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August 25, 2012 12:06:45 PM

Hi Guys, I'm planning on making a new build (my first build) and would just like to make sure it will play most high end games on the market at the moment, including Dayz at around 30+ FPS. Also any opinions on the build would be appreciated :) .

AMD FX Bulldozer 8150 CPU
Arctic cooling Freezer 13 Pro
Asus sabretooth 990fx Motherboard
Sapphire Radeon HD6870 Graphics Card
Corsair Vengeance 8gb (2x4) RAM
Corsair Gaming Series 600W PSU
Seagate Barracuda 1tb
August 25, 2012 12:31:21 PM

Yes

That setup can run ARMA 3 as well, look here

http://gamesystemrequirements.com/games.php?id=305

If you make a profile there, it will compare your specs automatically and tell you whether you can run the game 100% or 95% etc...

I think you have to tweak ARMA II to use more cores, but it is not that hard. Start by downloading the Six updater from the Dayz website.



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August 25, 2012 12:33:05 PM

Any reason you prefer AMD solutions? or are you willing to go intel/Nvidia?

If yes, then swap out the Bulldozer for either an i5-2500k or and i5-3570k - they are arguably the best CPU's for gaming at the minute.

The 6870 is a good choice, but according to an article on this site (http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...) it ties with Nvidia's GTX 560.

I would personally go for the 560 as it offers CUDA and PhysX which you will find on many current titles. It also has slightly more overclocking headroom if you plan on doing so.

If the things mentioned above have no interest to you, then go with the cheapest one of the two.

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August 25, 2012 12:41:59 PM

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August 25, 2012 12:42:45 PM

Also look at this guy's videos. He is using the same card and has the video settings at the normal level. I know because he tweaks his video settings during game play :D .

You would need a better card to run everything on the highest settings.
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August 25, 2012 4:51:05 PM

To be honest, i have thought about going intel and have looked at the 560 but after looking at reviews I was stuck between the i5 3570k and the Bulldozer 8150 but eventually decided on the 8150.

I do also have another build option using the i5 3570k and the 560 at around the same price but wasn't sure as I will not be doing any overclocking.

Thanks alot for the feedback though! and i will consider the intel option if it will run better :D .
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August 25, 2012 4:56:46 PM

Thanks :) . If the 6870 can not run Dayz on the highest settings do you know any other graphics cards around the same price that might do?

Thanks for the feedback though.
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August 26, 2012 7:08:59 PM

Day-Z is a bit of a pain to run well because its an ARMA II mod - a game known to be rather poorly optimised.

You'll find even top end cards (7970, 680) can have trouble with the game. It depends on where you are in-game, and how many people are in your server.

The article I linked before shows you the best cards for the price, so really your not going to find a better card than a 6870/560 for the same price.

So if youre looking for a more powerful card, youre gunna have bump your budget up a little.
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August 26, 2012 7:14:39 PM

You're spending too much for the mobo. Get a 3570K/2500K and Extreme 4/Pro4. Then, get the 1GB 7850 for $190.
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August 26, 2012 7:30:19 PM

obsama1 said:
You're spending too much for the mobo. Get a 3570K/2500K and Extreme 4/Pro4. Then, get the 1GB 7850 for $190.


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August 26, 2012 7:31:31 PM

Could you suggest a card thats below £200? I have been looking around for the best possible card in that price range. I'm buying all the other components from amazon, so hopefully it will be sold on there. I could possibly spend slightly more on the graphics card if I get a slightly cheaper Motherboard.

Thanks for all the help you have given so far.:D 
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August 26, 2012 7:32:06 PM

A 7850 would be a good sub-200 choice, like obsama1 has suggested.
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August 26, 2012 7:32:31 PM

Any other good/cheaper motherboards that you know of that will go with an AMD CPU though?

Thanks for the feedback.
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August 26, 2012 7:35:59 PM

tomprior6 said:
Any other good/cheaper motherboards that you know of that will go with an AMD CPU though?

Thanks for the feedback.


I really would advise going with intel - this is a post comparing the Bulldozer and i5-2500k on these forums and just look at the overwhelming amount of responses from very high ranking members in favour on the i5.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/320166-10-bulldozer...
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August 26, 2012 7:49:29 PM

I can see where your coming for but the trouble im having now is getting the right balance in price with the CPU, Motherboard and graphics card. I am aiming at around £750-£800 and with the 7850 I may have to get a cheaper CPU and/or Motherboard. I just need to find the right balance. My current price without CPU, Mobo and Graphics card is £410. Do you know any combination that would bring it to around £750?

Many Thanks.
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August 27, 2012 11:20:14 AM

How about this:

CPU: Intel i5-3570k (£175)
Mobo: Asus P8Z77-V LX (£84)
GPU: AMD Radeon 7850 (£150)

Total: £409


If thats too much, just drop down to your original 6870
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August 27, 2012 11:36:25 AM

Where are you buying the graphics card from? I am buying all the other components from Amazon UK and the only Radeon 7850 they have on there is the Sapphire 2gb Version for £195.
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August 27, 2012 12:37:07 PM

If you want to run games like ARMA II on the highest settings, focus on getting the best CPU possible. You CAN use as many cores as you may have, even more than 4, but you have tweak the game. ARMA II is not GPU hungry, it is CPU hungry, a lot.

Most people will tell you the game is poorly optimized, which might or might not be true. You have to consider that this is a simulator. The engine is doing so many things at the same time. Even the best optimized Sim will run poorly if you don't have a high end desktop.




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August 27, 2012 12:44:44 PM

Will the extra cores in the Bulldozer series (say from the FX-6100 and above) help in any way to play the games more smoothly? If not could you recommend a CPU to use? Thanks
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August 27, 2012 12:55:40 PM

i5 3570k, or if not oc then go with i5 3450
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August 27, 2012 1:07:21 PM

tomprior6 said:
Will the extra cores in the Bulldozer series (say from the FX-6100 and above) help in any way to play the games more smoothly? If not could you recommend a CPU to use? Thanks



No, they wont.

and as I and others have already said; i5-3570k
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August 27, 2012 1:44:07 PM

The v1.07 Patch was pretty much made so that you can use more than 2 cores, you can use 4 or more with the patch. So yes you can use all of those 8 cores, on top of that you will be set for the future, because you can always tell your CPU what to do.

For testing look at what this guy did. http://forums.bistudio.com/showthread.php?80223-Arma-2-...
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August 27, 2012 1:52:14 PM

Alright I will take a look at all the graphics cards and intel processors to find the best ones for the price and job.

Thanks alot for all the help guys.
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August 27, 2012 2:24:22 PM

The link posted by Inductor clearly shows how having 8 cores is no advantage, and is even a disadvantage, as the highest score comes from his 4-core max test.

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August 27, 2012 3:48:16 PM

Gallarian said:
The link posted by Inductor clearly shows how having 8 cores is no advantage, and is even a disadvantage, as the highest score comes from his 4-core max test.


Yes, it is practically useless :) 
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August 27, 2012 5:03:04 PM

(tomprior - dont forget to select a best answer, so the thread is marked 'solved')
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August 27, 2012 5:12:24 PM

oh right sorry:D 
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August 27, 2012 5:15:31 PM

Best answer selected by tomprior6.
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