 EDT (US)     1 / 98       
Perhaps, you should repost the min specs in the OP.

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posted 04 December 2008 17:08 EDT (US)     2 / 98       
I'm not entirely convinced this thread is needed as the majority of forummers are asking in the Min. Spec thread. I'll leave it open for now and see how it goes.

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Waffentraeger
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posted 04 December 2008 17:41 EDT (US)     3 / 98       
Just an idea, I thought that eventually that thread will be sought after and loose views, and this thread would become a sticky until launch. If you don't think it's nessecary, you may close it.
jomas
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posted 04 December 2008 18:12 EDT (US)     4 / 98       
crud, i just found out i have a 2.20 ghz ram
and it requires 2.40
so now i have a question, the limit says "2.2GHZ single core)
but i have the"2.2 ghz double core"
whats the difference? would that allow an edge or am i still stuck?
Waffentraeger
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posted 04 December 2008 18:17 EDT (US)     5 / 98       
No you're fine, double core is basically a single core times two. I assume that ETW will be coded for multi-core systems, so what your CPU will do is split each core. So you will have about 4.4ghz.

(I wonder what my quadcore will be like...)
SpartanOfShadowz
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posted 04 December 2008 20:11 EDT (US)     6 / 98       
I have a quad core. its sweet, but yeah this thread is unnesscesary or however you spell it

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jomas
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posted 04 December 2008 22:44 EDT (US)     7 / 98       
so lol, i actually CAN run the game :P
it will be on the lowest graphics possible
and i'll need to avoid navy battles and bigger battles
but i should be able to get the main thing working
Waffentraeger
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posted 04 December 2008 23:31 EDT (US)     8 / 98       
Yeah who knows how it will run, but you do squeeze by on the minimum.


Spartan - you're just jealous because I came up with this thread before you!
PrivateClark
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posted 05 December 2008 00:44 EDT (US)     9 / 98       
I doubt it will run but what do you guys think?

Windows XP Professional SP2
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 CPU 2.40GHz
1534 MB Ram
Direct X 9.0c
ATI Radeon 9250 (Aprox Total Memory 256MB)

I'm sure im going to need upgrades, but im not really sure in which sections...
Waffentraeger
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posted 05 December 2008 09:58 EDT (US)     10 / 98       
More RAM and upgrade your GPU.
jomas
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posted 05 December 2008 16:27 EDT (US)     11 / 98       
so im wondering
i pass the GHz 4.40 (or a 2.20 dual core)
i have 1.87 of ram
and 700 mb graphics


so if i upgrade anything it should be a graphics card right?
SpartanOfShadowz
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posted 05 December 2008 17:37 EDT (US)     12 / 98       
well what is your graphics card, sir?

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jomas
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posted 05 December 2008 17:55 EDT (US)     13 / 98       
ATI radeon Xpress 1250
it can hold only 700 mb
Waffentraeger
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posted 05 December 2008 18:31 EDT (US)     14 / 98       
Yeh your GPU will hold you back, but it's bearly cutting through the minimum.
SpartanOfShadowz
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posted 05 December 2008 19:05 EDT (US)     15 / 98       
Have fun on low settings

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jomas
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posted 05 December 2008 20:38 EDT (US)     16 / 98       
i hope i do
im going to have to save alot of cash so i can eventually upgrade
SpartanOfShadowz
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posted 05 December 2008 22:23 EDT (US)     17 / 98       
when you buy your new graphics card, make sure you properly install it... messing around with that stuff would be a bad idea. failed gfx card fails the entire cpu.

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Waffentraeger
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posted 05 December 2008 23:22 EDT (US)     18 / 98       
Incorrect Spartan!

Jomas,

Find out if you are on AGP or PCI x16, then you can shop at newegg.com and search for a card that fits that expansion slot. In theory, if you find a card that uses PCI x16, or AGP, it will run fine. On some occasions a GPU requires high power voltage (ie. 12v), but if you get a mainstream GPU you really shouldn't have problems.

If you have a wrong video card, nothing will really happen. You might not be able to see the video properly, or perhaps it might blue screen... Your CPU won't be harmed.
SwampRat
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posted 06 December 2008 09:33 EDT (US)     19 / 98       
I'm hoping that the dual core part will save my cpu - a good old althlon 64 x2 3800. It's only 2ghz ish but I guess that should be enough...

Currently I've got an old graphics card too (6600GT) but plan to be getting a nice shiny new one shortly
Waffentraeger
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posted 06 December 2008 10:07 EDT (US)     20 / 98       
Should be fine, make sure ETW will be set to both affinities, and you might want to up the CPU usage for ETW. Make sure that the new GPU you get won't be bottlenecking on the CPU.
help_me please_1
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posted 06 December 2008 18:40 EDT (US)     21 / 98       
im asumming my current laptop with a 1.87 ghz processor won't be up to scratch, especially as the site says minimun is 2.4, it has everything else needed but i know it's not easy to ghange laptops - if someone knows differently please say.

For getting a new pc, would a dual 1gb ram do in place of a 2gb ram? (ill be getting vista)

any recomendations of a cheap pc that will do the job?
Waffentraeger
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posted 06 December 2008 20:37 EDT (US)     22 / 98       
Recommended for vista:

2.4Ghz dual core (single core would be choking)
4Gigs of ram, being able to play with large armies is the only way to go!
8 series GPU's or higher (Nvidia), 7 series will work, however the graphics will be lacking and you will more than likely experience graphic lag (if not on the 7800GTX)


From experience, my current pc can play a 6000 man battle on MTW2 with little graphic lag, I will expect the same from ETW except a bit smaller of armies. I am assuming that your laptop barely cuts the minimum if you CPU is not above 2ghz.

So i suggest either you do extensive laptop upgrades, or build a new desktop.
PrivateClark
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posted 06 December 2008 23:11 EDT (US)     23 / 98       
What system requirements would i need to play ETW with decent-High settings? Can anybody recomend a good graphics card?
Waffentraeger
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posted 07 December 2008 00:37 EDT (US)     24 / 98       
Clark:

Are you on PCI x16? 2.0? AGP? (Expansion slots)

Decent-high settings graphics wise would require probably an 8800GT or higher, I can imagine that maybe a few 8600's would do that job. If your an ATI kind of guy, Probably a 3870 (Double check on that model).

Preferably, I have always used NVidia for gaming, their cards never let me down. What kind of money are you looking to spend? There are REALLY good deals right now for the 9 series GPU's on newegg in the $100-200 range, the 9800GT i have right now I got for about $120, normally sells for 160'ish.

You can expect to be able to run ETW2 on high/max settings with huge scale (i am basing this off of what I currently know about ETW, also basing these standards off of in-game screenshots), with at least 3 gigs of high-pref ram, and no, ram is not just ram. A GPU with at least 512MB Vram, and probably stream processors, the new floral system looks like it would shoot pixel pipe lines through the roof.
Relatively fast CPU's will help speed up extensive loading times, do to new graphic engine they probably have done some extensive coding work to help rebuild a more stable and complete loading process.

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posted 07 December 2008 07:44 EDT (US)     25 / 98       
OK here's my specs.

Intel (R) Core 2 Quad 2.40GHz

2GB RAM.

ATI Radeon HD 2400

My computer is Vista so has DX10.

Where it say Core 2 does that mean it's a dual core?

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