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What was the first game you upgraded your PC to play?

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PC Gamer ran another discussion article on this recently.

As for me, well this is somewhat a surprise. It took several PCs and several generations of video cards to get to where I needed most.


1) My first PC for the family was a Pentium 133 mhz, could barely play C&C Red Alert due to insufficient RAM and only 1 MB integrated Vram. I could not play Dune 2000, C&C Tiberian Sun and Half-Life properly. It wasn't until my dad bought an AMD Athlon PC with a Geforce 2 MX card that finally can play those games properly. The one game I could not load/play was one of EA's worst created games, Andretti Racing. That finally got played with a crucial patch and runs okay on a virtual OS about two decades later.

2) Later I bought a custom built Celeron 1 Ghz PC with a Geforce 4 MX 420, it can barely play UT2004, Half-Life 2 and NBA Live 2000, until 4 years later I bought another custom built Pentium 4 2.8Ghz PC with a Geforce GT 6200. It was able to run those games properly except C&C3. Half-Life 2 and C&C3 were not perfected on max settings until my dad bought a custom-made Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33 ghz with a Geforce GT 9500 and later upgraded with a GeForce GTX 550 Ti. That latest card also let me play most games at that era almost perfectly at max settings, except GTA IV.

3) My last PC is currently a Lenovo running a Pentium Dual-Core 2.4 ghz and upgraded it with a Geforce GT 220. The one game I kept using during that time was C&C3/KW. After several years, that video card was not responding well leading to driver issues. When I upgraded that same old PC with 4 GB RAM and a Geforce GT 1030 with 2 GB of VRAM, it finally was able to run GTA IV, Starcraft II and Battlefield 3 perfectly and can barely play GTA V, UT4, Cities Skylines and The Crew on a pinch. I am still a long way from a new dream PC to play the next generation of DirectX 12, 64-bit and 4K gaming.

Edited by PurpleGaga27

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