What part of my computer do I need to upgrade for DX:HR?
March 3, 2012 6:51 AM Subscribe
I have Deus Ex: Human Revolution installed via Steam. It runs perfectly... at 800x600. Any higher and it gets choppy. I can run higher resolutions with the lighting effects turned off. Does that mean I can make it better with a new graphics card, with more shading units or whatever you call it? Or is my old-ass Athlon X2 CPU more to blame?
posted by LogicalDash to computers & internet (8 answers total)
My system infos:
CPU: Athlon 64 X2, family 15 model 75, which I think translates to model 3800+ in AMD language
Graphics: Radeon HD 4650 with 256MB VRAM
RAM: 6GB DDR2
I can get decent performance at higher resolutions by turning off SSAO and shadows. This is unpleasant to look at, because the game proceeds to paint shadowed areas with whatever shadowish texture will fit, causing the edge of Adam's coat to radiate dark auras. I'd be OK with that if the game could decide which direction the aura were radiating in, and it weren't the sort of half-assed dark aura that never even covers his chest.
If I need to upgrade the CPU to get any benefit, I don't think there's much I can do, because this CPU socket seems to've been made for the Athlon and nothing else. The recommended system requirements suggest a quad-core CPU, which I'd have to build a new computer for, and I kind of wonder how the game would make use of asynchronous threading. The AI isn't that complicated.
If I can fix this problem with a newer card, tell me what I want! I'd prefer to avoid spending more than $100 on this. My monitor goes up to 1900x1080 if that makes any difference.