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Sorry if you have seen these topics thousands of times before, but I would like to know if my PC can handle SL and what setttings I could use. Thanks in advance :)

 

Specs:

Processor: Core 2 Quad Q9400 (Quad Core) 2.66 GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 TI 1gb ASUS
Ram: 8gb DDR3
HDD: 2TB
PSU: Thermaltake 500w
Monitor: IG Flatron L1942H-BF (1280x1024)

 

 

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Windows Minimum Requirements Recommended
Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL Cable or DSL
Operating System***: Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
Computer Processor: CPU with SSE2 support, including Intel Pentium 4, Pentium M, Core or Atom, AMD Athlon 64 or later. 2-GHz (Vista) 32-bit (x86) or better
Computer Memory: 1 GB or more 3 GB or more
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 pixels 1024x768 pixels or higher
Graphics Card for Vista

Windows 7 or Windows 8

(requires latest drivers)**:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better
  • OR ATI Radeon 9500 or better
  • OR Intel 945 chipset
NVIDIA Graphics cards
9000 Series:
  • 9600, 9800
200 Series:
  • 275 GTX, 295 GTX
ATI Graphics Cards
4000 Series:
  • 4850, 4870, 4890
5000 Series:
  • 5850, 5870, 5970
 
 
Mac OS X Minimum Requirements Recommended
Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL Cable or DSL
Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7 or better the latest release of 10.9
Computer Processor: 1.5 GHz Intel based Mac 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or above
Computer Memory: 1 GB or more 3 GB or more
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 pixels 1024x768 pixels or higher
Graphics Card**:
  • ATI Radeon 9200 and above
  • OR NVIDIA GeForce 2, GeForce 4
  • ATI: 4850, 4870
  • OR NVIDIA: 9800
 
 
Linux Minimum Requirements Recommended
Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL Cable or DSL
Operating System: A reasonably modern 32-bit Linux environment is required. If you are running a 64-bit Linux distribution then you will need its 32-bit compatibility environment installed. A reasonably modern 32-bit Linux environment is required. If you are running a 64-bit Linux distribution then you will need its 32-bit compatibility environment installed.
Computer Processor: 800 MHz Pentium III or Athlon, or better 1.5 GHz or better
Computer Memory: 512MB or more 1 GB or more
Screen Resolution: 1024x768 pixels 1024x768 pixels or higher
Graphics Card:
  • NVIDIA GeForce 6600, or better
  • OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better
  • ATI: 4850, 4870
  • OR NVIDIA: 9600, 9800
 

Important Notes

* Second Life is not compatible with dial-up internet, satellite internet, and some wireless internet services.

** Second Life may not run on graphics cards other than the ones listed above. The following cards are NOT compatible with Second Life:

  • NVIDIA cards that report as a RIVA TNT or TNT2
  • ATI cards that report as RAGE, RAGE PRO, or RADEON 320M, 340M, 345M, or similar model numbers
  • Intel chipsets less than a 945 including Intel Extreme
  • Cards with the following branding: 3DFX, RIVA, TNT, SiS, S3, S3TC, Savage, Twister, Rage, Kyro, MILENNIA, MATROX

The following cards have not been tested with Second Life, and compatibility is not certain:

  • NVIDIA cards that report as Quadro
  • ATI cards that report as RADEON IGP or RADEON XPRESS
  • ATI cards that report as FireGL
  • ATI cards that report as FireMV

*** Installation may require that the latest Microsoft Service Packs for your system be installed.

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Hello, Arctic,

You should be good with those specs. I have the same graphics card, which I upgraded from the stock AMD 2 years ago. I also have an AMD Phenom x4 and 8GB of RAM. My monitor is a 24" Samsung HDTV Flat Screen (1920x1080) which I upgraded from the factory HP monitor.

When you install/download Second Life, it will decide which performance is best for you, depending on the specs. There are 4 options: Low, Mid, High and Ultra. Then you have options below that you can change. If you're going to be using Firestorm, they have a neat little Statistics button you can add on the toolbar that shows you FPS or Frames Per Second. Certain options increase/decrease the FPS, so keep an eye on what you enable/disable. I keep everything enabled except for Ambient Occlusion and shadows, as they decrease the FPS for me. I usually enable shadows/reflections when I shoot photos. It varies for each PC. I like to keep Draw Distance at 200 and LOD or Level of Detail at 4.000. Play around with everthing and see what works best for you.

That wasn't so hard to do : ]

 

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