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August 12, 2010 11:09:55 PM

Hello all, i'm sorry but i have a story behind my question. My current computer is a Core 2 quad, with 8 GB of 800 Mhz memory and a geforce 8800 GTX. I was playing crysis recently (again) and wondered what it would look like on my 52" sharp TV. Needless to say i was disappointed, i couldn't leave everything on very high setting anymore at 1920x1080 resolution, it played horribly. I've always played it on very high without a problem, but this was on a 19" monitor at 1440x900. On to my question, i have a build i'm planning on purchasing and was wondering if i could both, keep crysis on very high at 1920x1080 on 52" and also, is the move worth it overall? Specs for the build i'm planning are: EVGA X58 Sli LGA 1366 board, Core i7 930 2.8, 6 GB DDR3 1600 Mhz (i'll move slightly up to 8 shortly after), and ATI Radeon HD 5850. That said is there anyone that can tell me if that is worth it overall from what i have now and will i be able to run crysis like i want? I should note that i'm not expecting to use AA (anti-aliasing) nor have i ever attempted it with crysis. I thank you all greatly for any feedback.

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August 13, 2010 3:54:52 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Video Games to section Systems by Mousemonkey
August 13, 2010 4:05:15 AM

A 5850 is highly unlikely to play Crysis on high at 1920x1080.

It looks to me like your planned build is spending too much money on the CPU & mobo, and not enough on the graphics card. The processor has very little to do with how Crysis is going to play at 1920x1080...a gaming build should focus as much money as possible on getting the best GPU available.

You'll probably get a better computer build for your needs suggested if you were to fill out the info requested in the How to Ask for New Build Advice thread.
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August 13, 2010 6:49:06 AM

I concur with coldsleep. You would be better off with an i5-750 on a p55 motherboard or even better a AMD x3 or x4.

Then get a 5870 or in the case of the i5-750 I'd go with dual 460 1GBs.

But yeah do the template that coldsleep linked and we'll see what we get.

I'd also like to point out that a Core2Quad with 8GB of RAM is a very solid foundation for a gaming system. Meaning you could probably just upgrade your GPU and be able to play just fine.

In fact, I suggest that. Sell the 8800 on, take whatever you can get for it, then just buy 2 460 1GBs run them in SLI and enjoy. That is as long as your current motherboard can support PCIe 2.0 8x/8x.

If it only has i PCIe 2.0 16x, then I'd just get a 480 and call it a day.
August 13, 2010 3:18:01 PM

Thanks for your replies guys, your advice makes perfect sense, i'm just embarrased i didn't think of it. Now i have a dilemma of trying to decide between HD 5870 or GTX 480, the GTX 480 has more memory but the 5870's core clock speed is about 150 Mhz more than 480. Everything i read shows 480 is the dominant card but it is also more expensive, plus i saw a crysis benchmark on this site showing the 5870 outperforming the 480. I'm ready to pull my hair out.
August 13, 2010 3:20:39 PM


Crysis series is one hell of a GPU dependent game!
August 13, 2010 3:58:21 PM

The Balanced Gaming PC (part 4) article had some benchmarks, but it doesn't include the 480.

This set of benchmarks shows them about the same, but it's a few months old, the performance should be somewhat (though perhaps not enough to make the choice a no-brainer) better at this point due to newer drivers.
August 13, 2010 4:48:17 PM

the 480 sucks a lot of power, just make sure your PSU is big enough.