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Will I be able to run Starcraft 2 and Battlefield 3 on max settings?

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September 11, 2012 12:53:09 PM

I have recently ordered a computer from www.cyberpowerpc.com but it will be a pretty long time before it will arrive at my doorsteps. Here is my rig:


Intel® Core™ i3-2120 3.30 GHz 3M Intel Smart Cache LGA1155

[CrossFireX] GIGABYTE Z77-DS3H Intel Z77 Chipset DDR3 ATX Mainboard w/ IRST, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, 2x Gen3 PCIe x16, 2 PCIe x1 & 2 PCI

8GB (4GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory

AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card

500GB Western Digital Caviar Black SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 7200 RPM HDD (Single Drive)

Corsair CX430 V2 80 Plus Certified PSU


My question is, will my rig be able to run Starcraft 2 and Battlefield 3 on maxed settings with good fps?

THANKS.
September 11, 2012 1:14:06 PM

You're CPU is a shade mismatched against the GPU. Should really be an i5.

Both games are fairly CPU intensive with BF3 being both CPU and GPU intensive so you might want to tweak your order by phone.

Max settings with solid 60 FPS in BF3 requires dual GPUs but you can adjust some of the more demanding settings down to help stabilise things.
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September 11, 2012 1:17:55 PM

I think its too late to change stuff in my order. But doesnt Starcraft 2 only use two cores?
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September 11, 2012 2:30:56 PM

SC2 will run maxed no problem @ 1920 x 1080 especially as its a game that doesn't need a constant 60FPS. BF3 you will need to lower the settings on large multiplayer maps. And I think you got the balance just right between how much you spent on the CPU & GPU.
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September 11, 2012 3:40:15 PM

SC2 does only use 2 cores ... mainly just one infact; but yes additional cores will not increase FPS. However the increased L3 cache an i5 gives does increase FPS (since SC2 is heavily CPU dependant).

BF3 will make use of additional cores however. As will many upcoming games of similar intensity.

I should also point out that the i3 you've got is a sandy bridge. It is sat in a panther point chipset (z77) which gives PCI-e 3.0 but the i3 itself will not support it limiting you to v2.0 speeds. You could argue that the card won't saturate v2.0 but that's another discussion.

I still feel an (ivybridge) i5 would match up better - 3450 or better.

As long as they haven't dispatched your order I'd be surprised if you couldn't change it. That said, don't freak out about it. The i3 is a great CPU regardless.
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September 11, 2012 8:33:24 PM

Haha I thought my graphics card would make up for my cpu. Lol silly me. I'll probably upgrade my processor sooner or later, what specific processor do you guys recommend? I'm a heavy PC gamer.
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September 11, 2012 11:01:07 PM

Your i3 is fine with a 7850 its not worth upgrading unless you get a better card as well. If you did want to upgrade then get an ivy bridge i5.
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September 12, 2012 2:24:46 AM

That's an interesting prebuilt.

Out of curiosity, how much money was it? Most prebuilts have i7's or i5's and crappy GPU's, but this one has a nice GPU and a fairly inexpensive CPU.
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September 12, 2012 9:14:38 AM

voiidwulf said:
That's an interesting prebuilt.

Out of curiosity, how much money was it? Most prebuilts have i7's or i5's and crappy GPU's, but this one has a nice GPU and a fairly inexpensive CPU.

Cyber power build PCs to whatever spec you want.
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September 12, 2012 7:59:03 PM

voiidwulf said:
That's an interesting prebuilt.

Out of curiosity, how much money was it? Most prebuilts have i7's or i5's and crappy GPU's, but this one has a nice GPU and a fairly inexpensive CPU.
Is it interesting in a good way or bad way? Lol it was my first time ever customizing a rig. Out of all the summer end mega sales and shipping fee and plus the gaming mouse and keyboard i got, it came to a total of 864 dollars.
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September 13, 2012 2:03:46 AM

Submitted said:
Is it interesting in a good way or bad way? Lol it was my first time ever customizing a rig. Out of all the summer end mega sales and shipping fee and plus the gaming mouse and keyboard i got, it came to a total of 864 dollars.



In a good way.

An i3 and a 7850 is a much better combo than what most are like. With other companies it's usually something like i7 and Radeon HD 6470 and they call it a gaming PC.
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September 13, 2012 9:25:35 AM

starcraft will be able to run no probs but the 7850 just wont run BF3 on max although it will run on high
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September 13, 2012 1:12:23 PM

Polo13x said:
starcraft will be able to run no probs but the 7850 just wont run BF3 on max although it will run on high

Will BF3 run high on good fps?
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September 13, 2012 1:17:21 PM

voiidwulf said:
In a good way.

An i3 and a 7850 is a much better combo than what most are like. With other companies it's usually something like i7 and Radeon HD 6470 and they call it a gaming PC.

Thats good to hear. Took me forever to choose whether to get a better gpu or cpu since my budget was kind of tight. But of course I will upgrade my processor soon since most future games will make use of more cores.
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