Question: How do you grade a gaming PC?!

How old is a PC supposed to be, to be able to run fresh game releases?

  • I like pickles!

    Votes: 5 6.1%
  • 1 year at most is essential

    Votes: 13 15.9%
  • 2 years old should still work

    Votes: 51 62.2%
  • 3-4 years old must be able to run them

    Votes: 11 13.4%
  • 5+ years should be ok

    Votes: 2 2.4%

  • Total voters
    82
  • Poll closed .

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I am sad to see that everyone is whining on the forum that their X years old PC (which they bough for Excel/Word use) can't run EU with all the fancy graphics. And it's somehow MA's fault, that they expect gamers to somehow have gaming computers...

How old do you think a PC that can run fresh game releases needs to be?
 

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if you buy a new power full high and PC, it should be ok for 2 years to play new games. But maybe not on full high settings.
 

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Im buying new PC once a year or two. ATM i got E8400/p5nd with gtx280 4gb memory and its ok to run all games on max details. But i guess another 6 months or a year and ill have to buy myself a new baby ;)
 

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Dunno what should but 2 years old usually does.
 

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Well, let's see what the poll says. I'm still mad that my 2002 Duron 900mhz with 256mb of ram, can run EU, what kind of sloppy bloated programming does MA hire?
 

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Who is whining?

U made ur point, i gues :wtg:
 

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Well my E6850 dual core is 3 years old, it had a new graphics card last year, an ATI 4870 1Gb and its still working fine on new games.

The only game that struggles is EU and yes I've got new games released within the last couple of months.
 

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Well my E6850 dual core is 3 years old, it had a new graphics card last year, an ATI 4870 1Gb and its still working fine on new games.

The only game that struggles is EU and yes I've got new games released within the last couple of months.
Your E6850 is slightly better than my E7300
http://hwbot.org/hardware.compare.do?type=cpu&id=1682_1&id=1002_1

I play on "High" settings outside, but sometimes set the "Shading quality" to "Medium" in crowded areas. The problem is my 22" monitor, that requires a large video resolution. My system matches the requirements for "High Settings".

So, even if you get a more recent CPU, like E8400, you will gain a 10% maximum, the bottleneck being your old motherboard (it's ALWAYS the motherboard ;))

https://account.entropiauniverse.com/support-faq/technical-issues-1/system-requirements/

As you can see, MA recommends:
Computer Processor: Intel I7 / AMD Phenom II
Computer Memory: 4096 MB RAM or more
Graphics Card (with latest drivers): NVIDIA GeForce 285 / ATI Radeon 4870 or better

To play EU on the highest settings, at 1024x768, you need a less than 1 year old PC.
 

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it rather depends on what psec was brought and what performance you expect now.
 

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problem is not only how old is the pc , but what you did buy...
a 2 year hold , very hight spec PC will run EU better , then one you buy today with all the cheapest comp possible...

A brand new shit is still a shit...
 

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I've been considering buying a new machine but with how some of the titles I've bought over the past couple of months have run I'm not going to bother.

I'm not going to buy a new pc just to make EU run better (i.e. more like Crysis), I just don't think its worth it at the moment. Maybe when the other planets startup and MA finally take notice of peoples concerns regarding gameplay then I might consider it again but right now the system I've got is likely to be the system I will have in a years time (may be with more memory and win7 64bit on it).

btw I'm only running XP 32bit with 2Gb of ram.
 

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PC is 4 years old now and still able to run EU on med. to high settings. Need a new one, but it still works so I'll wait.
 

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My old pc 3200+, 7900 nvidia, 1.5gb ram runs eu in low quality just fine.(2005)
My current pc E8500, 8800 nvidia, 4gb ram, runs on very high (2008)
My office pc, Athlon 1100, onboard graphics, 0.5gb ram, not a prayer of running EU.(2004)

Main difference is my personal pc's were gaming systems when new, i.e. 30-50%(maybe more retail) more expensive than basic home/office pc.

I think it is a question of the spec of the pc as opposed to the age.
 

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It basically depends what you pay when you buy the "new one"
If you buy the latest of everything it'll do fine for 3+ years. If you buy the cheap ass version with last years components then it won't last as long.

Personally I buy new system every 3-4 years with a new gfx card every 2nd. Haven't had any issues so far.
 

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Depends what you mean by "run". Sure you can run EU on an old slow PC as long as the graphics are turned down to minimum and you do not mind the lag. However, if you want to run it on deceent settings and at a reasonable speed, then a one year old PC is probably the limit.
 

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Todays uber gear is tomoorows junk. A bit like the items in EU :silly2:

Due launch of VU10 you needed a rather recent comp to run it smoothly.

I don't forsee that UE will become much harder to run. MA has every advantage to have the hardware requirements as low as possible.

So I guess if your PC runs EU smoothly now, it will run EU smoothly witin 4 years.
 

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A 2-3 year old top of the line pc will be able to run EU fine.

1-2 years for a well configured midrange system.

Those figures ofc are not absolute. Eu performance really depends not on the age of computer itself, but rather on age of system's components. A new graphics card could give your 3 year old computer all the boost EU needs, for example.
 

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problem is not only how old is the pc , but what you did buy...
a 2 year hold , very hight spec PC will run EU better , then one you buy today with all the cheapest comp possible...

A brand new shit is still a shit...

It basically depends what you pay when you buy the "new one"
If you buy the latest of everything it'll do fine for 3+ years. If you buy the cheap ass version with last years components then it won't last as long.

Personally I buy new system every 3-4 years with a new gfx card every 2nd. Haven't had any issues so far.

A 2-3 year old top of the line pc will be able to run EU fine.

1-2 years for a well configured midrange system.

Those figures ofc are not absolute. Eu performance really depends not on the age of computer itself, but rather on age of system's components. A new graphics card could give your 3 year old computer all the boost EU needs, for example.
I don't know many people that buy low-end PCs very often (as if one needs only office, they can replace it every 5 years or so).

I do know some people that buy high end gaming rigs more often than 2 years...

Usually, when someone plays games, they know what kind of PC they want. And usually that's something a bot over the average, thus the age is quite relevant to EU performance.

Consider age a "first retail distribution of a certain hardware part". Such that core i7 920 is 1 year old, even if you purchased it yesterday.
 

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So I guess if your PC runs EU smoothly now, it will run EU smoothly witin 4 years.

thats a good point, at least people can spend out now with the knowledge of not needing to a long time.
 

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I would say a year max. to keep playing on highest settings. I have a 2 years old computer (upgraded GFX card to HD 4870) and I'm still running EU on highest settings easily :yay:
 

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My system is 6 years old and still runs EU on medium just fine. The only things I added in that time was more memory currently at 2.5GB and a newer graphics card (ATI X1600) a couple years ago. But I`m finally going to replace it this week with a newer system. My motherboard is starting to get flaky so I had better get to it before it gets the best of me and does`nt start at all. And I won some cash at the casino this week so it`s all good! :D
 

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Thank you for voting. I should have made the topic aimed at CryEngine2, since this is the actual bottleneck of the whole EU experience now, and what should people consider the age of a computer that is expected to run that.
 
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