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Need a little help after my computer quit!

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Hello everyone, firstly may I apologize for writing this here, I'm not sure I'm in the right place!

Recently, I had the disappointment of having my computer break down, and now I'm unable to play TOMI, as my laptop isn't powerful enough.

I looked on Ebay for a cheap computer, anything really so I could play it again. I'm not very technical, and would be most grateful if someone would be kind enough to tell me if this computer would be sufficient?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HP-Desktop-Computer-Tower-PC-Pentium-4-HT-2-8Ghz-XP-Pro_W0QQitemZ150384510859QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Computing_DesktopPCs?hash=item23039d878b

Many thanks for your help.

Best wishes,

Philip

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  • Hey dude,

    I'm in the middle of buying a new PC, so I kind of got used to technical stuff. Not advanced, just the basics. :)
    I couldn't see any specification regarding the video card. That's not good, because it may mean that it is incorporated thus very weak.
    Generally it is ok, but the RAM memory (1 GB) is not enough to fully enjoy ToMI. I have 1,5 GB of RAM and a 512 RAM GeForce Graphic card and STILL I cannot play the game on a higher setting than 4 (9 is Maximum).
    Basically, get a PC with at least 2 GB of RAM and a good Video Card, preferably GeForce of at least 512 MB.

    Hope this helps, but don't take my word for it 100%, ask around some more :)

    Cheers!

  • Thank you very much Silverwolf. Greatly appreciated. :)

  • any current computer you buy today, even one of the cheapest ones, will be able to run TMI. but just to be on the safe side, you should buy one with an actual DirectX supported graphic card, and not a built-in graphic processor.

    [quote]Generally it is ok, but the RAM memory (1 GB) is not enough to fully enjoy ToMI. I have 1,5 GB of RAM and a 512 RAM GeForce Graphic card and STILL I cannot play the game on a higher setting than 4 (9 is Maximum).[/quote]

    I have 512 of RAM and a 256MB graphics card and i'm able to run at graphic mode 8. so you should really look into what's bottle necking your computer, because it sure ain't the RAM.

  • That's good to know Mataku. Thank you for replying!

  • Well, I just asked the seller and he says it has onboard graphics (unfortunately!) which can be alloted up to 128mb. Would this worK hen with TOMI?

  • probably not. you can still buy a separate graphics card that will override the onboard one.

  • Generally it is ok, but the RAM memory (1 GB) is not enough to fully enjoy ToMI. I have 1,5 GB of RAM and a 512 RAM GeForce Graphic card and STILL I cannot play the game on a higher setting than 4 (9 is Maximum).

    @Mataku said: I have 512 of RAM and a 256MB graphics card and i'm able to run at graphic mode 8. so you should really look into what's bottle necking your computer, because it sure ain't the RAM.

    Neither of you said what resolution are you playing. Maybe Silverwolfpet plays at high resolution (i.e. 1440x900), so he has to reduce graphic settings; and Mataku is playing at low resolution (i.e. 800x600), so he can increase the graphic settings.
    Anyway, besides RAM and graphic card, look at the main CPU proccesor. If you have a lot of RAM and a top graphic card, but you have a slow, single-cored CPU, then THAT IS the bottleneck

  • Silverwolf - chances are that your processor might be a bit behind if you can't play ToMI above 4. 1.5 GB of ram and a 512 MB video card should be more than optimal on that end, so I can only guess the processor is holding you back.

    In response to the original question, that computer is a bit behind the times: would do you well if you were looking to do some light gaming of older games. but as someone mentioned above, with no mention of a video card you'd want to buy one to get some gaming in. I doubt ToMI would run - but as Mataku said, you could probably just get another graphics card - probably pretty cheap. But for that processor speed, you probably shouldn't get anything over 256MB, because it probably wouldn't take full advantage of anything bigger (from the picture, it looks like it would be an AGP card, but I'm not sure - those are cheap nowadays - heck I've got an old one I'm trying to sell). So that computer is good for running SCUMM VM and some older games that aren't graphically heavy. If you're looking for something good to surf the net on and do some business type stuff, that would work.

    I built my own computer about 8 years ago, and have done major upgrades twice since then. I just finished my latest build and getting ready to make the jump to Windows 7.

  • I bought this to play Telltale games (mainly to avoid waiting around for the Wii version)

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/176488

    You'll need a graphics card-I bought a radeon 4670 for £50 from the same site and it runs all telltale games on full graphics settings. You'll also need an OS. Its been an excellent, reliable PC which runs most modern games. bargain for £300

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    First: Get the fastest RAM the motherboard can handle. If it handles 800Mhz, so be it, but if it can handle faster modules do it (unless you're short of cash. In that case save for the GPU)
    2 Gb for 32 bit systems is the minimum I can recommend. For 64 bit systems, 4 Gb.
    GPU: Get a real card, those pesky integrated cards are no good (plus they use some of your RAM too!)
    You need to look at a few things: core speed, memory speed (e.g.: 400Mhz), memory width (64 bit, 128 bit, etc.). Number of shader cores.
    If you have multiple options, take the one with the fastest core and greatest memory bandwidth (Important note: a 128 bit memory running at 400 MHz is faster than a 64 bit memory running at 800MHz since it can transfer the same data with less wait time). If you're still tied, go for more shader cores (or pick any and use the saved cash on faster RAM) Any GPU with 512 MB or more is fine (Cooling is Important! Be aware that cheaper models only include thermal dissipators: you need at least a thermal dissipator and a decent fan or another kind of advanced cooling solution. Saving a few bucks here is not recommended)
    CPU: Any recent CPU with two or more cores will do. Check if the motherboard can match the CPU speed and if possible if it can support faster chips (so you can upgrade later)

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