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Old 03-27-2006, 04:54 PM   #1
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I just got back from Spring Break, and with that, Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion.

Basically, I just wanted to say that it is really quite amazing. However, my computer will not run it at maximum. My FPS will drop into the teens!

So, I've been running it at modified settings, and I've had to turn the grass completely off, shadows down, but I have to keep it at 1280 by 1024 because of the native resolution of my monitor. Well, I have some money laying around right now... I don't have an SLI motherboard nor do I plan to get one... Is there something that I can buy (not a new video card) that may bump up the performance a bit? I was thinking maybe a Raptor?
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:08 PM   #2
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Another GIG RAM would be great, or another 2 GIG.

But a Raptop would do the trick yeah...10.000 RPM - watch those loading times fly away
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:11 PM   #3
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I have 2 gigabytes of RAM... I don't think the game's going to use that much memory. Would a Raptor improve in-game performance though? I'm using a modified game file to run without the DVD (yes, it is legal, I own the game, that just prevents me from having to put the disc in all the time)... Would that be worth it? I would probably get just one 36.7 gigabyte one for now, maybe run RAID later on with 2.
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Yeah it would, if it can load all the images faster, and the landscapes all that, it will be better.
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:27 PM   #5
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Hm, that's good to know. Do you think that'll be a worthwhile investment from my current hard drive? Oh, and how should I arrange data on this one... Should I have some games on it and Windows XP as well? And if so, will I have to reinstall Windows or anything, or can I just directly port it to the new drive?
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:29 PM   #6
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how bout SLI
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:31 PM   #7
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Well, I suppose I could consider that, it is just quite expensive to do. I have the money for it, if I were to get a cheaper motherboard. But, of course, I would want a x16 by x16 motherboard instead of just x8 by x8. And that's already in the 200's. Plus another 7800GT is 300, which makes the total 500. And that's not a price that I want to pay. If a Raptor would make any kind of improvement, then I would get that, providing that I can easily do the things I described above.
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500-how much you could get out of your current motherboard.

So then it is down in the low 400's
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That's true, but my motherboard is retailing at around 80 bucks. So it wouldn't be much.

But what about the Raptor?! I think that would be my best option. I need some answers, though...
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hooly crap. the teens? with a 7800 and an opteron? 2 gigs of ram? thats incredibly crazy. i did the math, if i start my job in june and end in september, all in all i'll have $3800 for a computer...if i get the job.

i'll have enough for a athlon 64 fx-60, 2 gigs of ram, and i'll sli 2 7900gts... yeah, and i'll still have enough money left over ... hopefully that'll run oblivion well
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That'll do fine, I'm sure. However, why not Crossfire? That's the better option as of now. However, since you're saying you're going to be ending in September, there's no telling what they'll have come up with by then.

...Raptor?
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why not an X1900XTX than 7900GT's its cheaper and i think it outperforms both plsu you have room for another one on crossfire
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Old 03-27-2006, 06:42 PM   #13
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Yep, that's what I said...
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489 at new egg and both GT's cost 600 so its better
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dont worry about your specs they should run it fine, the game is just really buggy so everyone is getting bad frame rates. once they release a patch i think it will fix it.
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yeah im thinking about getting a new harddrive and a better graphics card this summer... right now i have a 7.2k 160g WD and a leadtek 6600 256mb GPU... so that would hopefully help a ton if i updated. and thankfully when i built my PC i went ahead and got SLi.
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Yeah, well, I know it is buggy, I mean we have to be sensible here: the company is Bethesda.

I'm eagerly awaiting a patch, but I don't think that it will solve all of my problems. The draw distance in this game is MASSIVE, and a lot of objects are on the screen at once. That's why I'm thinking a Raptor would help... Thoughts?
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Okay, seriously guys, I'm thinking about running RAID 0 (that's the one where it accesses both drives for faster speeds, right?) with two 36.7 gigabyte Raptors. However, with the current rebate, the 74 gigabyte one is only 20 bucks more, so if that rebate holds, I'll just go with that since it is 40 bucks more for twice the space! And, I'll use my current hard drive (in signature) for storage, which will be plenty! Now, the question arises... What's the best way to set up my programs on the Raptors? When running that type of RAID, do I only get 36.7 gigabytes of space total, or will I get about 74 gigabytes since there will be two? I'm not too familiar with RAID, so any help would be appreciated. Should I have XP on the Raptors as well as my games? I obviously won't be able to put all my games on the Raptors if I'm only allocated 36.7 gigabytes of space (you know, the more I think about it, the more I think I should just go ahead and splurge and get the two 74 gigabyte drives... ) Or, should I just have the games on it and not leave Windows XP there... That way, I wouldn't have to reformat, I don't think. But that is definitely an option! I do not want to outlaw that, but, I'd just rather not have to do it. My XP is running fine, by the way, no viruses and it is in good health.

Thanks for that booger of a post, but any help is really appreciated. If I should make a new thread with this information, I'll do that too if you think it is a good idea .
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http://8xgaming.com/page.php?5
When we first heard about this game we were intrigued by the amount of freedom promised. We were looking forward to the 200+ rumored hours of game play and the immense environments. When the game landed on our desk we were obviously anxious to start playing.
We started by taking time to design our character. We were amazed by the amount of option you could create and laughed at some of the creatures we managed to create.
You start as a prisoner. Your cell has a secret passage way that the king needs to get to. They allow you to tag along to help save the king. You start by heading through the dungeons. This level acts like the tutorial teaching you how to search bodies, fight, pick locks, sneak, and steal stuff. This level is much longer than it needed to be and didnt do anything to make us like the game more.
When we left the dungeons we were greeted with the beautiful world the developers created for us to explore. On you way to the first town you kill a couple creatures then head to the city, where you hit the first major flaw of this game.
A loading screen awaits, but dont worry you dont hit one. Every time you enter or exit a city, building, or room you get to wait at the awesome music-less loading screens. In the video we made you can see just how annoying these are. They do take away from the overall experience of the game play.
If you think the graphics will save this game, youre right; and wrong. The graphics in the cities and some environments are great. They are beautifully rendered. The textures are amazing, when the load. You will hit load screens while walking around and will notice textures in the distance dont load.
The story line is where this game shines, if you follow it. There is too much to do that we didnt follow it at all and did our own stuff. We had fun stealing and joining guilds but it gets old after a while and wonder where the other players are in the RPG.
The last thing we hated about this is no online play. Nothing. Not even scoreboards. Just imagine your favorite MMO, then take away the MMO-ness of it. You have Oblivion.
After we truly look at this game we give it an official score of

7 out of 10

In other words, its a solid rent.

http://8xgaming.com/download.php?view.7
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Thanks, but no thanks. I disagree with that review. And, they lied! There is music during the loading screens, most of the time, anyway .

Anyways, quite a few other sites, including IGN, which is the best reviewing site right now in my honest opinion, gave it great scores (9.3 from IGN, which is really quite good). But anyways, about these Raptors! I'm thinking I should make a new thread...
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