Platform questions

#1 Posted by raidingkvatch (1152 posts) -

So firstly I'm definitely going to get Dragon Age: Origins on one platform or another, my standard platform of choice is the 360, but I do also have a ps3. Obviously I want to get the best experience possible from Dragon Age which would mean getting it for the PC, but I doubt my Pc can handle it, here are my specs taken from X-Fire
 

Manufacturer: MSI
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 1984MB RAM
Hard Drive: 370 GB Total
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405
Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor
Sound Card: Realtek HD Audio output
Speakers/Headphones: Logitech 5.1
Keyboard: USB Root Hub
Mouse: USB Root Hub
Mouse Surface:
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
Motherboard:
Computer Case:
So should I hold off and upgrade my PC so it's at least an adequte gaming rig (and how much would that cost, considering, I'm really not v tech-y and probabl;y wouldn't be upgrading it myself)? 
 
Or should I just get a console version, and if I do which console? I've heard it looks better and has less load times on PS3 but that would mean a lack of acheivements. Please give me some advice, thanks.
 
#2 Posted by torus (1096 posts) -

- Your PC cannot handle it as it is. 
- Upgrading is so stupidly easy, that you would be a sucker to pay someone else to do it. 
- The PC version is vastly superior. 
- You probably shouldn't upgrade your PC for 1 game (first, decide if there are other PC games you would want to play).

#3 Posted by viklanderviking (198 posts) -

Well, if you decide to go with a console version you probably wanna know the difference between the two. From what I´ve heard the ps3 version looks quite alot better, but has more frequent framerate issues and bugs. So if your like me, and cant stand an uneven framerate, you should probably go for the 360 version. (And of course, the 360 version has achivements.)
#4 Posted by Khann (2831 posts) -

That's a fancy table.

#5 Posted by Galbrezu (126 posts) -
@raidingkvatch: 
Only thing on your rig that isn't powerful enough for the game is your video card, which on the whole is an easy upgrade.
 
1) Buy card.
2) Remove old card.
3) Plug in new card. 
4) Enjoy
 
You might have to uninstall old drivers and replace them with new ones if you decide to switch from your nVidia based card to an ATI card.
#6 Posted by Driadon (2997 posts) -

Really, the only thing that is keeping your computer back from being able to do some decent gaming on it is a new graphics card which right now are dirt cheap considering the performance. but if you don't want to spend $60-$80 on a new graphics card I've heard that the console versions of Dragon Age are still quite competent.

#7 Posted by VWGTI (1919 posts) -

Yea, that graphics card is not up to par for the game. Replace that and you're golden.

#8 Edited by raddevon (437 posts) -

You're fine save the video card. Put about $100 into a new one, and you should be set unless you absolutely have to max every setting while running 60FPS.
 
UPDATE: Just finished reading your post. (I should probably do that before posting a reply, eh?) Even if you're not tech-y, you can upgrade the video card. It's very easy to do, and a shop would charge you an arm and a leg to do it. Feel free to PM me, and I will help you any way I can.

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