After trying to play Crysis at full settings last night, it eventually dawned on me how crap my computer really is. My laptop can just about run it, but I don't intend to use my laptop for gaming. So, I've taken it upon myself to get rid of my current PC, and build a new one right from scratch including processor, motherboard and everything else. Like most people, I haven't dabbled in building custom rigs for a good few years so I have no idea which one would be best for me. So, god help me, I'm leaving it down to you guys to pick the best one for me. So, what do I want from my dream machine?
-Total cost must be around £800-£1000. -I will not order parts from abroad. -Must be able to run games at high settings, said games including CoD4, Crysis and The Orange Box.
That's pretty much it, quite simple. I will give rep to those who set me up with this beast of a rig, and when I get round to buying it and it runs perfectly, then I will give major rep to the user. Now, one thing worries me; if I want the best out of Crysis, I will need Vista, am I right? Can anybody inform me about Vista, and the good points and bad points, etc? Thanks, guys...
The only one of the 3 games you mentioned that really requires that high end a PC is Crysis, though it really depends on how big and what type of monitor you want and if that price includes it. It's also the only one of the 3 that can make use of quad core CPUs, so that particular part choice may be a tough call. If you went dual core (E6750, E6850, etc) you could get a screamin fast one at a pretty good price and afford a real nice monitor. It would also play the majority of todays games faster with it's higher speed, though who knows how many quad core games will come out during the time you own the system. Another reason it's crucial to know whether that price factors in the monitor is there will be next gen quads available soon with shared cache and all 4 cores on one layer. Current Intel quads are merely two dual cores on one chip, so they use the FSB rather than shared cache. In other words I kind of feel if you're going to go quad you might as well go with a next gen one or wait until hgher speed ones are a reality and more affordable. There's also some video cards coming out that may be a better value than what's currently available or at least the currently available ones will likely drop in price when they arrive. The soon to be released 8800GT is already drawing lots of attention as one of the best mid priced cards ever made. Another thing that makes current decisions tough is there are new MB chipsets coming out that will be high performance and suport DDR3 RAM, which has been high priced as there aren't many MBs supporting it. Such MBs/chipsets could and likely will drive DDR3 prices down, though IMO its not worth it to go DDR3 until it evolves into lower CAS latencies. There is at least one MB that has slots for both DDR2 and DDR3, making upgrading easy. I'm not saying you need to wait for higher tech stuff, just that it may be easier to see what's going to be to your liking and/or the popular market trends and at the very least any good deals now will be even better deals then. I think perhaps one of the best reasons to wait at least until the end of this year is to see what video cards Nvidia will release using the G92 GPU. Dual core will still be high performace and usable for some time but quad cores will catch fire much faster than duals did because threaded games are a reality now, whereas when dual cores debuted they weren't. Sorry if this is more confusing than helpfull, but the reality is a lot of people are saying wait a while because at this partuicular time there are many new advances being made. Others are saying why wait, there's always something new around the corner, but these new things are worth waiting for and the kind changes that aren't made very often.
hehe, we have someone that wants rep :) well echo, crysis is a monster of a game. The cards on the market arent even that good to run the game at MAX performance. (ive heard that one...) you need vista, thats one thing for sure. It isnt that bad like everyone is saying, it has a lot of securities but you get used to it and you are safe for the future, meaning programs etc. Im as well not that a pc nerd, more a porsche, motorcycle nerd, but its good to say, that a quad core will be good for the future, but if you wanna save some money, a duo core will be better. Buy some ram sticks like 4 gb or 2gb. Not everything is using the qualities of the quadcore today so better duo. The 8800 gts 320 mb, is very good. Its expensive but it's way better then everything below it. The 8800 gt, i dont know for a clue. its not much but its already a small guide towards the future ;)
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19th September 2006
The advice I would give you is that for Vista and gaming, have at least 3 GB ram. That way you have 2 GB for games, and 1GB for OS ( Approximations) As far as videocard wise, I would go with the 8800 GTS or GTX I'm not exactly sure what your current rig is but you might not even Need to upgrade. (although totally optional.) A quadcore right now is kind of overkill considering how many games/ programs Don't support, but if you're building for the future, go for it.
[COLOR=Black]It barely managed to run Crysis, and right now it refuses to play even the likes of Return to Castle Wolfenstein. That's how bang out-of-date my setup is. So, yeah, get me going on the right path to gaming heaven, chaps.[/COLOR]
Just so you know, Crysis is an absolute monster of a game. I can just about run it maxed out, but even then I get a lot of frame dropping and bursts of lag every so often. Based on this, you're probably going to want:
- A decent processor. Either a high-end C2D such as an E6750 or E6850, or a C2Q such as a Q6700. - Lots of RAM. 2gb has become the accepted standard for gaming, however more is always better. Just be aware that 32-bit operating systems can't handle any more than 3gb of RAM, so you'll want a 64-bit OS if you want any more than that. - A powerful graphics card. As far as this is concerned you shouldn't be looking at anything less than an 8800GTX, or a Radeon HD2900 - preferably, two of them.
The rest is really up to you, the only other components of real importance are the motherboard itself, and the power supply - neither should be overlooked, as they both contribute in spades to the performance and stability of the system overall.