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Battlefield Bad Company 2 Works on Intel Pentium 4

The destructable environment sounds awesome for someone who loves realism and who is a prior Battlefield 2 fan, such as myself. But I have refrained from even looking at this game due to my outdated gaming computer (Pentium 4 CPU and Sapphire Radeon HD3870 512MB DDR4 graphics card). With dual-core processors flooding the market, practically every game released last year requires it. Even the Battlefield Bad Company 2 specification shows that the minimum process needs to be a 2 GHz dual-core processor, while it recommends a quad-core processor. As much as I wanted to play this game, I chose forego gambling my hard-earned cash on it.

However, Steam had a sale last week, selling Battlefield Bad Company 2 for $7. I couldn't pass up such a deal. I figured I'd try it on my Pentium 4. Worst case was that I'd have to shelf the game until I upgrade my computer. So I bought it and downloaded it on FiOS. Download was much slower than usual. I bet everyone was cashing in on this deal that night.

After downloading the game, I ran it. I had a Dell 1504FP LCD monitor installed at the time. This monitor only supported up to 1024x768 resolution. The in-game graphics setting was set to medium. I don't know if the game defaulted to medium or it actually detected my computer's capability. I lowered it to the lowest setting just in case.

Next, I tried it in single player mode and, surprisingly, it worked. I was playing the game and it wasn't stuttering or anything. It was a little slow, but playable. I increased the mouse sensitivity and the playability got a lot better. I got past several missions before ending my gaming session. I was very pleased at how this outdated computer performed with Battlefield Bad Company 2.

A day later, I tried this game in multiplayer mode with a friend. Again, the game was playable. However, my kill/death ratio was horrible. I think it may have something to do with my computer's performance, but it could also be because I suck.

Later in the day, I installed a RCA LED24A45RQ 24" LED LCD monitor which supports 1920x1080. At 1080P, the game felt no different than the lower resolution. I was rather surprised. Perhaps the screen resolution depended more on the graphics card than the main CPU.

I had played this game like mad in the last few days. I had completed the entire single-player campaign. The experience at 1080P was quite awesome. And I started really getting into the multi-player mode. In the end, I found the computer is a too slow to go up against real players effectively; if I failed to get them in one shot, I won't get a seconnd chance. And my shots only works against stationary tangos. If they are moving, there is no chance.

But I am glad I got a chance to enjoy this awesome game. It is pushing me to seriously think about upgrading my gaming computer. Perhaps it is time for an Intel i7 processor.

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:19:48 +0000

I found that this set-up will only work well on 16 player games or less. On 32 player servers, the computer is too slow and has too much lag. I found out that the ping also makes a difference. Server with ping less than 20 works best. Anymore and you'll see unbearable lag.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 02 Jan 2011 19:33:01 +0000

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