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Poll Results: How well do you think my PC will run Battlefield 2 (for the gamers out there)

 
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    Relatively well
  • 60% (3)
    Poorly (slightly laggy)
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    Absolutely horribly (very laggy, jerky)
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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
Hi, I'm new to Overclock.net (this is my first post). I decided to sign up because I have recently bought a new Nvidia graphics card to replace my old geForce MX 4000. My newer card is the geForce FX 5700LE. Its not a huge improvement, I know, but I mainly bought it because it was cheap and so I could run Battlefield 2 on my computer. Anyway, I was just wandering if anybody could give me some tips on how to replace the graphics cards. I've looked at online tuts. but they dont answer one of my questions: When is the best time to install the new card's drivers? Should I install the drivers from the CD Before I turn off my pc, replace the cards and then turn on my pc again, or should I turn off the PC, swap over the cards and then install the new card's drivers after I have turned on my PC. Same question goes for uninstalling the old card's drivers.

Secondly, I want to overclock this card, as I have heard that it overclocks quite well, and I want to increase its power. The only question I have about this is cooling. I have my eyes set on an arctic cooling device, but I am not sure if they make the right size. I have seen some that fit a geforce FX 5700 card, do you think that it will fit on mine?

I am not a complete computer newbie, however. I have replaced my comp's processor, and have installed a new 250GB hard drive, so I know vaguely what im doing!

Anyway thanks to everyone who responds.


P.S. (how well do you guys think that my pc will run Battlefield 2, looking at its specs?)
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post #2 of 8
Firstly download a proggie called driver cleaner pro .Then uninstall all teh original drivers ..Run driver cleaner to cahse out the left overs...Shut down the computer and replace graphics card...Then boot up computer and install teh latest nvidia drivers from the website ..but make sure they support your card...install them and reboot .Then download coolbits 2 and install that wil be your ocing software..... www.guru3d.com for coolbits
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post #3 of 8
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Ah ok thanks, but I have another question. If I uninstall the old drivers and graphics card, won't the system be confused because it no longer has any drivers to enable it to work with any card? What I'm asking is, does the computer still generate a display through the new card (when I boot it up after replacing the card) even though its drivers arent yet installed? (I dont think I explained that very well)
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post #4 of 8
the pc will enable the new gpu to work in as normal but you will need to install the new drivers to get it to normal res and clocking ability. Dont worry it will be fine and you will be able to see the desktop
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post #5 of 8
And as for your other question, no, you will not be able to run BF2 very well at all. A 5700 is the bare minimum to run it, and 512mb of RAM is starving it, it needs AT LEAST 1 GB of RAM to run smoothly on low-medium, and 2 GB to run smoothly on high settings.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I suspected as much. I am planning to upgrade my RAM to 1.5GB soon, I have my sights set on a DDR SDRAM module.
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post #7 of 8
You can get a 1GB stick of decent quality/speed G.Skill RAM for probably less than $80 USD. I'm not familiar with many UK PC parts places, though, otherwise I'd get a link.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yeah I've found a 1GB DRR SDRAM module for £65 (about $70-$80) which is nice
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