Tirian wrote:The FAQ for SWTOR is saying that they suggest an nVidia 7800 or better. PassMark seems to be telling me that a GeForce 8400GS does not count as better, despite my keen mathematical skills telling me that it's a bigger number.
The reason for that is that the first number in product names- especially with graphics cards- tends (there's some cheating and variations on this, but you don't really need to be confused with all of that) to denote the architecture generation of the technology used. So a 7800 is from the 7xxx generation of cards, while an 8400 is from the 8xxx generation of cards- the x800 cards are typically a "high performance" sub-category, while the x400 cards are typically a "budget" sub-category. So (one of) the fastest card(s) from a prior tech is faster than one of the slowest cards in a newer tech. That's all their really is to the 8400GS not being sufficient.
the specifications of your current rig? If so, the quick summary would be:
CPU: Athlon II 235e x2
RAM: 6 GB DDR2
GPU: Integrated Nvidia 6150
It doesn't list the power supply, but unless it's trash it should
be able to handle a low end GPU. I tend to be adverse to any computer upgrades that touch anything as fundamental as the motherboard or power supply- for me, I usually figure it's best to just start from scratch at that point. Not everyone agrees with me on that way of thinking though- if you know the wattage & manufacturer of the power supply, that would be useful.
Doing some searching around (haven't bought a graphics card in a while, so I'm a bit out of date), and most of the really low-end stuff wouldn't fit the bill of being as a good as an Nvidia ~7800 or better. Something like this Radeon 5670
is probably your best bet, at ~$70 + $5 shipping. This Radeon 6670
would be even better, for $70 with free shipping, but while searching there was some mention of issues with it dealing with PCIe 1.x lanes, and you haven't mentioned if you have PCIe 1.x or 2.x. Theoretically, all PCI express devices should be backwards compatible, but I wouldn't discount the probability that the issues are real either. Are you aware of which version of PCI express you have?