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March 3, 2014 8:46:15 AM

I currently play all my games on my PC, which I've modeled after the next-gen systems, here are my specs:

GPU: Gigabyte 2GB 7850
CPU: FX-8320
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 1600MHz
Hard Drive: 1TB 7200rpm
PSU: 600 watt

I'm wanting to play games like Watch Dogs and The Witcher 3 on High graphics settings with 30+ fps whenever possible so intended on buying another 2GB 7850 just in case one wasn't enough but that also means I'd have to upgrade to a larger PSU. I'm going to end up paying around $325 for the both of them and who knows what upgrades I'll have to do in the future.

I was thinking that it might be better if I just got an Xbox One instead so I'd be able to run all the next-gen games without trouble (The reason I'm choosing the Xbox One over PS4 is mostly because of the exclusives I want to play like Ryse and Quantum Break) Should I just go ahead and upgrade my computer? It's cheaper and I've put a lot of time in building my PC. Or should I just buy an Xbox One?

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March 3, 2014 12:56:02 PM

Your computer is already more powerful than the Xbone, and would be even better with a faster graphics card. I'd recommend maybe just buying a faster single card rather than doing Crossfire, as Crossfire, especially with midrange cards can be a bit flaky. I'd say not to bother with the Xbone unless you desperately want to play one of their few exclusive games, or all your friends are playing on Xbone.
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March 3, 2014 2:09:04 PM

Your computer looks pretty good, and should be able to handle next gen games very well.
I think you're underestimating your computer's specs.
You may have to adjust the settings on Witcher 3 (you won't be alone) but I believe that game is trying to pull a Crysis and just bring everyone's systems to shame with it's max settings.

Preset settings always suck, you always gotta go into Custom/Advanced and make them work right.

I've got a 2gb 7850 myself, and I'm running 2 1080p monitors with DisplayPort connections and I'm rarely getting below 100 FPS with high settings. (have to tone down the Anti-aliasing a bit, but it's pretty hard to notice the difference between 4x and 16x, when you're actually PLAYING the game anyways)
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March 4, 2014 9:17:45 AM

James Mason said:
Your computer looks pretty good, and should be able to handle next gen games very well.
I think you're underestimating your computer's specs.
You may have to adjust the settings on Witcher 3 (you won't be alone) but I believe that game is trying to pull a Crysis and just bring everyone's systems to shame with it's max settings.

Preset settings always suck, you always gotta go into Custom/Advanced and make them work right.

I've got a 2gb 7850 myself, and I'm running 2 1080p monitors with DisplayPort connections and I'm rarely getting below 100 FPS with high settings. (have to tone down the Anti-aliasing a bit, but it's pretty hard to notice the difference between 4x and 16x, when you're actually PLAYING the game anyways)


Thanks for the feedback, and I'm afraid I do underestimate my computer a bit. I say that because on games like Assassin's Creed IV I can run on max settings (With a few tweaks like turning off the V-sync or lowering the anti-aliasing) but it can dip down to the lower 30's in fps and I'm just worried on how it'll perform against games like Watch Dogs, The Witcher 3, and Dragon Age Inquisition when set on High graphics settings.

Also, I've been advised many times lately not to go for a crossfire set-up, is it really that bad? If I'm going to go through a lot of trouble getting my cards to run well together then I would be willing to just go for one High-end card such as a 3GB 7950. I just thought I would get better performance out of two 7850's working together. One last question, if I do run the 7850's will my 8320 processor be able to keep up with them? I don't want to bottleneck my cards, thanks guys for all your help! :) 
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March 4, 2014 9:39:37 AM

Alot of multiplatform release games are only optimized for consoles, and then they just screw off when it comes to optimizations for the PC. All the games you're trying to play are console games that are "also on the PC."
Max settings are always a waste, anyways. You should always adjust the game settings for maximum performance if you're actually serious about playing them, otherwise you're just wasting processing power on things you never look at, like the shadows. If you have time to stop and smell the daisies in a game, you're playing it wrong.

You don't need to run the games at max settings, that's just dumb, and only for those idiots who say things like "This game has last gen graphics, it sucks."
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March 4, 2014 2:16:26 PM

James Mason said:
Alot of multiplatform release games are only optimized for consoles, and then they just screw off when it comes to optimizations for the PC. All the games you're trying to play are console games that are "also on the PC."
Max settings are always a waste, anyways. You should always adjust the game settings for maximum performance if you're actually serious about playing them, otherwise you're just wasting processing power on things you never look at, like the shadows. If you have time to stop and smell the daisies in a game, you're playing it wrong.

You don't need to run the games at max settings, that's just dumb, and only for those idiots who say things like "This game has last gen graphics, it sucks."


I'm sorry, I should have phrased that differently. I don't need to max out games I just want them to look as good as possible. When it comes to games graphics it's very important to that it looks good simply because it helps bring the games to life. Gameplay and story are also very important aspects to me. And lastly, If I'm going to be playing $50-60 for every new game that I buy then I want to get the most out of it, which graphics are a big part of it. Thanks anyway for your advice! I'll probably still go for the crossfire-setup and hope everything works fine.
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