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Apr 09, 06 at 10:34amgrumpygrim1

Hi, I bought Oblivion yesterday on disk and I haven't been able to play it yet. (Sorry for the long post but I wanted to give you all the info I have)

My System Specifications (as scanned by Windows XP Game Advisor)

Processor AMD Athlon(tm) 64 2200MHz
Display Card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500
Memory 1024MB
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP
Free Disk Space 114.33GB
Display Card Memory 256MB
Display Driver Version
DirectX Version 9.0c
Optical Drive CD/DVD
Sound Card C-Media Wave Device

When I start it up (I have selected the lowest quality settings) the Bethesda video is reeeally juddery so I skip it and then the Oblivion IV video thing runs fine, as does the 'new' 'options' etc screen. When I select 'new' the movie of the old man is really slow and jumpy so I skip it. When designing my character the mouse lags and jumps around the screen so that was very hard going. Then when the actual game starts it is so slow there is no chance of me playing it.

I have looked at the Technical Support post, but all of those computers with my problem have low spec and my computer is quite new and supposedly high spec (I didn't get exactly what I asked for from the guy building my PC so I don't know, but he told me it is the same). I have deleted a lot of stuff off my PC but I doubt this was the problem since my two 150GB hard drvies have around 90% free space.

Please help me otherwise I'm going to have to return the game

Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)

Apr 11, 06 at 12:21pm

Wow Thanks for all the help everyone!

I'm going with an x800 Sapphire because we've managed to get a bit of a deal on it.

I hope to be back these boards soon having played Oblivion! Thursday or Friday hopefully.

See you all soon.

Apr 09, 06 at 10:54pm

Even though it looks like your going ATI. I would just like to add that the 7800 GT range is very cheap right now. The 7900's are out with faster clock speeds, therefore the price on a 7800 is pretty good value for money wise. I run a 7800 gt, I downloaded the latest forceware and selected Oblivion in the profiles. It runs pretty damn good now.

Since you have an AGP motehrboard, you could go for a 7800 GS which costs around $500 australian. So I assume it would be in your price range. These cards run everything, are cheap and are easily overclocked. In fact a friend just brought one from ebay, he's putting it in his amd3500.

The benefit is, that this thing will last until AGP is phased out completely. Then you can go and buy a new system in a few years.

Apr 09, 06 at 8:27pm

If you go ATI don't get the X800. Not because the X1600 is better over all. Obviously the x800 being a high end card is going to be a bit better than a mid range. However the x1600 comes with shader model 3.0 support and the x800 only shader model 2.0. Oblivion utilizes 3.0 so you would be better off with the x1600. You really wouldn't be giving up much to go with the x1600 over the x800.

If you go with ATI of course.

Apr 09, 06 at 7:26pm

quote grumpygrim1
Ooo thanks The ATI x1600 looks promising. Are you sure it will work Koloth?

And by n6800 do you mean nVidia or ASUS?
Actually both: It's an Asus N6800/TD 512mb. It is nVidia. It probably isn't possible for your system to get a faster one. Most newer videocards are not compatible with your (and my) system. But it is fast enough. And... don't buy 512mb extra! 1Gb is more than alright!
Hope it also works for you. Your pc is little bit slower than mine.

Apr 09, 06 at 6:40pm

If you are on a budget the Geforce 6800GS is the best card you can get for the money. It also Overclocks to 6800Ultra speeds easily.

Apr 09, 06 at 6:17pm

quote grumpygrim1
(Also, someone in RL has just told me that I need a 512mb though I don't see how this can be true)
It's not, they're an idiot.

Apr 09, 06 at 6:05pm

I just bought this card a few days after getting Oblivion, I had a ATi x800, and saw a major improvement. If you can afford it, you should get it. Runs very cool and fast.

Apr 09, 06 at 4:04pm

Thanks for the tip SirGrotius! And a huge thank you to everyone who has replied so far, you've been a great help.

Someone has recommended to me the ATi Radeon X800 GTO so I've compared it to the x1600 on this site and it seems better in some aspects but not as good in others. The difference in price doesn't worry me.

Which do you think would do the job best?

(Also, someone in RL has just told me that I need a 512mb though I don't see how this can be true)

Apr 09, 06 at 3:24pm

I agree with the above mentions, your graphics card looks hopelessly outdated. One thing I'd mention when upgrading your card is to double check your PC's power supply, most newer cards have minimum power requirements which might tax your current PSU.

Apr 09, 06 at 2:15pm

Yes I am sure it will work. I am running the x1300 on a lesser system and I get very decent FPS on high settings. I had to do a few minor tweaks due mostly to my processors age but the video card was my savior.

And the x1600 does come in AGP if you don't have PCIe.

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