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Need cheapest PC build to run Crysis 3 on max 30fps

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October 14, 2013 6:52:19 PM

I made a similar thread like this but I didn't like the response I got because they was recommending things like expensive cases/HDD/power and stuff like that.

I don't want anything that is unnecessary, I want to play Crysis 3 at max 1080p with a minimum of 30fps and nothing else for as cheap as possible.

I already know how to put together a build.

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October 14, 2013 7:00:34 PM

Here's a build I suggested to someone a couple of days ago I think it meets your needs. Maybe not the cheapest but overall its still very powerful.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1NS28
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October 14, 2013 7:01:46 PM

Just cause you dont like the answers you got doesnt mean they werent right. Crysis 3 is a demanding game period. And if you want to play it on max details at 1080p at 30 fps, its not gonna be a cheap build. So with that said, dont start another thread just cause you dont like the answers. Thats considered spam and against the ToS.
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October 14, 2013 7:05:48 PM

If you wanna play the game your going to have to pony up some cash that game is very demanding and there are tons of folks here at toms to help you do so. If not is it on a ps 3 or xbox? if you want cheaper, theres always value and theres you get what you paid for as well.
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October 14, 2013 7:56:37 PM

Dishragboy's build is about what it takes. Maybe a cheaper case and a non "K" I5 without an aftermarket CPU cooler.
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October 14, 2013 8:18:46 PM

His build was good as I saw it sure we can chip away at the price as of the case and after market cooler but in the end your not going to run Crysis 3 on a 300 to 600 dollar system no matter what chip mem vid card you use.
I mean Id love to own a vette but I own a cavalier lol it is what it is...
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October 15, 2013 11:36:06 AM

I was thinking of this:

Anything wrong? would I be able to overclock with that motherboard?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RI 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.77 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i600 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $803.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 14:39 EDT-0400)
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October 15, 2013 11:46:34 AM

gizmo j said:
I was thinking of this:

Anything wrong? would I be able to overclock with that motherboard?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RI 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.77 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Zotac GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($232.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i600 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $803.66
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 14:39 EDT-0400)


You need 8GB ram. You could overclock but not with that cooler. I would also get a better PSU. A cheap cooler master just isn't the best for an $800 build. With that GPU I believe you could do ultra but no AA. I don't remember for sure though
Edit: you should be able to have 2x smaa on ultra with 30fps. At least that's what toms says the 7950 gets and they are really close performers.
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October 15, 2013 11:55:55 AM


Why do I need 8GB of RAM?

I remember back in 2009 there was no need to go past 4gb if its just for gaming....has times change?
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October 15, 2013 12:09:25 PM

That was four years ago... Yeah you need more than four for crysis 3. Even one browser tab open can kill game performance on older games with 4gb ram. I had 4gb and even fraps in the background affected performance in Batman arkham asylum which is no where close to crysis 3 on system load
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October 15, 2013 12:37:57 PM

What about this instead?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Zalman CNPS9500 AT Ball Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G43 Gaming ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($104.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master i600 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $846.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 15:38 EDT-0400)
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October 15, 2013 12:41:53 PM

What about something like this? I believe this is a pretty budget rig for crysis 3. Some things about this build cheaper mobo & CPU, 8gb of ram, bigger HDD, better case IMO,better GPU IMO, 750watts if you want x-fire later, and windows 8. Feel free to ask questions or comment!

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Paqv
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October 15, 2013 1:02:38 PM

I think I might go AMD instead, would this be OK?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RA 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $751.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 16:00 EDT-0400)
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October 15, 2013 3:16:08 PM

gizmo j said:
I think I might go AMD instead, would this be OK?


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master RR-H101-22FK-RA 30.0 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($14.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($48.96 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.00 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Cooler Master GX 650W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.00 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $751.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 16:00 EDT-0400)


Its a good build but to me it seems slightly unbalanced. If your on a budget and trying to keep prices down then theirs no point in getting an 8350 imo for gaming. For that price you'd be better off getting an i5. That cooler dosent seem like its going to keep said 8350 cool at all. Ram i suggest 1600 as a minimum but it could work if you need to save cash. For $20 might as well get a 1TB. I'd take the sappire 7950 over that one and their the same price. That case no cable management and you're probably going to end up regretting buying it. Meh optical drive is an optical drive. I personally would get windows 8, im using it right now and i like it a lot more than 7 i can't even go back to 7 anymore feels to slow. With all that said it looks like im ragging on your build, im not im just trying to provide the best insight i can. With that said take a look at this. Now to explain why i chose these parts. The 6300 is a fine processor iv;e used it in a number of builds no complaints. T40 better cpu cooler should allow you to get some decent overclocks. Motherboard gets the job done. Ram is ram i like 1600. 1tb or storage because its a good amount. Better card imo and is comes with 4 games 1 of those is crysis 3 (didnt know if you had it or not yet) Case is soooo much better! Nice window and good cable management offerings. Power is power 600w is enough. Optical drive is an optical drive i don't even use mine but if you need on its there. And os since im sure you like w7 more and w8 i left 7 there but i would go with 8. Whew without further waiting here's what i propose! Also quick question do you live by a microcenter? Sorry for wall of text!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Respire T40 68.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI 970A-G46 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Window ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $741.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-15 18:15 EDT-0400)
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