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Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by ReddMcKnight Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:43 pm

Hey all, I wanna play Shenmue on my PC really bad, since I never found a working Dreamcast. That being said, can the following setup handle it?

Windows 7, 32-Bit
3.12 GB of RAM usable
AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Processor 2.30 GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650

If more info is needed, just let me know. Thanks!
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Re: Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by Sano Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:29 pm

Honestly, I say go a head and give it a try. You won't really know until you try. :D
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Re: Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by Hazerd Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:26 am

Try it and found out, but i think youll be fine, i ran it on a lower spec system than that.
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Re: Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by pvt_awol Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:36 pm

I don't see why not. I was running it at great speed and HD resolution with a Phenom X4 and GTX 470.

Your card is much newer and better, and your specs overall seem just fine.

I did have to use different emulators depending on the game that I wanted to play though. NullDC for the most part is 95% of the way there. For the rest I would use Makaron. Experiment with both, but start with NullDC.
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Re: Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by Hazerd Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:42 pm

pvt_awol wrote:I don't see why not. I was running it at great speed and HD resolution with a Phenom X4 and GTX 470.

Your card is much newer and better, and your specs overall seem just fine.


GTX 470 is actually better than a GTX 650, higher series number doesnt always mean better in video cards :D

GTX 470 vs GTX 650 benchmarks
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/681?vs=519
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Re: Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by pvt_awol Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:32 pm

^

Damn! I didn't know there was that much of a difference. I suppose I might have been thinking about the 650ti, but really I thought that they'd be a lot closer than that.

While I don't necessarily retract my previous post, I'd edit it to say that you might not be running Dreamcast at full speed in 1080p. You might get some good numbers still with 720p. I can't find any videos to support my claim, but judging from the frame rates that your card outputs for Battlefield 3 and FarCry 3, etc. it should handle the emulator.

Why not just try it? It doesn't cost anything, and if you already have the hardware, it's a win win. (Then save up monies and upgrade your GPU!)
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Re: Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by BoneSnapDeez Tue Nov 19, 2013 1:24 pm

ReddMcKnight wrote:Hey all, I wanna play Shenmue on my PC really bad, since I never found a working Dreamcast.


Try an emulator out if you want, but you can find a working Dreamcast for pretty damn cheap.
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Re: Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by anonymous1980 Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:50 am

NullDC 1.0.4 is my favorite DC emulator, it has brilliant compatibility. I've thrown countless games at it, and they all worked fine. I finished both Shenmue games on it without a problem. Also, it'll work on a toaster of a PC. It will work flawlessly on your PC aswell.

I recommend NullDC over any other emulator.
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Re: Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by pvt_awol Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:12 pm

^

agreed, except for Dead or Alive.

I went looking for a full speed way to play this, and was only ever able to get an arcade Naomi version working. Do you know some settings that you'd like to share? (If you've gotten good speed from NullDC with DOA?)
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Re: Dreamcast Emulation - Can my PC handle it?

by anonymous1980 Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:38 am

I have DoA Ultimate Edition and DoA 3 on my OG Xbox, so i never bothered to test Dead or Alive 2.. What did you try, exactly, to make it run faster?

My settings are normal, sometimes in Options > nullDC settings > Cable Type, i change it around, certain games do not function without a specific cable type. My resolution is set at 720p, that's my sweet spot, in 1080p it lags.
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