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Will a Core 2 Duo E6300 run crysis on high?

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October 29, 2009 4:30:23 AM

Hey I'm currently building a budget gaming pc, and from what I can understand, I'm better off putting my biggest wad of cash into the video card, so I will be going with a Nvidia Geforce 200 Series (not sure on which one, but in the $150-$200 price range). I was just curious if a Core 2 Duo E6300 would be sufficient to run Crysis on 1280x1024 with medium-high settings and decent fps, or without bottle necking. If it isn't then I am open to suggestions by all means.

Thanks, Scott

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October 29, 2009 6:23:11 AM

The CPU is the easy part especially overclocked, the GPU your looking at wont cut the mustard for high.
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October 29, 2009 12:37:30 PM

Really? How would a 260 GTX or a 8800 GTX perform?
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October 29, 2009 2:48:46 PM

ok My PC specs are this: Destcop: core2 quad 6600 2.5ghz| 8gb ram ocz ddr2 800mhz| Nvidia nForce 780i motherboard| seagate 500gb 7200rpm HDD| 260gtx 896mb| asus H243H 24'' 1080p monitor| Cooler Master case

And I run it full graphics with that ress with AA x2 on 30fps, I tried tu run it with high setting on 1920x1080, It worked, the only problem is the cooling, the game run 17-24 fps on ice map, but my PC shut down after 4 minutes, so you would need a nice cooling system if you are expecting to run those resolutions on medium-high.
The answer to your question is yes, you will run maximum graphics with a core 2 duo, but on low ress with a graphic card for that budget, 1280x1024 without AA, wait me to get home and Ill tell you the FPS with a 260 gtx 1280x1024 all maxed up without AA


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Destcop: core2 quad 6600 2.5ghz| 8gb ram ocz ddr2 800mhz| Nvidia nForce 780i motherboard| seagate 500gb 7200rpm HDD| 260gtx 896mb| asus H243H 24'' 1080p monitor| Cooler Master case
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October 29, 2009 3:17:31 PM

Ok thank you, that would be very helpful.
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November 2, 2009 12:56:44 PM

Santa, it sounds like you need a bigger power supply.

Scott--it is important to look at what you want in your machine, and what you can afford. You already know you want a budget gaming PC, that is a good start. Now look at what you can afford--what is your price range?

Keep in mind the things you can skimp on, and things you cant. Things that you should be able to find quite cheap: case, hard drive, ram, cooling. Those are all things that have become incredible easy to find for a great price, without sacrificing performance. Things you should focus on: cpu, motherboard, video. I find a lot of people really going light on the motherboard, opting for cheap boards because they "can" get away with it--then in a few short months they are posting here looking for help! Save yourself future problems (and give yourself room to upgrade!).

A GTX260 should be a great card for now, assuming you've got the power for it for a gaming system I would recommend 600W for a dual core single GPU setup. I run a 9800GTX+ and it handles games great, I don't play crysis so I cannot use that for an example (but my machine is not the same specs you listed--so it wouldn't be a very accurate example anyway).

The machine you have listed should run Crysis just fine on that resolution, I wouldn't expect to use AA or if you do--wouldn't think it would like anything more than 2xAA at the most--but that is all user preference anyway.

Other things to think about: the FSB of the E6300 is listed as 1066, so DDR2 1066mhz would be handy (and likely well priced). If you can budget it, the E7500 is a Core2 Duo (as opposed to Pentium) and has a 3mb cache, a bit more clock speed, better multimedia instructions, and also a 1066mhz FSB) for a few more bucks. Stick to a fairly trusted brand, I prefer Corsair but Gskill seems to have come a long way for great priced memory. Also, if you plan to overclock that CPU at all, look at an aftermarket air cooler (120mm for best airflow *IF* your case can hold it).

Try listing out which components you are currently thinking about:

Case:
PSU:
CPU:
Motherboard:
Memory:
Hard Drive:
Graphics:
Cooling:
Others:
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November 5, 2009 11:22:46 PM

Dirtdiver, Ive got 750watt power suply, I thought to put dual SLI so I bought a big one. I dont think that it would be a problem for my PC as it is right now
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November 6, 2009 10:10:58 AM

santa2142 said:
Dirtdiver, Ive got 750watt power suply, I thought to put dual SLI so I bought a big one. I dont think that it would be a problem for my PC as it is right now



I was just trying to help out with your PC shutting itself off whilst gaming. A lot of times this can be to the CPU and GPU drawing more power than the PSU can actually provide, and clipping off. You have a fairly hungry system, I would check the ratings on your PSU for how many amps it is running per rail and see if that falls within the guidelines listed for your CPU/GPU combo. Just a suggestion.
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November 7, 2009 3:39:29 PM

ok, here is what i think: I can run crysis at HIGH settings just fine, at about an average of 24-30fps at 1280-720RES with a Core 2 Duo E8600 @ Stock Clock of 3.33GHZ and an Nvidia GTX 260 Factory OC 856MB. My PSU is 750WTS. AND my RAM is 4GB DDR2 @800mhz. My system is somewhat cheap and it can reap anything I throw at it, but if you want a bigger bang, just put in a Core i7 with Hyperthreading and maybe 2 GTX 260 on a good intel M-Board. You can get those for about $700-$800. With that combo you will be able to play Crysis and anything else coming up in 1 year at maxed out settings. Trust me its worth it. Now If you are ok with the current games like Modern Warfare 2, NFS, Fallout 3 (ex) just get a core 2 duo E8400 @3.00GHZ,with a single Nvidia GTX 260, and 4 GB of ram, not hard to get trust me. Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!
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November 11, 2009 3:58:26 AM

Yeahh the article was good.
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November 13, 2009 1:14:32 PM

jzsang said:
Did you read today's article...? It was made for you - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-balanced-plat... - !!!


The article shows that ATI performs better when using dual core CPU's. Look at how the HD4890 beat the GTX285 and the HD4870x2 beats the GTX295 when using a E6300 or E8400. So it would seem that getting an ATI card would be better. i.e a 4870 would beat a GTX260. So rather get a 4870.
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November 13, 2009 1:45:20 PM

Or wait just a bit for the 5850 to be more available, $300 and it outperforms nVidia cards across the board...


Even the 5770 outperforms most of the nVidias currently..for $175 it would be hard to complain IMO.
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November 13, 2009 2:33:53 PM

At 1280x1024 using an E6300 and a decent GPU will let you play Crysis on HIGH without using xAA. I would opt for a 5770 or 4890 depending on the motherboard the OP chooses. At that resolution you might be able to turn up the eye-candy a notch and still get playable frames....
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November 13, 2009 2:53:51 PM

OvrClkr said:
The 5770 is basically the same as a 4870 or GTX 260 performance-wise. Of course it has it's advantages like DX11, eye-finity, low power consumption and produces less heat. I like how they perform in CF....

http://guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5770-review-test/18



That is the exact article I got my information from! haha, great article--and the 5770 is cheap! Hard to complain with the features (as you listed) and the price/performance ratio. ATI is doing very well currently, I have always been on the green team--but will be switching for my next build.
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