Originally Posted by whatsoncemore
Awesome. I'll have to try it out.
Yeah, I've found that almost all games (or at least the demos) will run with at least medium settings.
Doom3, Quake4, and FEAR can run 800x600 with medium settings and be playable. FEAR I think looks much better though when you set the videos on maximum, as that really isn't a very taxing effect. Also, using DX8 shaders will help improvment by a lot, but the game looks really bad without DX9, and I can only imagin what it looks like with pixel/vertex shader 3.0.
Call of Duty 2 runs fine at 1280x800 with trillinear, no AF, and DX7. Zfeather smoke doesn't seem to bog it down that much either. Half-Life 2 is the same way, recomending high for all settings, and then switching to the same widescreen resolution. I will admit that a nice graphics card with AA and alpha-texture filtering enabled would really help out the fences, but you can get by if you don't pay attention to them.
I haven't tested Battlefeild 2 performance to throughly (as it is not really my cup of tea) but the game runs nice at medium settings with 800x600, and you could improve either settings or resolution.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted plays ok too up to 1280x800 on high detail, but not with much AA or AF. You may be able to get by on a lower resolution though.
That's all the demos that I had downloaded, and we just got our DSL cut because it was costing us to much, since now that I have my permit and need 100 hours behind the wheel, gas has taken a higher priority over internet (now we use the 6 months of Earthlink! Boo AOL!)