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Examples of games that demand a hi-spec PC?

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August 22, 2010 3:13:29 AM

Hi,
Can someone help me list some examples of games that are either a.) gfx/cpu intensive b.) only gfx intensive and c.) only cpu intensive? Including upcoming releases...

I'm especially interested in finding games that are CPU intensive so I can better persuade myself that upgrading to either a nice AM3 or 1156 CPU is worth the investment.

I know Bad Company 2, GTAIV+Episodes, and of course Crysis are demanding on the CPU, and RTSs are, too, but that's all I can think of. Thanks! :) 

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August 22, 2010 4:09:56 AM

also look at metro 2033, just cause 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat
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August 22, 2010 1:15:06 PM

Mafia 2 (coming out this week) looks to be pretty hard core on hardware.
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August 23, 2010 4:12:50 AM

I totally forgot about Just Cause 2. I didn't know stalker was cpu intensive. I'll look at Metro 2033 and Mafia 2 in detail. Thanks.

Any more games would be awesome, too.
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August 23, 2010 8:08:49 AM

Gotta love the logic... Buy a $40 game to justify the $500 upgrade. ;-)

Don't worry, I've done the same thing on a few occasions over the years.
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August 23, 2010 1:52:26 PM

I believe although its getting on a bit Flight Simulator can still really tax CPU's as well as hitting the GPU somewhat if you turn up the settings.
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August 24, 2010 2:18:40 PM

Herr_Koos said:
Gotta love the logic... Buy a $40 game to justify the $500 upgrade. ;-)

Don't worry, I've done the same thing on a few occasions over the years.


Well that's not how I look at it. It's been two years since I've upgraded, and I'm looking at max $200 worth of upgrades. Another thing is we all use our extra money for something different. Some people buy $500 car rims even though theyre harder to maintain, and others buy $800 HDTVs for $100 worth of redbox rentals lol. Everyone is a consumer and they buy what they want.
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August 24, 2010 2:40:12 PM

markusaurileus said:
Well that's not how I look at it. It's been two years since I've upgraded, and I'm looking at max $200 worth of upgrades. Another thing is we all use our extra money for something different. Some people buy $500 car rims even though theyre harder to maintain, and others buy $800 HDTVs for $100 worth of redbox rentals lol. Everyone is a consumer and they buy what they want.


Understood; like I said, I've done the same thing myself a few times.
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