Video Card for this game?

#1Blitz_WillPosted 1/23/2013 5:46:13 PM
What's the cheapest video card that can run this game? I am new to updating my graphics card for games. I don't want to spend too much money either.

I looked up some fairly cheap ones, the EVGA e-GeForce 8800GTS 640 MB and the ASUS EAH4850 Graphics Card. Would either of them work?
#2JonWood007Posted 1/23/2013 7:31:33 PM(edited)
I'd look into like a 6770. Should run this on medium and only costs around $100-110.

8800 GTS might do the trick, but that thing's old. Same with 4850.

If you're gonna go for the 4850 or someting similar, go 6750....its' newer, will run stuff for longer. It's not good to buy cards from 4+ years ago because they sometimes won't meet the minimum requirements. Odds are you'll be trying to replace it by this time next year, for whatever newest game is coming out (and as it is, Crysis 3 when it comes out in a month or two wouldn't run on either of those cards).
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#3Blitz_Will(Topic Creator)Posted 1/23/2013 10:00:48 PM
Thanks, I appreciate the reply.

PS2 is probably going to be my first and only FPS game (going to college next year, and i'm putting the graphics card into my home desktop), so I'm not sure if paying the extra 40-50 bucks is worth it.

But I will look into the version you recommended. Thanks.
#4JonWood007Posted 1/23/2013 11:08:07 PM
If that's literally the only game you'll play, then I guess the 4850 will still do the trick, I'm just looking at it from the perspective of you possibly playing other games in the future. 4850 BARELY cuts it for PS2. It's the bare minimum. Future games it won't run at all, and if you want to play games coming out next year, or the year after, you may be out of luck. So thats where im coming from.

As for going to college...yeah, good luck. You need a killer laptop to run PS2 decently. I pull 8-20 FPS on mine lol.
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#5jcmasonPosted 1/24/2013 4:51:29 AM
Wow, I just checked and realized that the System Requirements say an 8600 will run the game, that's crazy. I did not think a card that old would handle it, but if that's what it says then I guess you should be fine.
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#6JonWood007Posted 1/24/2013 12:34:44 PM(edited)
Planetside's system requirements are wonky.

They require an 8600 on the nvidia side, but a 4850 (which is literally like 3x better) on the AMD side.

I know I used my 6520g, which is roughly comparable to the 8600....trust me, it's not enough. When I happened to be GPU bound, I still only managed to pull 15-20 FPS. And that was at like 1024x768 on below minimum settings (I did stuff with the config). Trust me, an 8600 is not enough if my 6520g is any indication. The cards you mentioned, ie, the 8800/4850, are the MINIMUM you want to consider.
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#7InterSpectraPosted 1/24/2013 4:17:24 PM
I don't have experience with AMD GPUs but for Nvidia I would recommend at least a GT 640 for PS2 to be enjoyable. It's perhaps 1/6 the power of a GTX 680, but until they optimize the game better, it's the CPU that's being heavily stressed. With my 680 and max in-game graphics setting I only get ~45 fps while foot zerging with a 3770k @ 4.5 GHz and GPU is running perhaps 75% or less.

Earlier in the month Newegg had a shell shock deal with the Zotac GT 640 (2GB DDR3), 50 bucks after rebate. Very worth it for that price, however it's normally hard to find that low of a price. RIght now after rebate at Newegg the Galaxy 64TGF8HX6FTZ GeForce GT 640 is 65 bucks after rebate, clocked 50 MHz above reference but just 1 GB DDR3 (which PS2 does not max out). Not saying you should get that right now (not even free shipping), but currently for 65 or less not a bad deal (until the optimized Kepler crashes those prices).

Not sure how much reference you will be able to get out of this, but that Zotac model is able to run the starting mission of Call of Duty: World at War at max graphics, 1920x1080 between 25-40 fps. CPU was a "weak" Q8300 quad core @ 2.5 GHz stock, 4 MB L2 cache.

Hope this helps and good luck!
#8bikeblasterPosted 1/24/2013 9:35:52 PM
Common problem is, people asking these kind of questions, the rest of their PC is usually crap, and a new graphics card regardless won't help them. Unless? Topic creator, what is the rest of your PC specs?
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#9ghrrcPosted 1/25/2013 5:48:55 AM
You don't need a great GPU to run this game and the end of January patch is supposed to improve performance even more for those with lower end video cards.

What you need to run this game well is a good processor. Preferably an i5 or i7 because AMD CPU's have very underwhelming performance with planetside 2.

You can run the game with somewhat moderate specs but don't expect much more than 15-20 FPS in large battles.

If you do decide to try the game TC make sure you find your useroptions.ini file in the game's installation directory and make some changes. Most importantly turn off shadows and lower the render distance (2 major factors related to CPU performance). Some options affect performance differently depending on how strong your GPU is. With a 6850 I can crank the graphics settings to high with no issues but I need to turn certain other options down because I run an AMD CPU.
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#10JonWood007Posted 1/25/2013 9:48:30 AM
I can typically pull 30 in reasonably heavy battles with my custom config with a phenom II, but still drop in the 20s in total crapfests ( very heavy amp station/tech plant/bio lab/crown battles). I'd classify my performance as roughly "console quality" (although graphics still look better).

But yeah, you're not going anywhere unless you have at least a core 2 quad, regardless of video card. i5 2500k or above recommended.
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