I'm planning on purchasing a DELL XPS 8300 i5 desktop and I was wondering how it'd fare in terms of games. I will mostly be using this desktop to record music and play video games (anything from KOTOR to Crysis 2 and Skyrim in a couple of months) and i'd like to know if it'll provide a smooth performance, preferably 30 fps or greater. Here are the specs straight off the manufacturer's site.
Intel Core i5-2300 2.80 GHz
6 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
1 TB SATA 7200 RPM
GTX460 (from my old rig)
In the future I plan on upgrading to a 2600K but that won't be for awhile. the only immediate upgrades i'll make besides plugging in my GTX460 and hercules soundcard is maybe adding 2gb more ram. i've looked up benchmarks for all these components separately but it's hard for me to gauge how it'd do as a system. thank you for the help in advance.
ps. i know building my own gaming rig would be a lot cheaper but right now i simply don't have the time to thoroughly research and find budgetable components. it helps that i get a free xbox with this desktop
I give it a 7.5 out of 10. It should run anything at 30fps at 1080p except for Crysis 2 DX11, you will have to turn some settings down on that one.
Sorry, I'm not familiar with the term 1080p. I know it's a resolution but does it refer to game settings also in this case? my monitor is 1920x1200. Would I be able to run METRO 2033 at this resolution maxed with a decent framerate?
You won't be able to max out Metro 2033 at 1920x1200 with a GTX 460. Metro 2033 is almost as demanding as Crysis 2 when you talk about it's maximum settings. You probably could just barely run it at high with AAA, Advanced Depth of Field off, 4xAF, though your framerate will get choppy in some of the busier sections of the game. You may or may not be able to get a decent framerate with Tessellation enabled. Most rigs that can max out Metro 2033 at higher resolutions like 1920x1200 run 2 higher end cards in Crossfire or SLI eg. 2 GTX 560Ti or 2 Radeon HD 6950.