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June 30, 2010 9:43:18 PM

I am planning on building my first gaming PC sometime soon, and having wandered these many internets, I have come up with these specs. Apparently, these should play Crysis on highest settings, or at least with everything but AA turned up.

Processor: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/172755 Intel Core i5 750 (£165)
PSU: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146722 Antec Signature Series 850W (£150)
Graphics Card: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/199781 ATI Radeon 5870 (£315)
Memory: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191178 Corsiar 4GB DDR3 (£115)
Hard Drive: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173804 Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB (£55)
Motherboard: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/194854 ASUS P7P55D-E Pro (£110)
Thermal Paste: http://www.amazon.co.uk/OCZ-Thermal-Compound-Freeze/dp/B00128TA78/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1276630915&sr=8-1 OCZ Freeze (£7)
Monitor: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/194604 LG 22" HD Monitor 1920x1080 (£130)
Disk Drive: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/191042 Samsung SH-B083L (£65)
Case: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/118268 Antec 900 (£70)
Internet-gubbins: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/220221 Edimax Wireless-N150 (£18)
OS: http://www.ebuyer.com/product/173791 Windows 7 64-Bit OEM (£80)

Overall: £1280

However, after reading about how much spiffier it'll make Mafia II, as well as some other things, I'm really interested in PhysX. It's my understanding that I can only run it on a nVIDIA card, so here's my question. Would my best best be buying a GTX 480 (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/202284) for £100 more, or two GTX 470s (http://www.ebuyer.com/product/202279) for £300 more, bearing in mind that if I went the 470 route, I'd probably buy one now, and a second in the future?

Also, I'm pretty sure it is, but is that every component I'd need, and will they all work together?

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July 1, 2010 8:15:53 PM

mindless728 said:
not to mention Mafia II doesn't have GPU accelerated PhysX (only uses the cpu)

GPU Accelerated PhysX game list


Oops, my bad. I'm new to this :D 

Would my processor be likely to be able to run Mafia II without playing as a slideshow? And would it still be worth getting a GTX 470/480? Ta.
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July 1, 2010 8:48:50 PM

yeah, it would be fine
July 1, 2010 9:01:14 PM

mindless728 said:
yeah, it would be fine


Ta.
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