alchemyx 25. okt 2013 kl. 12:30am
Hardware requirements
Hello,

I was using Steam on WINE and playing Counter Strike, Counter Strike:Source, Portal and Portal 2 just fine on my hardware. Team Fortress 2 was unfortunately too choppy. Now when i try everything with native Steam on Linux I get famous glColorMaskIndexedEXT trouble.

So I thought I will upgrade my graphic card. But to what? I can't find anywhere specifications that would clearly state that X and Y cards support glColorMaskIndexedEXT. Also what hardware should be used for TF2? What I find on Internet is far from true (GF 6800).

I have a currently Intel Dual-Core E6700 @ 3.20GHz, 4 GB of RAM, GeForce 7300 GT.
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LOLCAT 25. okt 2013 kl. 1:35am 
To be honest your config doesn't look like it's worth upgrading. You'd be better off selling it completely and getting a new PC. Not for TF2, just for gaming. If you need TF2 only, make a small partition and install Windows XP. There you'll have the ability to play for "free". If you have no XP license, install win7 enterprise trial.
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Oerthling 25. okt 2013 kl. 1:44am 
Erm - the 7300 is an entry level card from 2006. Nvidia doesn't even support the drivers for that anymore. Almost anything from recent couple of years should give you a drastic improvement.

Just make sure it's an NVidia card - AFAIK they still have by far the better porprietary drivers (for Linux).
(though the open source drivers for AMD have improved a lot recently)

Some helpful links to compare cards:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Nvidia_graphics_processing_units#GeForce_7_.287xxx.29_Series

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_ati_graphics_processing_units
These wikipedia pages give you a quick overview of the graphics capabilities. As a quick shortcut compare "Processing Power GFLOPS".

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Comparison-of-Laptop-Graphics-Cards.130.0.html
Don't worry about this being a laptop graphics card comparison. The desktop versions will be better than the laptop versions - but the relative performance betwenn cards will, sticl give you a quick overview.

Your CPU and RAM should be fine.
aliceif 25. okt 2013 kl. 1:52am 
Just get a nvidia 9800GT , 8800GT or GTS250. Those are really reliable cards that can still run almost every game out there, have become really inexpensive over time and are still mainstream supported by nvidia.
intok 25. okt 2013 kl. 3:42am 
Oprindeligt skrevet af aliceif:
Just get a nvidia 9800GT , 8800GT or GTS250. Those are really reliable cards that can still run almost every game out there, have become really inexpensive over time and are still mainstream supported by nvidia.
They also draw a crapload more power then their performance equal from current generations. If he's using a 7300GT he almost certainly doesn't have a PSU capable of powering any of those cards as every last one of them draws far more then the 75w provided by the PCIe slot.
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aliceif 25. okt 2013 kl. 3:51am 
oh right ...
I completely forgot about that.
Junior s2 Camila 25. okt 2013 kl. 3:53am 
Honestly? Upgrade everything, you might wait to do a full-upgrade, it's worth it.

If you need help with the PSU I have the PSU-Calculator-Pro, just tell me the hardware and I'll check how much power it draws.
R3450N 25. okt 2013 kl. 4:30am 
In other words, get a new machine and maybe have it pre-installed with a Linux distro. :-) If not, then you know what to do.
thedarknite 25. okt 2013 kl. 2:54pm 
Your system appears to be about the same age as mine. If your graphics card is PCI-E then getting any current NVIDIA card will boost your performance significantly. I replaced my 8500 GT with a $40 GT610 this year and it was a massive improvement.
The main thing to worry about is whether your PSU is large enough. (The GT610 only needs a 300W PSU http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt-610/specifications)
alchemyx 28. okt 2013 kl. 5:58am 
Hello!

Thank you for replies, finnaly there is some light shed on a topic ;). I can't replace
whole system, because I use it for gaming less than 1% of total time. So it doesn't
make much sense to replace everything.

I have a 500W PSU (altough it has aged so probably it cant provide full 500). GT 610
seems like a very reasonable choice, it is about $50 in Poland so I think I will try it.

Another question is if I have dual monitor setup (both 1280x1024) and I wan't to play -
will it hurt performance if I am gaming on one and on second one is only a desktop
with a wallpaper?

Thank you once again!
intok 28. okt 2013 kl. 8:49am 
Oprindeligt skrevet af alchemyx:
Hello!

Thank you for replies, finnaly there is some light shed on a topic ;). I can't replace
whole system, because I use it for gaming less than 1% of total time. So it doesn't
make much sense to replace everything.

I have a 500W PSU (altough it has aged so probably it cant provide full 500). GT 610
seems like a very reasonable choice, it is about $50 in Poland so I think I will try it.

Another question is if I have dual monitor setup (both 1280x1024) and I wan't to play -
will it hurt performance if I am gaming on one and on second one is only a desktop
with a wallpaper?

Thank you once again!


How old? I'm still running an 8800GTS on a 550w PSU from 2007.
dak0 29. okt 2013 kl. 6:26am 
Don't buy the 610 it's really LOW END GPU, you don't want to spend your money and gain so little performance, minimum you should get is GT 640
intok 29. okt 2013 kl. 7:30am 
Also, just to point out, that all of those games that you listed are native and will run better native over running them in Wine.
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