How To Build A PC For Crysis 3

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So there you are, sitting pretty with the gaming PC you built back in mid-2009. It’s a quaint little machine, chugging away with its Core2 Duo E8400, and an AMD 4870. Oh, and that 150 GB Raptor drive you bought later in the year, maybe around Christmas? All in all, it’s a solid machine that’s served you well, from Call of Duty 4 and Mass Effect all the way through to Skyrim and Far Cry 3.

But Crytek and EA just revealed the minimum, recommended, and high-end specifications for Crysis 3, which means your tried and true rig is about to be demoted to “relic” status.

Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1Gb Video RAM
  • Dual core CPU
  • 2GB Memory (3GB on Vista)
  • CPU: Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 E6600 (2.4 GHz), AMD Athlon64 X2 5200+ (2.7 GHz)
  • GPU: Nvidia GTS 450, AMD Radeon HD 5770

Recommended Requirements

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM
  • Quad core CPU
  • 4GB Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 560, AMD Radeon HD 5870
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-530, AMD Phenom II X2 565

High-End Performance Requirements

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Latest DirectX 11 graphics card
  • Latest quad core CPU
  • 8GB Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 680, AMD Radeon HD 7970
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-2600k, AMD FX-4150

It looks like you’re stuck in Minimum Requirements purgatory. But it’s okay! Three and half years for a gaming PC is a respectable run, but it’s time to power her down and build a new machine, don’t you think? Thankfully, I have nothing better to do than look at computer hardware online for hours, if not days, so I’ve come up with two Crysis 3-friendly part lists that should do Crytek’s latest title some justice upon release. Thankfully, benchmarks based on the Crysis 3 multiplayer alpha are online, which means we have some idea of how the game will run in final form.

Before I even looked at hardware, I decided to stick with two price points for this buyer’s guide: $600 and $2,000. These two figures represent hardware only, so no Windows and no monitor or peripherals. And mail-in rebates are also a factor, so while our $2,000 machine might appear to be over $2,100, that is not the case once you mail the rebate cards in. Additionally, we used Newegg for all our pricing and building, but there are plenty of good deals to be found on Amazon, Fry’s, etc.

As the saying goes, talk is cheap, so we’re starting with the $600 build. This machine isn’t Jesus, so miracles at 2560×1600 won’t be happening. If you like to game at 1920×1080, this budget build should perform admirably on Medium Quality, and you might even get away with High-Res Textures enabled, too.

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5 Comments on How To Build A PC For Crysis 3


On December 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Hmm, good thing I just bought a 680 :p


On December 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Is there a reason you recommended the i7-2600k? Are you not aware of i5 vs i7 differences in gaming? Besides that, why are you suggesting sandy bridge and not ivy bridge? i5-3570k is clearly a much better option.

Devin Connors

On December 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm


I think you might have breezed through this article a little too fast. :)
I did not recommend the Core i7-2600k. I recommended the Core i7-3770K.


On December 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

dude… mu Pc was already like this :P
But nice job :)


On January 26, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Will this last and play games beyond Crysis 3? wbu windows 7 is that included or will it cost more?