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    I have finally gotten a new computer of sorts here at work, my previous one had winrot up the whazoo......It actually had IBM on the front, that should give you an inclination of how old it was.

    So yesterday, after purchasing 2 gigs of ram (which i i was reimbursed fortunately) and transferring my previous Vid card from my home computer that was in my previous Office Computer to this one (its a 9800 Series Radeon), and installing the RAM with some help, I am good to go.

    Now, the thing which I am tempted to do/try is buy the DVD-ROM edition (this computer actually has a built in DVD Player), and then DL PR.

    I have the minimum required specs,
    Computer: 2.10GHZ
    RAM: 2.0GB
    Video Card: Radeon (9800 Series)
    HD Space: 37 gigs or so Total, over 15 gigs available.

    The only questions are.....A) The firewall, B) Will it blend, err I mean work C) Is it really worth it.

    If by some crazy chance I actually do this, I will not be able to use VOIP at all......I do have dual screens, so maybe some TG'ers with dual screen can give me some opinions on playing PR with 2 screens.
    Last edited by Delta*RandyShugart*; 06-12-2009, 10:58 AM.

  • Sabre_Tooth_Tigger
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    I didnt bother with intel before they did dual core but I have played bf2 on a 1Ghz athlon

    I accidentally set it to 1ghz instead of 2.5ghz and didnt notice for the entire game until about 8 vehicles were on screen.
    It is about polygons that trouble the cpu apparently, I guess pr has more of them but you might be able squeeze past still


    The problem with celerons is the lack of cache if I remember right. Its like a brainy kid with amnesia, its not much use if you have to wait for it to go to the library to process anything complicated


    Right now Im using a nvidia 6800. I think their on the 10000 series now so its like 4 generations old. Its the great grand pappy of graphics cards but it can play pr still most of the time.
    I had to turn everything down and it still goes to 4 fps in smoke sometimes but mostly it stays above 30 and pr is surprisingly still playable though I look forward to high res again

    I think your antique might be usable except 9800 is definitely old. Nvidia has reused that model number now its so old, they didnt think anyone had one still :p
    (It was a good card though)

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  • Belhade
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    Yeah, the Celeron 2 isn't gonna play PR. It isn't gonna play vBF2. It may run Quake, but you will probably just want to stick to Minesweeper.

    I also had a P4 2.8 and had to run BF2/PR in all minimal settings, it was slow as hell, and this was back in 0.6.

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  • Fighter
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    Don't say I didn't warn you. Watch until the end. ;)
    http://www.xtranormal.com/watch?e=20090613214420943

    Upgraded to a Celeron 2? ^^What Shawn said.

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  • MrShawn305
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    Wait a sec. Are you saying that you were just recently UPGRADED to a celeron 2???? What were you using before, stone tablets?? Tell your boss to spend some money in the company! Upgrading workstations will definetly increase production. Hell Im one of the IT guys where I work and I am running a Dell precision T3400 with an E8500 in it! And my company is around 200 ppl.

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  • Sandiford
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    just looked that up, and it celeron 2 seems to be a cheap version of a Pentium 3. my P4 2.8 GHz struggles with PR (can't really play static heavy maps like Muttrah, Fallujah, Ramiel) so I think a Celeron 2 2.1 GHz would only manage the most basic levels

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  • Delta*RandyShugart*
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    Originally posted by Sandiford View Post
    what processor does it have?
    celeron 2 cpu i think,

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  • Sandiford
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    what processor does it have?

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  • Berlancic
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    Listen to your heart... or something.

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  • Belhade
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    Randy, if you want to play without VOIP, go right ahead, I do it a lot when it's 2am and the wife and baby are asleepin in the next room. Just make sure you have easy access to your "Yes" and "No" keys.

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  • Fighter
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    You would probably get more answers in the Tech forums, Randy. Althought that means taking your vocabulary up a step. I got lost in here.

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  • Alpha_s9
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    Originally posted by Delta*RandyShugart* View Post
    technically the IT dept, is my boss, the space which I am within in a commercial real estate firm that doesn't require a huge IT department, and I'm in a start up VOIP company within that, maybe in a few weeks i might be able to upgrade yet again depending on how well our meeting with some heads at Verizon go.

    But yea low settings seem about right, maybe once the summer hits ill try it out, though I don't want to ask my boss to reimburse me for HD space, he does play C&C on his macbook, so maybe the ports are open.....hmmmm....if only i could somehow tell him why i desperately need a falcon-nw (falcon northwest) computer.......
    As a former Verizon Business employee I'd say that if you're on a VOIP network it's probably separate from the "admin" network that office PC users are on. The VOIP would be severely restrictive, but the admin network (especially if it's small) is probably wide open to avoid causing problems for the client (your company). Unless of course you have done a risk assessment and brought in a specialist to configure your admin network for security.

    This is all assuming that VB is handling your network configs. They generally keep "Production" networks separate from anything else for a variety of reasons... one of the biggest being the need for specific firewall configuration changes. Production networks tend to not need as many open ports as the general administrative networks.

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  • Delta*RandyShugart*
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    Re: Part of me is seriously tempted to try/do this

    technically the IT dept, is my boss, the space which I am within in a commercial real estate firm that doesn't require a huge IT department, and I'm in a start up VOIP company within that, maybe in a few weeks i might be able to upgrade yet again depending on how well our meeting with some heads at Verizon go.

    But yea low settings seem about right, maybe once the summer hits ill try it out, though I don't want to ask my boss to reimburse me for HD space, he does play C&C on his macbook, so maybe the ports are open.....hmmmm....if only i could somehow tell him why i desperately need a falcon-nw (falcon northwest) computer.......

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  • thegreatnardini
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    Originally posted by llPANCHOll View Post
    You are going to put PR on your work computer????
    It's Randy, does this surprise you? :icon_lol:

    With those specs I'd think your hard drive would be the bottleneck. You'll be filling it up and judging by the size of the drive I'm guessing it's slower than a "normal-speed" 72k drive. You may have to play on lower settings, but it's certainly doable.

    Your IT department must be incredibly lazy (or lenient), letting you play games on your work PC! And don't get yourself fired either...

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  • Alpha_s9
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    I just ran this and compared to your results... mine ran packet test to the local machine IP, 127.0.0.1. This may indicate that it's testing for local machine firewalls only, and not actually hitting the network.

    Sooo... it may not be as good of an indication as I had originally thought. Anybody else have experience with firewalls and PBSVC that can confirm it does test the network firewall configuration, and not just the local machine?

    I could point you to some tools that would test specific ports, but that's dangerous on a business network because then your network guys might take action against you if they detect it. It all depends on how seriously your company takes network security I guess.

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