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If have some money to throw around, you'll get a better performance boost in Oblivion by upgrading your GPU.
Really? I ran the test online and it said my current card passed with flying colors. I was assuming it was good to go. Just out of curiosity (not that I'm going to buy another card) what would you recommend other than the 9600 GSO that I have?
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I advise everybody against RAID0 arrays. Waaaay too risky because even a small amount of errors on either drive can and often will mean a complete loss of data on both.

Probably the dumbest thing anybody can do if they care about their data.
Edited by PhillyOverclocker - 12/18/10 at 5:09pm
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I advise everybody against RAID0 arrays. Waaaay too risky because even a small amount of errors on either drive can mean a complete loss of data.

Probably the dumbest thing anybody can do if they care about their data.
Which is why most people have dedicated data drives separate from their RAID arrays.

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Really? I ran the test online and it said my current card passed with flying colors. I was assuming it was good to go. Just out of curiosity (not that I'm going to buy another card) what would you recommend other than the 9600 GSO that I have?
Your card may pass the minimum or recommended stats on paper (probably all the test does) but how your card translates to actual in-game performance is different.

Recommendations totally depend on your budget.
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I advise everybody against RAID0 arrays. Waaaay too risky because even a small amount of errors on either drive can mean a complete loss of data.

Probably the dumbest thing anybody can do if they care about their data.
No, the dumbest thing anyone can do is not have a backup (of important things) off of the C: (or main) drive.

Yes, a RAID0 array increases the chance of failure because there are two disks in question, but a chance of failure (and loss of data) is still there anyway.

If something is that important to you, you won't have it just on your OS drive, period - regardless of RAID arrays.
    
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I have a external back up drive and if I do two 250GB drives and leave the other one then I can have that drive as a back up, too.

I tested my computer on the Can You Run It? test site and all my components passed. Here's a screenshot of my results....



I thought my card would handle Oblivion pretty good. I don't have the money to buy another card so it will just have to do for now.
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Like I suspected, your card passes the requirements on paper. All the online test does is match the minimum specs required to run the game with the specs of your GPU. This says that you card does meet the minimum specs. It doesn't guarantee smooth gameplay.

Oblivion could make my old 8800GTX (one of fastest GPUs on the market around the time Oblivion was out) slow down at times. It's no surprise that your 9600GSO can't max it out smoothly.

RAIDing your drives won't make nearly as much of a difference as you suspect. Like I said, upgrading your GPU would be the best way to make a noticeable performance difference.
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RAIDing your drives won't make nearly as much of a difference as you suspect. Like I said, upgrading your GPU would be the best way to make a noticeable performance difference.
Hmm, then I guess I should hold off on the game until I can decide on a better graphics card. Just for curiosity sake what kind of card would you recommend? I'd like to have an idea what kind of card could handle the game and make it an enjoyable experience.
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Hmm, then I guess I should hold off on the game until I can decide on a better graphics card. Just for curiosity sake what kind of card would you recommend? I'd like to have an idea what kind of card could handle the game and make it an enjoyable experience.
I guess that would depend on your budget.
    
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I just wanted to know what cards you can recommend that would run Oblivion. Since you said mine wouldn't - at least not very well. If you can give me some recommendations then I will know how much they cost and if it's even worth it.
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Took a quite browse through the For Sale section:

eVGA GTX 260 Core 216 55nm - $95 shipped

Would be a great upgrade at that price and does very well in Oblivion.



52FPS average with 4XAA and 16XAF @ 1680x1050 (I assume your 22" LCD runs that resolution). That's with the GPU at stock clocks too.

EDIT:

For comparison I found another Anadtech performance chart with the same settings and resolution with a 9600GSO included. ~26 FPS average.



So the GTX 260 is twice as fast in Oblivion.
Edited by MCBrown.CA - 12/18/10 at 6:02pm
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