What is your experience with PCSX2, and with what specs?

Is PCSX2 still the way to go? Would you suggest an alternative?

Also, I have a good gaming PC, but I want to use my everyday PC for PCSX2, and I need a better GPU. I'm thinking of going with a GT 1030, but the 1050 is only $50 more. Would the 1050 be overkill? If I got the 1050, I would go with the GDDR5 version. My PC is SFF, with i5-2400 & 8gb DDR3-1066.

I appreciate your time and thoughts. :)

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Those specs should be more than enough. I ran PCSX2 fairly well on my old rig i3 540 (first gen i3) 8 gigs ddr3 and an 750Ti. No problems in any popular games that are well optimized, struggled with some more obscure games but that was probably due to emulation rather than specs.

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Thanks for the reply. :) Been doing some searching since I posted this thread, and I think I've decided to go with the 1030, but it will be a couple weeks til I get it, so perhaps I'll change my mind by then. Again, thanks for the info.

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I use a model 5000X PS2 with an installed hard drive and FreeMCBoot so I could have faster load speeds and a bypass for the region locking.

Or I would if my PS2 didn't die after more than a decade of use. Looking to replace it.

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I'm sorry to hear that it died. It sounds like it was pretty awesome. I'll have to look into it. I'm assuming that isn't something you can do with a slim PS2?

2 months ago
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You can't, no. The model 3000X and 5000X systems have the expansion bay for the hard drive, and you just need to attach a PS2 network adapter to use it, along with getting the software. The earliest Slims can be modified to use a hard drive, but that requires extra work and wouldn't fit in the casing.

And yes, it is very awesome. Allows you to continue using the system even with a dead laser. So of course it was my power supply that packed up.

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You can't do it internally, but you can use PS2 slim + router + USB hard drive.

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Yeah, but that is terribly slow, removing the main advantage. Who wants to wait even longer for games to load?

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I have both a fat console with internal HDD and one slim connected to a router with a USB hard drive attached and I haven't noticed much difference.
Maybe having a router (with OpenWRT) exclusively used to make the connection between the PS2 ethernet port and the USB hard drive, with no computers involved, offers a better result.

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Ah, I get you now. Back when I last checked for new software, people used the PS2 USB ports with a hard drive on Slim, and that has much slower speeds than the disc drive.

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FreeMCBoot works with the PS2 slim too. The only problem is that if you attach a USB hard drive to the console directly, videos will stutter since the PS2 USB port is 1.1.
To bypass that, you can connect the USB hard drive with the games to a router, and the router via ethernet to the PS2 slim. Transfer speed is higher and you'll be able to play without issues.
And you can get a router with USB port and PS2 slim for peanuts nowadays.

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Hi yomisma, I did'nt knew that this could be done, very interesting, I will investigate how done that and I will sent you a friend request, maybe need some help, see later.

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Emulation generally is way harder on the CPU than the GPU. Any remotely recent GPU will be fine.

And yeah, PCSX2 is the only real choice for PS2 emulation. Nothing else is even close to 96% playable. Because they only occasionally release stable versions (1.4.0 is from 2016), you might want to try a development version with the latest improvements, at the cost of possibly having a few more bugs.

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"And yeah, PCSX2 is the only real choice for PS2 emulation. Nothing else is even close to 96% playable."

That's very useful information. Thank you. :)

2 months ago
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FF9 and 10 ran fine even on my GT430 back then, it isn't really all that demanding unless you want to turn all options to max.
For $50 get the 1050, it's not really needed for PCSX2 though.

Still got a real PS2 too.

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PCSX2 is very good in terms of emulation and performance, especially considering the ongoing development for it and getting better as the times goes. I don't think you can find anything better for PS2 emulation, just tweak your settings right and you won't have any issues, even on older machines.

As of the GPU I recommend at least 1050, anything lower is not worth it compared to integrated GPU.

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@ both Lugum & JustArchi

I just watched a great video from a youtuber called ETA PRIME, and I definitely will get at least a 1050. I want to be able to get every title to at least 2 or 3x resolution, and with both Wii U and PS3 emulation being a thing now, it just makes sense. THanks very much for the helpful info.

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I never tried PS3, didn't even know that was possible yet, but Wii U works decent (not everything is fully playable though compared to PS2) and for those every bit of cpu and gpu will help.
Beside the game itself you also need WIIkeys for the games itself, but it's googleable.

This comes a bit to what you will get https://www.reddit.com/r/cemu/comments/6l98sy/how_old_cpus_fare/
And yes i would say even afford a bit more and get a 1060, but that's up to you (and yes it's a trap trying to justify yourself how far you want to go as they all are basically a little step up for a little more money).
https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1060-6GB-vs-Nvidia-GTX-1050/3639vs3650

3DS is also very stable in Citra, do know it's all piracy in the end (unless you own the consoles/games), and a bit frowned upon by a bunch here.

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PS3 emulation is a thing, played God of War 2 HD and Demon's Souls to completion on RCPS3.

But

  1. Not many games are playable atm

  2. It's really demanding both cpu and gpu-wise.

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Thanks, got a coffee lake 8700k and borrowing my dads geforce 1070, should go an end.
The compability list section of that emulator makes my virus scanner give red signals, it's probably safe i guess.

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I have a question for people that use PCSX2, does it work well with mouse and keyboard?

2 months ago
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I haven't used PCSX2 myself, but no. If the game only cares about a d-pad and face buttons, you can do it with just the keyboard, but most games are designed around twin thumbsticks and there's no good way to replicate that without a controller.

But I consider a controller to be an essential PC peripheral, regardless. I've had a controller for my PC from back when you used to plug them into your sound card's joystick port, and wouldn't go without one. Certain games just lend themselves better to a controller, and they're pretty inexpensive. I recommend getting an XB1 controller if you can, as I think they're the best PC controller, but if you're on a real budget you can get a 360 controller for dirt cheap.

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You're right, a controller always comes in hand and I'll get one eventually, thanks for the recommendation. But until I do I need to know if it's playable with keyboard and mouse at all.

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i used PCSX2 on my second gen i3 with a AMD 7750 half-height card without any noticable issues for the games I tried at the time. its been a year or more since I last tried, so the emulator's probably improved since then as well.

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Thanks for the info. What resolution did you usually play at? I ask because originally, I actually considered getting a used GT 740, which is extremely comparable to the HD 7750.

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As i said before i played FF9 and 10 on a GT 430, be it 1600 or 1900x resolution, can't remember (been 2 or 3 years ago) it's really not that demanding.

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PCSX2 works great on my 1050ti, but you'll have to go through some hoops to be able to obtain copies of the games, since many of the trustworthy sites have been basically hit with cease and desists.
For the most part, it depends on the ROM. Most of what I've seen is good and runs fine, but there are a few that are just bugged where the textures are broken and you can't seem to avoid poor performance.

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Actually they are not roms, but iso / disc image, and if you get a redump.org copy (site that focus on 1:1 copies for archiving purposes and don't host any game itself) then it shouldn't be a shoddy version.

2 months ago
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what is rom?
baby dont hurt me.
dont hurt me,
no more.

what you're calling rom is a dump of rom chip on a cartridge. and what you're calling iso is a dump of cd/gd/dvd-rom. so it is rom indeed. it's just general public used to label it the other way.

2 months ago
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The rom term usually is used wrong yeah.

Playstation 1 used cd's, playstation 2 dvd, so therefor they are isos, be it nitpicking.

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It depends on the game you're playing and the quality you want to play it at
Games like God of War will work fine. Others like Shadow of the Colossus...which is a beast to emulate, no so much

Go with the lowest settings and you should be fine

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Depends on the game, some work flawlessly, other have some solvable issues, other are just lost causes, but yea its the emulator I use

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i have a 7700k with a GTX1070, works great, played Persona 4, GT4, Shadow of the Collosus, Midnight Club 3 ICO and haunting Ground.

all of them worked no big tweaks or anything at 4k, the only game i havent got it to work properly is Stuntman.

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I have a Core 2 Quad q6600 2.4ghz, 5gb RAM and R7 240 2gb. All games work fine

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