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August 1, 2008 5:53:35 PM

hello there http://img.tomshardware.com/forum/uk/icones/smilies/hel... n00b here
I am just wondering what the best SLI graphics card that I should get to be able to play crisis with all very high settings.
I am going to build my own PC in order to play high def games and I want to get good performance out of it, so I would like to see if any of you guys can recomend some of the compenents that I should get to achieve this.

I am New to all of this so if there is a web site or something that you might recomend to understand computer components please tell me.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2008 6:04:59 PM

Welcome, prepare yourself for a lot of bashing on this question; it has been rehashed here for well over a year.

Quote:
I am just wondering what the best SLI graphics card that I should get to be able to play crisis with all very high settings.


That, my friend, doesn't exist on this planet. At least not at a very playable level.


Budget?
Resolution?
Rest of system specs?

I highly recommend searching some other THG forums for some input here...and be prepared to get some snide remarks for not doing more searching. Its part of the hazing process.

:) 
August 1, 2008 6:12:40 PM

Yeah like I said I am new to this, I am going to research some stuff about this.
sorry for the mistake.
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a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2008 6:16:12 PM

No no no...no mistake...I just wanted to warn you. You might get flamed on this one, only because there are tons of forums on THG about it, and most people feel like its deja vu. There is plenty to learn, just poke about a bit and you can find most of it.
August 1, 2008 6:24:08 PM

Thank you very much rubix_1011 and dirtmountain
I shall start my research wish me luck.
August 1, 2008 6:24:39 PM

a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2008 6:25:41 PM

jeez! who brought the new guy?!?!? haha, just kidding, post what you already have and let us know if it has to be SLI(Nvivia), or can it be Crossfire?(ATI)
August 1, 2008 6:34:54 PM

haha, yeah thanks for the real confidence builder.
Alright then, I will post what I find and what I am looking for later.
August 1, 2008 6:39:56 PM

You might also want to check out the forums at http://www.incrysis.com/ for info as well. There are custom configs that work well, and of course a lot of benchmark data from different setups.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2008 7:02:47 PM

My base setup:

XFX Nforce 790i
3.45 (OC) QX9650
2GB DDR3 RAM (1333)
1GB XFX 9800GX2

Cost me an arm and a leg when I built it (CPU cost $1200, but it handles all high Crysis (DX 9 anyway...) at 45-60 FPS. It does struggle more later on though, but a second 9800GX2 should clear that up. Note, I only run at 1280x1024 (its a necessity, but gets the job done).

As above, check out www.incrysis.com

Also, do you have an idea on how much you want to spend to get Crysis on a playable level? Any objections to all high at 800x600? 1024x768? Take some time to figure out exactly what you want, than figure out how much you want to spend to get those results.
August 1, 2008 8:13:37 PM

Three GTX 280s in Tri-SLI on a 790i Ultra board with 8 GB of low latency DDR3 RAM and an Intel Quad Core processor that gets at least 4 GHz.

That should handle everything on Very High up to 1920 x 1200, not sure if you can do AA/AF though. Anymore than that and you're dipping back down below 40 FPS most likely.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2008 8:23:37 PM

^If you have an extra $3500+ in your bank account... :) 
a c 91 U Graphics card
August 1, 2008 8:26:02 PM

mathiasschnell said:
Three GTX 280s in Tri-SLI on a 790i Ultra board with 8 GB of low latency DDR3 RAM and an Intel Quad Core processor that gets at least 4 GHz.

That should handle everything on Very High up to 1920 x 1200, not sure if you can do AA/AF though. Anymore than that and you're dipping back down below 40 FPS most likely.



HA! It's amazing how much better this game plays above 3.6 vs even a 3.0 processor. You're right about the memory. 8gig helps it load a lot faster too.

One of my friends just built a new machine with a DFI board, 8gig of 1066, ( ddr2 ) an e8500 and 2 4870's which he over clocked. Can run at high and very high res. ( proc @ 4100 and something )

Who do you blame for the slow processors on the market, Intel for sand bagging it or AMD for falling on their faces and not providing the competitiveness ?
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2008 8:46:35 PM

skittle said:


[:datmanii]

To the OP if Tri-SLi doesn't answer your question, then you're asking the wrong question.
Re-think and either be specific when asking or else search the other 'what should I buy' threads starting with Cleeve's sticky.
a b U Graphics card
August 1, 2008 8:49:39 PM

swifty_morgan said:

Who do you blame for the slow processors on the market, Intel for sand bagging it or AMD for falling on their faces and not providing the competitiveness ?


Kinda funny people said the same about nV, and then this last release everyone realized, Oh Jeez, they weren't sand bagging, they didn't have anything.
Based on intels 45nm woes of their own, I doubt there's all that much sand-bagging going on. The biggest difference being I don't expect AMD's CPU div to pull of the return that AMD's GPU division did.

August 1, 2008 9:02:29 PM

OK im done with 3 hours of research and still reading.
How did you guys get your knowledge about computers, did you guys take courses if so which or books you recommend.
Please tell me im just a dumb n00b in need

thank you guys for the helpfull comments
August 1, 2008 9:04:20 PM

Oh and my budget is under 2000 bucks
August 1, 2008 10:08:52 PM

rubix_1011 said:
^If you have an extra $3500+ in your bank account... :) 


Not true.

You dont need a Quad for Crysis it doesnt even use two cores properly, Gtx260's have exceptional sli scaling in that game and an overclocked gtx 260 is faster than a stock gtx 280, so its not that expensive at all.

MSI P7N SLI Platinum 750i $150

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI GeForce GTX 260 OC x 2 $490

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel E8500 $189

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB PC 64005-5-5-12 $68

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR 750TX $93

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thats not even a $1000 and all it takes to play Crysis on Very high is to set the cpu to 4ghz and overclock the hell out of the gtx 260's.


1680x1050 DX10 Very High is possibile not problem on a 4ghz Dual, 2 x gtx 260 oc and 4gigs of ram.



August 1, 2008 10:51:21 PM

I am pretty sure the 4870 X2 should be out soon, and also should be the best single slot solution.
August 2, 2008 2:42:07 AM

I use gtx260 SLI - and I came from 8800 GT SLI; and the performance isn't even remotely comparable.
August 2, 2008 2:50:11 AM

yes, thats GTX 260 SLI...
August 2, 2008 2:51:40 AM

yup, I would hope there would be a tangible benefit to upgrading, and there was.
August 2, 2008 2:55:01 AM

i have an HD4850 on a pcie1 mobo atm, and i played on very high at avg 30 fps.

and a pcie2 motherboard would run it even better.

theh 4800 series is excellent.

recommend waiting for the release of the 4870X2
August 2, 2008 2:56:35 AM

Agreed, 4870x2 in its prototype testing has proven to be an excellent gpu - given its this close to release time, there is no reason not to wait 2-4 weeks for the 4870x2
August 2, 2008 3:12:18 AM

OK im done with 5 hours of research and still reading.
How did you guys get your knowledge about computers, did you guys take courses if so which or books you recommend.
Please tell me im just a dumb n00b in need

thank you guys for the helpfull comments
August 2, 2008 3:39:28 AM

www.anandtech.com
www.tomshardware.com
www.hardocp.com
www.tweaktown.com
www.guru3d.com


Those are my primary resources.

ed: about getting knowledge

I worked for a system builder about 100 years ago, I started tinkering with computers when I was 10 years old. Pretty much all first-hand experience and reading review sites and manufacturer sites, it takes some time to get up on the newest tech, but after a while you start to pick up on the details - functionally, a lot of it works similarly.
August 2, 2008 5:28:03 AM

You are all kidding yourselves with this ATI crap...don't forget the OP wants CRYSIS performance. He has to get Nvidia GPUs so he can play it the way its meant to be played... [:thegreatgrapeape:5]


Maybe this will help
August 2, 2008 5:43:55 AM

^^ :lol: 
depends on what you want to spend i guess. if you don't care about performance per dollar go with nvidia.
the GTX280 SLI setup would be...around $900?
a 4870 crossfire setup would be...around $575?
a 4850 crossfire setup would be...around $325?

the 9800GX2 won't run it as well but i'll admit it's not bad for around 350.
but it's funny how the nvidia fanboys are these days.




EDIT: ati did fix their crappy AA problems, which is something to consider. notice the big hit on the 9800GX2 with AA enabled.

like i said my 4850 at 1440x900 on very high ran it at right around 30. avg 31 if i remember right.
point is, ati's back in the game.

August 4, 2008 3:37:38 AM

ok I think I got the basics now, but would like to learn more just in case.
anyother sites or books you recomend to read for a deeper understanding of computer hardware?

thank you for the comments
August 4, 2008 3:42:28 AM

wikipedia.org - there is typically an explanation for most terminology in there somewhere.
August 4, 2008 7:52:11 AM

"I worked for a system builder about 100 years ago"
roflmao OTP
August 4, 2008 8:51:22 AM

^yeah i lol'd too


if you're trying to spend up to 2000 dollars you can make an amazing system.

just find stuff you think you might be interested and ask in the forums, if the part hasn't already been covered.
August 4, 2008 9:21:53 AM

^aww man $2000 that would be water cooled...velociraptors... high end sli...quad core ohhhhhh im drooling :) 
August 4, 2008 6:21:10 PM

V3NOM said:
"I worked for a system builder about 100 years ago"
roflmao OTP



I'm going to purposely not correct that mistake.
August 4, 2008 6:23:44 PM

hhahaahyea said:
^yeah i lol'd too


if you're trying to spend up to 2000 dollars you can make an amazing system.

just find stuff you think you might be interested and ask in the forums, if the part hasn't already been covered.



The key is to get combo deals, it can really drop system cost down by several hundred dollars by the time you finish up.
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