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What are some cheaper graphics cards that still run Crysis well?

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November 21, 2009 5:16:08 PM

I would like to get a Radeon HD 5850, but I was wondering if there were any cheap cards that are still good at running Crysis? I'm up for an Nvidia card if it's cheaper. Thanks for helping.
a c 130 U Graphics card
November 21, 2009 5:27:33 PM

vchov said:
I would like to get a Radeon HD 5850, but I was wondering if there were any cheap cards that are still good at running Crysis? I'm up for an Nvidia card if it's cheaper. Thanks for helping.



Totally depends on what you are looking for exactly. Like running at what quality settings at what resolution ? When it first came out I ran the game on a X1650XT at 1024x768 with 2x AA. Of course it ran a lot better on the HD3850 I upgraded to when I replaced my system.

Mactronix
November 21, 2009 5:34:08 PM

I don't need to have the best resolution, as long as the graphics are still crisp. At least 1080x768 is a good resolution for me. I just need to shed some of the price while still being able to run the new games(Call of Duty MW 2 is the first game I would like to play) at decent settings. I'm building a whole new system and I don't make money too easily, so I just need something good to start with.
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a c 167 U Graphics card
November 21, 2009 5:40:20 PM

As Mac says: It depends very much on the rest of your system and monitor resolution, so please post your specs.
As a general guide: My rig runs it well enough to be playable at: 1920x1200, all high, DX9 renderer but I suspect youll need to go up to a GTX275/HD4890 for it to be really smooth (My expectations are not as high as some)...Nor my wallet as full:( 
November 21, 2009 5:51:07 PM

Okay, my planned specs are as follows, but I want to save some money so I can get the computer faster:
Graphics Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB PCIe x16($260)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002R5AB8W/ref=s9_simz...



Motherboard: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard ($230)

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



Processor: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1336 Quad Core ($280)

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



Case: Antec 300 Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower($60)

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



Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W($130)

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



Hard Disk Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM($80)

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



Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black iHAS124-04 SATA($29)

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



RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3 1600 Triple Channel ($154)

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



Wireless Card: D-Link DWA-556($80)

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



Ethernet Cable: Link Depot C6M-50-WHB 50 ft. Cat 6 White Network Cable($7.50)

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



Thermal Compound: ZALMAN ZM - STG1 Thermal Compound($10)

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



CPU Cooling Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 120mm($30)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 130 U Graphics card
November 21, 2009 5:58:53 PM

Ok thanks for posting the spec's, you said "At least 1080x768 is a good resolution for me" but whats the native res of the monitor ? Its better to try and run native if you can.
It still really depends what else you want the PC for. For starters unless you are going to be crunching some serious numbers/encoding lots of video etc then the first thing I would do is ditch the i7 set up and go with an i5 set up instesd, that should save quite a bit.
Mactronix
November 21, 2009 6:06:12 PM

By "crunching some serious numbers/encoding lots of video", do you mean HD video editing? If so, I don't edit HD video, but I may do it in the distant future. If I should step down from an i7, should I get an AM3 Phenom II X4 3.4Ghz Deneb Processor? And an AMD processor to go with it?
a c 130 U Graphics card
November 21, 2009 6:12:16 PM

Im sending you a link in which you can compare CPU performance, they may not all be on there but its pretty good. Take a look at comparing differant CPU's. It should give you an idea how the differant CPU's will perform in various tasks.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=47&p2=109

Mactronix :) 
November 21, 2009 6:35:46 PM

It seems they perform similarly to me. I'll get the AMD processor. It's cheaper and performs similarly. The other reason is because I already had plans for an i5 based system if I wanted one. I read that the Intel P55 chipset is more likely to burn the processor out, which is why I stepped up to the i7.
a c 130 U Graphics card
November 21, 2009 6:39:39 PM

Not heard that myself but fair enough, should save you enough to get the 5850 now then ? Or will you settle for a 5770 ? Personally i would go 5850 if you can.

Mactronix
November 21, 2009 6:54:01 PM

Well, I guess after the savings from getting the AMD motherboard+CPU, I should have enough money to buy the 5850 and still save money, so I would get it then.
November 21, 2009 7:29:58 PM

I'm 14 years old and I have somewhere between $1,000 and $2,000. I won't touch that money because my mom says that to pay for college, she expects me to rely on a scholarship. I think she's lying about not having money saved away, because it's incredibly unwise in my opinion to rely on getting a scholarship. My GPA is 3.8317, according to my last report card(I got it 2 days ago), but I imagine there will be a lot of people who have the same chances as me at getting a scholarship. If she is, then I can dip in that >$1,000 store and use it to buy the parts. If not, then I'll hold onto that cash. I want to go to either MIT, Harvard, Yale, or Brown for college, and it would be difficult to cover the price with a scholarship. I want to build this computer because I want to use it, but mostly because I want to learn how to build them. I want to make a career out of system building and software development, so I saw building a computer a good opportunity to gain experience. I just don't want to fiddle with my college money if that's it. Maybe in the future, I could build a Hackintosh and develop iPhone apps, that was my original goal for raising money for college before I decided to learn about system building, anyway.
November 21, 2009 7:48:58 PM

Don't even think about touching your college money. If you want to buy your own computer and your parents don't want to help, just get a summer job or something.

OK, $2000 is not much, but you never know. Just make sure you get an education.
November 21, 2009 7:55:14 PM

Two 4850s cross-fired or a single 4890 are cheap solutions compared to the current high-end cards.
November 22, 2009 12:59:27 AM

Probably shouldn't spend your college money but let's be honest here... $2000 will buy you half a class at an Ivy League School. I spent a good $30,000 at a state college 10 years ago :) 
November 22, 2009 1:03:57 AM

OH... forgot to mention... I just played Crysis Warhead in 1080P Ultra Details, 0AA, 0FF with a Core 8400 and HD4870 1G. Overclocked of course, but not much. I'd second the 4870 or a Geforce 260. I'd wait on the 5850 because it's still quite overpriced.
November 22, 2009 4:50:41 AM

I run crysis 1600x1050 with medium settings no anti aliasing. It runs fine. I would like to run high or even ultra high, but that slows down my game play.

I have a 4870 1gig
E5200 dual core 2.5gigs, 4 gigs of ram. 600 watt thermal take psu.
November 22, 2009 5:00:16 AM

tuesday0180 said:
I run crysis 1600x1050 with medium settings no anti aliasing. It runs fine. I would like to run high or even ultra high, but that slows down my game play.

I have a 4870 1gig
E5200 dual core 2.5gigs, 4 gigs of ram. 600 watt thermal take psu.


How much are you willing to spend? For smooth gameplay with ultra-high settings, you will need at least a 3.2 clock and a 4870x2.
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