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January 14, 2009 5:27:44 AM

Hey,

Basically buying a new computer to play games such as Crysis Warhead and Call of Duty - Worlds at War on 1900x1200 Res.

What hardware would be required to play Crysis Warhead at 'Gamer' graphics and Call of Duty at decent graphics, i would like to be able to play them smoothly.

A list of what would be required would be appreciated.
January 14, 2009 6:55:04 AM

In order to run crysis at resolutions that high you're looking at triple or quad SLI on an i7 rig.

What's your budget?
January 14, 2009 6:57:49 AM

If you dont have at least $1500 to blow then you wont get Crysis running that well!!

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January 14, 2009 8:04:08 AM

I'm looking at around $1600 - $1700 AUS, so around $1100 US.

If i was to down the res to 1680x1050 or 1440x900 would it be possible to have the above games run smoothly on my price range?
January 14, 2009 8:14:40 AM

Crysis would still be a bit of a pig, but probably doable. Are there any other games you're looking at playing?
January 14, 2009 8:19:26 AM

Call of Duty - Worlds at War and other than them two I'm not to sure what there is out there anymore, in decent games at least.
I am a fan of the CS:S and Call of Duty games so anything along those lines would be good.

Any suggestions?
January 14, 2009 8:44:56 AM

I get crysis wars running at 1680x1050 on my 22" on very high settings and I have a 4870 so you are gonna have to get a good card to run any higher. a 4870x2 or triple sli with the 260, or nvidia have just released the 295. They all come at a fat price premium though.... Also get lotsa RAM, you can never have enough RAM :)  GRID is a sexy game and so is L4D
January 14, 2009 9:19:42 AM

Crysis aint that great a game mate.
The obsession is more around e-peening it up by who gets best fps.


Im on lunch in a sec so ill prolly do a build for you
January 14, 2009 9:46:05 AM

mmm do you need a monitor in that $1100 as well?
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January 14, 2009 10:12:04 AM

eccy said:
Hey,

Basically buying a new computer to play games such as Crysis Warhead and Call of Duty - Worlds at War on 1900x1200 Res.

What hardware would be required to play Crysis Warhead at 'Gamer' graphics and Call of Duty at decent graphics, i would like to be able to play them smoothly.

A list of what would be required would be appreciated.



I would recommend the 1250usd system listed in tomshardware (mid range system)http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-overclock,2.... It should run Crysis very smoothly.

You could switch the graphics card for a 280 GTX specially since the price on those will come down or a 4870x2. Both of those cards are insane.

with a 4870x2 it would be close to the setup i have. it runs crysis at 1900*1200 2x AA very smooth highest settings.
January 14, 2009 10:41:42 AM

CPU / Mobo Phenom II 940 w/ Biostar Tforce 790GX $335

GPU Nvidia 280 $325 - $20 MIR

PSU PCP&C S61EPS 610W $105 - $35 MIR

RAM 2x2GB G.Skill 800Mhz $40

Antec 900 $110

Vista 64 bit OEM $100

AS5 $6

Total $1014 before $65 MIR = $949

Stock HSF on the Phenom II is apparantly pretty good so you should get a nice overclock. Antec 900 will fit a 280 in it. In my opinion the Phenom 2 is best buy chip at the mo, you dont have the budget for a Core i7 based build. Nvidia 280 is the best performing card @ 1920 x 1200 with a good 40fps on max settings.
Coupla things - the PSU is for one 280, they are verrrrry hungry cards so if you wanna SLI you will need something a bit beefier around the 800w mark, also im not great with monitors so i cant recommend one if you do need one. If you wanted to spend less then look for a Nvidia 260 and a lower rated PSU...perhaps an Antec 300.
January 14, 2009 12:35:37 PM

Thanks a heap for the help so far, very helpful :) 

I have a monitor currently, 24"

January 14, 2009 12:41:00 PM

Will be tight. My 4850 is 9.25inches and it fits in my Antec 300 but is a complete pain to take in / out as i have to mess about with PSU wiring that runs over the top of the card.
The 280 is 10.5inches long :s

For HDD just pickup a Seagate 500GB SATA2 with 32MB cache, its very fast (provided you remember to switch the SATA jumper!) costs around $60, and any old retail optical will do for $30 or so.
January 14, 2009 1:54:34 PM

pr2thej said:
Will be tight. My 4850 is 9.25inches and it fits in my Antec 300 but is a complete pain to take in / out as i have to mess about with PSU wiring that runs over the top of the card.
The 280 is 10.5inches long :s


The 280 isn't any bigger than the 260 is it? I don't recall having any trouble fitting that in my 300. I believe i routed the
power cables underneath the card, using the case cable tidying slots, not over the top.
January 14, 2009 2:26:36 PM

Ya just checked theyre the same length. Go with Antec 300 then but stick a 280 in it. Perhaps spend the remainder on some PSU that can handle SLI so you could look to upgrade at a later date. Would need a slightly better mobo if that was the case though i believe as that one in the combo deal doesnt offer 2 lanes of PCI-E @ x16.

Hmm....

Bugger it, stick with the 300 and the 280 in the build above, and spend the rest on Steam :D 
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