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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.