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    Question - about vidio cards

    Does Linux games require a high end video card and if so which games.
    I'm not a gamer but my children are and would like to setup a ubuntu game box for them, to play Linux games. I build my own computes and don't have problems with Windows or Ubuntu, I just don't know which video card would give a good game experience in Ubuntu.

    Not interested in bleeding edge,duel boot,wine, vm. All ready have a Windows gaming rig. Ubuntu serves all my computer needs, so I would like to try more.

    Advice Please

    Sharky

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    Re: Question - about vidio cards

    You don't need a super high end video card for most games that Linux has to offer. If you don't feel like wasting a lot of money a mid-range video card should be just fine.

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    Re: Question - about vidio cards

    If your kids already have a windows gaming rig, it's 100% pointless to give them a linux gaming computer, since all those linux games have windows versions they can play, both the commercial and the free ones. (I assume you were talking about all the awesome free games, such as warsow, nexuiz, savage XR, Urban Terror, openarena, etc.)

    In addition, if you really want to install linux, just make a dual-boot on that windows gaming rig. You will have both systems installed on that pc, and you can choose witch one to start every time you turn on your pc.
    The ubuntu cd can do this automatically for you, but since it does involve partitioning your hard drive, it is recommended you make a back-up of any important data on that pc

    If you really want a videocard, my €50; Nvidia GeForce 8 8600 GT 512 MB DDR2
    Works fine with all games, at medium to high settings

    And that warsow game I just mentioned, tell your kids to try it out, because it's great, and looks awesome with it cell-shaded graphics. (ie it looks like a cartoon / anime / whatever you want to call it )
    www.warsow.net (free )

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    Re: Question - about vidio cards

    Maybe World of Padman, cartoonish FPS (multiplay only atm.), but fun nonetheless.
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    Re: Question - about vidio cards

    Thank you all for your advice,and suggestions. I build a new machine every year and wanted to give something more "new and different" than just Windows.

    I appreciate your time given

    Sharky

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    Re: Question - about vidio cards

    a mid range nvidia will be fine

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    Re: Question - about vidio cards

    Quote Originally Posted by clhsharky View Post
    Does Linux games require a high end video card and if so which games.
    I'm not a gamer but my children are and would like to setup a ubuntu game box for them, to play Linux games. I build my own computes and don't have problems with Windows or Ubuntu, I just don't know which video card would give a good game experience in Ubuntu.

    Not interested in bleeding edge,duel boot,wine, vm. All ready have a Windows gaming rig. Ubuntu serves all my computer needs, so I would like to try more.

    Advice Please

    Sharky
    I'm at the point now where my kids are pushing for Ubuntu Linux and minimizing our use of Windows. Their machines are multi boot since Counterstrike Source and TF2 still has some problems with WINE. But just about everything else we have is working great.


    For their computers I have Nvidia cards installed. Both series 7 and 8 cards (which are quite cheap these days). I've been playing with them on our network various games from Nexuiz and Alien Arena to Unreal Tournament 2004 and Quake 4 (both native to Linux). It's been a blast!

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    Re: Question - about vidio cards

    Just a note is I have had less issues with NVIDIA chips than the ATI cipsets.
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    Re: Question - about vidio cards

    Just to give an idea: Teeworlds*, Hedgewars, SuperTuxKart, xjump, LiquidWar are excellent Linux games for children. Urban Terror, Open Arena, World of Padman, Nexuiz, are not. There may be many more games that look like they're for children but in the end is inappropriate (xboing, bomberclone, lbreakout2, earlier versions of wormux)

    I use an ATI Radeon card and don't experience the horrors many have had with the card, in Jaunty. OF course, your mileage may vary.

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    Re: Question - about vidio cards

    Depends on the age of the kids/children and what you allow them to or not.
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