Without a doubt this can’t happen soon enough for me. Now that I am stuck into the “Endgame” of ORvR (With Eldric) and the dreaded keep take chess, the grunt of my home PC is effecting my game play in a rather serious way. A game where my frame rates are in the 1 – 9 fps at the most important points of the game, doesn’t make for a fun experience. Going up that main stairway in the keep to the lords level, is forcing me to learn the skill of spatial anticipation e.g. where the F**k am I going to be when I get my next frame refresh.
At the moment, I am merely going up the keep stairs to provide a hit point absorb (Meatshield) for my fellow players, maybe even firing off an ability or two, before floating away to the restore point in the sky.
I would readily acknowledge that my AMD X2 4400/Nvidia GTX 8800/2 GB is getting pretty long in the tooth and isn’t helped by having a 1920/1280 monitor attached. I have though, moderated my game settings to factor in this antiquated setup. I have even contemplated setting up a custom RVR graphics settings for RVR, where absolutely everything is turned down to the level of block graphics and wire-frame models …. (An exaggeration, but I am sure you get the point).
All things considered and proceeding forward with my grand design in mind, I have decided to perform my upgrade in 3 unique stages, to maximise that feeling of receiving a performance boost.
Stage 1 – Go to an Intel I7 920 D0 chip with 6GB of memory. Staying with the Nvidia 8800 GTX which I already own, but getting a boost in pure CPU and improved chipset performance. Hopefully getting a little bit more FPS from the 8800 GTX, having paired it up with a more powerful processor. This will run off my current 300GB VelociRaptor drive, which is still pretty nippy for a mechanical drive.
Stage 2 – SSD drive, of about 128GB, something priced in the £150 – £200 range. Since this area is moving incredibly rapidly at the moment, I have no idea what I will be getting at this time. You just can’t predict what’s going to be where in 3 months time.
Stage 3 – New graphics card. At the moment, I’m aiming to move into the next generation of graphic cards, which will hopefully soon appear and supercede the current 275/285/295 Nividia cards + multitude of the ATI cards. On this one I can wait it out, as long as my Stage 1 phase of new cpu/memory gives me enough of an uplift to carry me through.
Stage 4 – Sundries, such as a new soundcard.
Now Stage 2 and Stage 3 are interchangeable. At the moment I am not sure when the next generation of graphic cards are due to arrive, though September does tend to stick in my head for some reason.
If you are visiting here, then you will have probably already seen the 1.3.1 patch notes, which leaked onto the internet last week (Referred you to Shadow Wars Blog, if you somehow missed them). Embedded within that text (Subject to change of course), we also have references to some animation system improvements, which I don’t think will be of a significant enough level to put off the upgrade. I still will need to inject a fresh batch of hardware to get Warhammer where I need it to be, from a playable point of view. Keep takes aren’t playable.
Also we have Windows 7 waiting in the wings, which is the final reason I am holding out alittle while longer. I really can’t be arsed to install XP now and then Windows 7 in October. I could sign up the Technet and grab it that way, but I would prefer my technet subscription to run from October 2009 to October 2010.
So it looks like I am stuck until October, though I will be devoting a considerable amount of effort in coming up with a plan, which will convince myself that I can realistically bring it forward and still achieve all the goals I have set myself.
Oh yes, Keep takes ….. is this it, is this the future of Warhammer in Tier 4? I have only been in Tier 4 ORvR full time for 6 days now with Eldric, and I am already feeling a certain level of despondency. These are the feelings of a person who used to love his RvR in DAOC (With a guild group), though joining in keep takes was way down the fun list …. mmmm …. a certain longing for the open hills of Albion and Hibernia, but those are places of the past, not the future. Maybe I am just having post 40 levelling blues.
On a lighter note, off to the LotD with the guild tonight, so I am intrigued to see who turns up.