Originally Posted by Dublock
In ATI cards, it's second number that counts. x4xx is budget, very weak card. While it had some generational improvements over 1800 (x8xx - high end card, through 2 development cycles earlier), it won't beat 2600 (x6xx - medium end card, basically gaming cards start here). In fact, IIRC, when it comes to budget cards, only 5450 came close to beating 2600 in games. I wouldn't use any x4xx card for gaming, they were simply not made for it.
As for PCI, pardon? First PCI express cards barely utilized that bus, AGP remained viable for 2-3 more generation of cards before dying. If something as powerful as Nvidia 9800 get fine on AGP, ATI's 3450 won't feel one iota of difference.
Originally Posted by Dispozition
Um, how is high end
4xxx card remotely comparable to weak 3xxx?
Also, as for load on CPU, IIRC ME1 doesn't even utilize multiple cores and any modern processor devoting whole core to it will be far faster than ME1 era processors, so, no. In fact, I seem to recall crashes were caused by multiple core problems. In fact, seeing even today the laptop processors are enough for games while laptop gaming cards struggle, I don't think there ever was time when processor was more important than graphic card, except for heavy strategy games.